There are 4 weeks left (or less) until the birth our newest family member. I’m cleaning, washing and sorting in eager anticipation of welcoming BabyFish into my home.

I am in full-on nesting mode. I remember doing this before KidFish was born, but this time is SO different. Last time, I collected clothes, blankets, diapers, books, toys, gear, furniture, etc. I collected any and every thing that seemed remotely useful for me or a new baby. This time, however, I’m not collecting. I’m purging and simplifying. Not just baby stuff, but my stuff, kitchen stuff, household stuff, stuff in storage…everything.

Why?

In the past 4 years, I’ve learned that kids (and I) don’t need much. At least, I don’t need nearly as much as I’ve collected over the years. In fact, I’ve learned that too much stuff actually stresses me out.

I’ve learned that the things I need most aren’t things at all. I need love. I need hugs. I need laughter. I need space to be creative. I need to explore. I need to go outside and soak up sunshine. With this knowledge, I gladly let go of my unnecessary possessions to take hold of the things I (and BabyFish) need more.

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