I purged 15 blank reward certificates from when I taught 4th grade back in 2007. They were as old as the kids were in my class at the time....those same kids graduated from High School this year. What a spiral.
Indeed, I've been "spiraling into the location" of minimalism. It's not a straight line by any means...the clutter moves and I chase it around the house, but I'm slowly getting down to essentials. Today I heard an echo in my dining room!
The other challenge is avoiding garage sales, thrift stores...dumpsters. I'm discovering that "free" items often come with unseen costs. They require a manager and a cleaning lady too!
More purging has included blank journals with 4-5 pages used in the front of each. I've tossed at least 10, shredding those old pages or tearing them out and inserting them inside of a different journal. I need a program called "unScattered" for my artsy brain...something to help me gather thoughts and ideas into ONE journal instead of 4.