Today I am 35 weeks and 3 days, so the nesting game is really strong right now. We've spent the past couple of months going through and organizing our entire house. Every closet, every drawer, every cabinet. We live in such a consumer society that it's so easy to pack every single inch of our homes with "stuff" that we don't need and often completely forget about. Being such a visual inspired person all that "stuff" equalled stressed for me. If my kitchen is messy, I don't want to cook. However, if it's clean, I love to go all Betty Crocker and make meals all day long. If my bedroom has clothes and randomness everywhere, I have found that I wake up in a bad mood.
I recently listened to a podcast that talked about how we should wake up for life and not wake up to life. This really motivated me to clear my house of all the unnecessary things lying around. I cleared the clutter and I'm only keeping things that are useful and visually appealing to me. I have found that my house is now so much easier to clean and take care of. Before I would be moving things around to dust and vacuum each room, and now I can dust and clean my whole house in less than 45 minutes. My mind is at ease and I feel so much less stressed bringing a baby into our home in a few weeks.
I wanted to carry this same process over into our son's life. Being pregnant I have become very aware of how much people think babies need (and much of it isn't necessary). You don't need 8 bottle brushes, 5 health care kits, 40 toys, etc. BUT, there are things you do need. Clothes, diapers, somewhere for your baby to sleep, a few toys, and of course books. I know I'm not an expert. (Hello, first time mom here!) I fully expect to learn and grow as I go. However, I have so many mom friends that have told me that the more baby stuff you have, the more you have to clean up (which is more work on top of taking care of babe, who wants that?!). AND out of all those millions of toys, your baby will end up liking the rocks outside the most. Haha! Aren't they funny?
Anyways, I have spent so much time putting together our son's nursery and preparing things around our house for his arrival. I am so excited to share this nursery with you because every single part of his nursery has been touched with love from all our friends and family. For new moms, cherish this moment and I hope maybe some of these ideas will help you as you prepare for your babe too!