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For some reason. Unknown.
I had in my house – amongst other stuff – 9 torches, 6 hairbrushes, 5 tweezers, 3 corkscrews, 5 rolling pins AND 3 sewing machines!!
Crazy huh? BUT I bet it sounds familiar?
‘Cos we all do it, don’t we?
Cluttering our houses FULL of 10 different versions of the same thing.
AND barely using any of them because we can never find even one in all the clutter!
SO if you are desperate to declutter and reclaim your home, duplicates are an easy place to start.
BUT ISN’T DECLUTTERING REALLY HARD WORK?
Now you may have heard via devotees of the KonMari declutter method, that decluttering is hard.
And that you have to …
- Put aside loads of time
- Pull everything out of the cupboards
- Sort into strict categories
- Purge everything brutally, all in one go
DO NOT believe it!
For most of us with houses full of clutter this method is a recipe for disaster.
And it’s NOT necessary!
Because there is a much simpler alternative …
… that gets to the bottom of why we all clutter our houses full of duplicates in the first place!
Why Do We All Have Clutter?
Most of us have clutter because deep down we are anxious about life in general.
But crazily the clutter itself makes us even more anxious.
And THEN we become anxious about letting go of the clutter, in case we lose something – we’re not quite sure what – terribly valuable.
BUT the truth is – the thing lost in all our clutter is ourselves!
And the BEST way to find ourselves again is to let go of just a few things every day.
Which is exactly what this simple declutter method does.
A Simple Method To Declutter Duplicates
All you have to do is open your eyes again to your clutter as you do stuff round the house and …
- Keep your eyes peeled for:
- obvious duplicates
- PLUS all those other little things you will be happier without (there’s a massive list here)
- Pop anything you find in an easily accessible but cunningly hidden (!) charity or recycling bag
If you have multiples, gather up one small group e.g. hairbrushes, torches, over a week. And at the end of the week, filter as many as you can out
THEN try your very, very hardest to get your bag to the charity shop ONCE A WEEK.
The car boot does NOT count!
I know. I know. You’re busy. This feels like a pain.
But if that stuff is sitting in our car, we haven’t truly let it go.
Why We Need To Let Clutter Go Every Week
AND that means we’ve missed out on the real reward for all our effort.
Because you know what?
When we truly let go of stuff regularly we feel less anxious.
And less overwhelmed. Less angry. Less depressed.
PLUS – can you believe it? – we even sleep better!
And letting go weekly helps us know – deep down – NOTHING terrible happens if we have less stuff.
And WE DO NOT NEED two of something or five or 10 of something to make us happy!
And that will stop all those duplicates sneaking back in.
So are you ready to declutter your duplicates?
Well just grab yourself a charity and a recycling bag.
And put them somewhere where the family won’t go rooting!!!
Then use the big list below to open your eyes to all those duplicates skulking in your house.
And declutter a few every single day …
And if you want more help do sign up for my support mails.
And every week I share the practical tips that have helped me let go of all the stuff I am happier without.
100 Duplicates To Declutter
- Rolling pins – I had 5!
- Cookie cutters – different shapes OK but not identikits!
- Jelly moulds
- Measuring cups
- Mixing bowls
- Hair bobbles
- Toothbrush chargers
- Nail scissors
- Nail brushes
- Bath hats
- Towels – yes of course we need more than 2 but 20 really?
- First aid kits
- Duvets – I had 5 spares!
- Duvet covers – one on and one in the wash is fine
- Sheets – as above
- Pillow slips – ditto
- Blankets – yes a good way to keep heating bills down but not as home to moths!
- Wooden spoons
- Sauce pans – how can I need more than there are rings on the hob?
- Frying pans
- Blender jugs – I love my Nutribullet but I DO NOT need 5 jugs!
- Salt & pepper cellars
- Vegetable peelers
- Can openers
5. General Kitchen Stuff
- Tea towels
- Oven gloves
- Floor mops
- Dust pans & brushes
- Cleaning products
- Bottle openers
- Coffee mugs
- Wine glasses
- Tea pots
- Champagne glasses
- Mug mats
- Coffee pots
7. Crafty Stuff
- Felt tips – I’m all for variety but 100s, really?
- Crayons – as above
- Coloured pencils – ditto
- Loom bands – would love to throw the lot but getting down to one jar is progress!
- Craft beads – lovely but so many?
- USB drives
- Phone chargers
- Extension leads
- Cake tins
- Plastic tubs
- Jam jars
- Water bottles
- Lunch & picnic bags
- Ice boxes
10. Shoes & Bags
- Flip flops
- Kids wellingtons
- Swimming bags
- School bags
- Pencil cases
- Wallets & purses
- Shoe polish brushes
- Lego – you can have too much lego, way too much!
- Packs of cards
- 50 different varieties of Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly etc
- Buckets & spades
- Beach games
- Kids train pieces
- Classic Ts in the same colour
- White shirts
- Black trousers
- Little black dresses
- Clothes brushes
- Swimming costumes
- Dressing gowns
- Coat hangers
- Screw drivers
- Spare screws
- Garden trowels
- Garden brushes
- Tape measures
I do hope this list helps you declutter your duplicates – it really helped me!
Let me know how you get on. There’s loads more tips here …
- 250 little things you will be happier without
- Declutter your whole home in 30 minutes a week
- 4 easy ways to live with less & enjoy life more
- 7 clever tricks to keep clutter out
But any questions at all just shout …