The minimalism continues! In the month of June… We only took one trunk load of toys and household supplies to Goodwill: That included this nice, ivory Ikea rug that we bought when we lived in an apartment in San Francisco and needed a rug in our bedroom. (God, I loved all those hardwood floors!) But it’s been 5 years since we’ve moved back down to San Jose and we still haven’t found a good place for it. It lived in our Family Room for about 6 months until we purchased a rug more suitable for the size of the room. The kids had fun rolling up like Bugs in a Rug before I loaded it in the trunk: I also sold my first item on eBay! I have a pile of items to try to sell, but I thought I’d try it out on this one first. I purchased this postpartum corset from Amazon, but it was too small. I purchased the next size, but then thought I would keep this in case I would fit into it someday! Well, that never happened! So I sold it for almost full price (to a man?) on eBay. Nice doing business with you.
And most of the month I spent collecting papers from all over the house and dealing with them. My hope is to go as paperless as possible! Right now all our filing is in one 4-drawer filing cabinet, which includes our tax history, our manuals and warranties, craft paper and envelopes, and all the paperwork we deemed worth keeping over the last few years. That’s pretty good already, if I do say so myself! The work I’ve done the last few weeks was to get the craft paper in there – which took some organization with file folders and tabs and the like – as well as the manuals and warranties. We were holding onto some of those for products we haven’t had for years! Having all these in the same place will really help to find them and to not go crazy when I find them in random places all over the house. Previously I had tried organizing them in a fancy binder (Pinterest-inspired), but that was too much work and intimidated me everytime I had something new to add or old to remove. Having them in a file folder is SUPER-easy. These two tasks cleared out two shelves on our bookshelf, hiding the paperwork away from view. And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, our filing system. The top two drawers include our important documents and in the back-right, the warranties and manuals. The bottom-left drawer contains craft paper and other paper supplies, like photo paper and envelopes. The bottom-right drawer contains Tax Histories and Home Sales records. Eventually those might go in a box in the attic if we need the space. Basically we know we need to keep these records, but not necessarily out in the open with easy access. My dream is to get a Fujitsu Scan Snap and take all that paperwork in the top two drawers into our computer/online filing system. But that will take some time and I want to move onto minimalism of bigger items in the house first! And part of the paper-minimalism has been to go through the kids’ artwork. I wish I had a photo of the 10-inch high stack of artwork that I threw away! They were beautiful compilations of torn stickers coming loose, three scribbles on a page, ripped jellyfish made out of paper plates, and other items I’m sure you have all over your kitchen counters any weeknight after school 🙂 I created two boxes that we will keep in the office closet – one for P and one for L – with a hanging folder for each year in school. The art and any birthday cards and school photos will go into each folder. And as it gets packed full, we’ll have to go through and remove some more. This way, each of them has a box of momentos from their childhood, BUT ONLY ONE BOX! “What about all those beautiful drawings your little Picasso’s are creating each and every day?” you ask… Well, there will be some gems that we will keep (in the ONE box). There will be some that we will want to remember, but not necessarily keep – those will be scanned or photographed. Maybe one day those will go in a book! But I would say at least 50% go Bye-Bye, and that’s ok with me! I won’t even remember in 20 years 🙂 Check out this beauty little P brought home last week. He tells me it’s a soccer field full of soccer players (you know, World Cup fever), but for some reason it makes me thing of something else… And here is a baseball field: Some others saved so far… And next month… minimalism comes to the China Cabinet, Living Room, Kitchen, and more of the office.