i still live in a cluttered house, but deciding to have ds without a partner or a background that makes a white collar job a likelihood meant accepting the fact that I might have to give it all up and move to an RV, converted chicken coop, or other "extreme" alternative shelter.
i've kept the baby gear down to a minimal I never even imagined befiore living it and I LOVE it! It's made his infancy so peaceful and low-stress that I feel so sorry for my other kids who had all this "stuff" cluttering up their lives and I'm starting to see minimalism spill over a bit into other areas of my life.
We have an on-site washer/dryer so ds was fine with five baby gowns since he's not much of a spitter-upper. When he became mobile, I picked out the stitches of the organic bamboo jersey gowns and made T shirts out of them. I don't accept gifts because I'd rather dress him in the clothes I made or carefully select than in what someone else thinks babies should wear so I don't hurt the gift-giver's feelings.
When ds's drawer gets hard to close, it's time to pick out his outgrown/unused clothing and give it to someone who can appreciate it. I've NEVER had those horrible stress filled searches for matching socks that turned me into the meanest mommy in the world.
He didn't have or need any toys until he was a good ten months old and we found some nice, wooden handcrafted toys in the back of dd's closet that we couldn't bear not to give him. I think he's benefited greatly from interacting with people more and inanimate objects less and i'm kind of sad to have "caved".
Christmas is also making me more materialistic than I like so I'm thrilled to have found some support and help.; I don't want this year to be over. I don't want to put ds in CalWorks daycare to pay for a tickle me elmo and a bunch of clothes I don't even like,