Let me first say, I am by far a minimalist. I was raised to have plenty of food in the cupboard in case of an impromptu gathering, to love books on the shelves for rainy days, to never get rid of any clothes because you never know when you're going to need a hot pick snake skin print skirt again...and sadly, to not ever throw anything away (and by throw I imply recycling what is recyclable or donate/consign anything appropriate for that fate). But on top of all of that, our parents are equally as unhelpful and not wanted to see any of their "junk" go to waste and wanting to see it be "put to good use" they have burdened us with more stuff then bearable at this point. I'm at my wits end. I can't take the ugly furniture that just takes up space, piles of old mail, clothes that I will not ever wear again, etc etc etc! We have a very small apt that we share with a roommate, and have zero room for more stuff let alone all the things that come along with a new baby! We are doing our best to figure now what we need to purge, how we can minimize (or what items can be multi-use) the "need" list of baby items but my biggest fear is getting the message loud an clear to our parents, family and friends that no matter how excited they are for us and how fun it is to shop for baby, we will have a very set list of items we need and have room for and limited room for anything additional.
So I look to you amazing ladies for help and support in this transition to a junk free (or maybe just less junk cluttered) lifestyle.