When I started collecting miniatures over 20 years ago, I was only 12 years old and did not have much disposable income. At the time I didn't have many friends into the hobby either (GW was still very new to the US at that time), so rather than play lots of games, I had the time to paint my miniatures.
But all too quickly, as I started working and therefore got some disposable income, my miniatures collection grew, and I fell into every wargamer's trap: the lure of buying a newly released miniatures frequently superseded my capacity to keep up with painting the miniatures I already had.
With time that has just gotten worse. Much worse. There is no end in sight. I think I am doomed to die a gruesome death, pinned beneath a mountain of unpainted minis stored in my basement.
As an attempt to motivate me to work through the sludge, and as a hedge against me succumbing to the temptation to buy more miniatures, I created a list. (I've noticed fellow bloggers doing something similar to motivate them to paint as well) This list consists of a large proportion of the miniatures that I have in my possession that as yet remain unpainted (or need to be repainted because I dislike my previous paintjob). It consists mainly of Battlefleet Gothic miniatures, 40k miniatures, and Lord of the Rings miniatures. I have a bunch of Fantasy and Epic 40k miniatures that I couldn't be bothered to add to the list just yet. Perhaps that will change down the line.
In the meantime, I've put up a counter on the right margin of my blog that is a reminder to me of just how many miniatures are currently in the painting queue. If I am diligent enough, hopefully the number will decrease with time.