- 9 torches
- 6 hairbrushes
- 5 pairs of tweezers
- 3 corkscrews
- 5 rolling pins
- AND 3 sewing machines!!
Crazy huh? BUT I bet it sounds familiar?
Because 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 we are desperate to declutter and reclaim our home, duplicates are an easy place to start.
And I’ve got for you below a big list of duplicates you can easily let go. If you are short on time whiz straight down to section 4 for my declutter checklist.
But if you’ve got a moment over your coffee then let’s talk quickly about why we all have clutter in the first place and a big myth doing the rounds about decluttering.
And that’s the idea that decluttering has to be hard work else it won’t work.
1. ISN’T DECLUTTERING MEANT TO BE HARD WORK?
You have probably heard from Marie Kondo and her fans that decluttering IS hard.
And that you have to …
- Put aside loads of time
- Follow a strict plan
- Pull everything out of the cupboards
- Sort into strict categories
- Purge everything brutally, all in one go, keeping only the few things that spark joy
DO NOT believe it!
The method does work for some people and has genuinely made their lives happier.
But for many of us with houses full of clutter this method is a recipe for disaster.
And it’s NOT necessary!
Because there are much simpler alternatives that get to the bottom of why we all clutter our houses full of duplicates in the first place!
2. Why Do We 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.
The truth is – the thing lost in all our clutter is ourselves. It literally overwhelms us.
And the problem for lots of us with Marie Kondo is, she overwhelms us more. We need declutter methods that actually ease our anxiety not make it worse.
I have discovered two different declutter methods I love, that do just that:
3. Two Incredibly Easy Declutter Methods
Just 10 Things
The Just 10 Things method is wonderful when you’re tired and drowning and depressed.
You can read about it here, but basically you:
- Let go of 10 things every day
- Until decluttering becomes an easy habit
- Use the power of a small daily habit to declutter 3,000 things in a year
It IS as easy as that. And the ritual of letting a few things go every day truly eases anxiety.
You can use the declutter checklist below to purge 10 of your duplicates every day.
I used this method to clear lots of my clutter but I also use the Power Purge approach.
The Power Purge
Very simple you:
- Set a timer for 15 minutes
- Focus on one area
- And without yanking stuff out everywhere, grab the stuff you’re ready to let go
Again, you can use my declutter checklist below to focus your power purge.
It’s a fast and furious method but it channels our anger positively so we see results instantly.
And we see those results without making a huge mess, which is super important because it sets up a positive feedback loop to our brain, telling us decluttering is easy.
And because we believe it’s easy, we do it again, and again and again and power through our clutter. Cool, huh?
4. Declutter Checklist
So here we go, a massive checklist of duplicates we can easily purge.
It’s divided into simple categories – where I found lots of crazy duplicates lurking – so it won’t overwhelm.
Before you know you it, you’ll have loads more lovely space to enjoy. Let me know how it goes.
- 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
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
- 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
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.
I have lots more FREE easy decluttering resources for you including daily declutter prompts and step by step guides to clearing clutter hot spots:
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