QUESTION: Can you preemptively declutter? I think so!
When we were putting finishing touches on our nursery exactly one year ago (crazy!), we knew we wanted to create a space that would serve our immediate needs and our long term ones. Immediately, we needed a cozy, safe space for a newborn. Long term, we needed a room that could work for two young children/toddlers of any gender combination. We kept both things in mind when laying out furniture and deciding decor.
Wall space in the room is super limited, and while in the short term, I wanted to choose a theme and buy adorable framed prints that fit that theme (baby jungle animals? Shel Silverstein poems?) I knew thinking just a little further out would save us time, money and potential frustration.
In just a few years, I knew we’d be having to deal with an influx of photos and children’s artwork, so we used the available wall space to preemptively accommodate those things. This bulletin board (which we assembled during one of the many newborn naps) will be a place Sawyer (and a future sibling) can tack up their paper momentos (right now it still houses the cards we were sent when he was born). And like the other boundaries we’ve set around the house, if it’s full, things have to be taken down before anything new gets added.
I know, I know. I could have bought the adorable framed prints and just figured out the bulletin board when the time came. But would I feel like I got my money’s worth out of those prints? All that money spent for just 2-3 years on the wall? Maybe not. And if I didn’t, maybe I wouldn’t have been as open to giving up that wall space for a bulletin board. And then where would all that paper clutter go?
Maybe to some, I sound a little anal (fair!), but for me, anticipating material needs and setting boundaries for them well in advance makes me feel like even though we live in a little condo, we still have room to grow.
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