I decided I had better deal with a box full of junk. A box that I had thrown in various things one day when I was doing one of those 'people are coming! quick, tidy the house!' clean ups. You know, the ones that I wouldn't need to have if I didn't have so much clutter.
I've sent the 'artwork' to the recycling bins. There are only so many Kindy projects that I need to keep, and that's a pretty small number.
I've got a pile of things that need to just be put away. A couple of board game instructions, a few articles that I need to read and decide whether to keep it or not.
There is a sewing project that just needs ten or fifteen minutes of attention to be finished.
Then there is the rest: a pack of cards (I guess I should determine whether it is a whole pack or not), a heap of candles from when I went through a candles-and-oils-to-make-the-house-smell-nice phase (that only lasted a few weeks), some coins I saved from our New Zealand trip last year to go into my husband's coin collection (don't even ask how they still haven't got into the collection nine months later), some photos to be scrapbooked (some of them are from Big Boy's second birthday, and now he's four -and-a-half - I haven't scrapbooked much in a while), a pair of swimming goggles, a timber whistle, some computer games that don't work on my computer, the charger from our old camera (which died in NZ), a peg, a pen, nail clippers, dolls clothes (despite having two sons), wood glue, a tennis ball, my spare glasses (I'm paranoid about breaking my glasses and not being able to see until I can get them fixed!), and some manicure stuff (I don't really pay much attention to my nails, so they were probably a gift).
Some of these things have been shifted from one place to another, and then another. I tend to get caught up in the fact that something is still useful, or that a paid good money for it and hang on to things that I will never use anyway. If I want to avoid last minute clean ups, and not have a cluttered home, then I need to make those tough decisions about the things in my box. And I need to stop procrastinating.
I WANT to be a minimalist, even if the journey is painful at times.