As many of you know, I’ve been striving for more and more minimalism for the past year and a half, and while it’s not easy it’s definitely worth it. I love the freedom I feel from having less clutter and less unnecessary stuff lying around, including kid stuff. It’s so, so tempting to have a billion toys for Jack to keep him entertained, but I find that we really don’t need much as long as we’re strategic and creative.
Let me say this now—I am not one of those unicorn moms who plans special toddler craft activities every day. I’m always striving for Jack to have more independent play time (while I’m hanging out in the room drinking my coffee!), but of course it’s also important to interact when he wants to. By having less toys, I feel like Jack ends up using his imagination so much more, and we also get out of the house more! More often than not, we’ll play at home for a couple hours while we both wake up a bit, and then venture out to the Botanical Gardens, a bookstore, a park, etc. to have an adventure together. Simple, minimalist, fun. By having less to do at home, we end up having more experiences together. Plus, less play at home means less mess at home! Obviously this may change when we have a second kid, but for now this is a really great little system we have going on.
I recently was sent this little diaper clutch from Mitera Collection and it is truly a minimalist mom essential. Now that Jack is almost 2, hauling a full diaper bag around is a thing of the past. Instead, I’ve started keeping two diapers and a travel pack of wipes in this little clutch and tossing it into my bag or the stroller, just in case we need them. I have the one with organic cotton lining, but they just released one for pre-order with wipeable nylon lining and I absolutely think that’s the way to go. Baby stuff is so messy—it’s nice to know it can be wiped easily!
How do you keep things minimal while raising little ones?
P.S. The diapers and wipes shown are from Parasol, a diaper brand I am a new ambassador for and whose diapers Jack and I love! I’ll be sharing more about them soon, but until then know that you can get $20 off your first subscription box with the code NATALIE2016.