I’m pretty sure that the easiest way to start simplifying, is to get rid of duplicates. Let me try to explain…
As I look around my house, I see multiples and extras all around. What about you? Can you relate to any of the following:
- You bring home a new shirt and hang it up in your already stuffed closet.
- You get a new bottle of nail polish, but don’t get rid of the outdated colors or the polish that’s so old it has separated.
- You take (multiple) new pictures, but never delete duplicates.
- You keep two sets of sheets and two bedspreads for each bed so you can change them with the season.
- You watch movies and listen to music online, but still keep the physical version on the shelf.
- Your kids get a new toy, but don’t get rid of the toys they’ve outgrown.
The examples are endless…
I know what you’re thinking. I know because I naturally think this way too! Why should we get rid of clothes, toys, accessories, etc. that are perfectly good? That we spend our hard-earned money on? Sometimes it can seem wasteful to get rid of “perfectly good” items.
But if that old shirt, old bottle of nail polish, duplicate picture, or outgrown toys is “perfectly good,” then we need to ask ourselves if we really need a new, updated version.
- If we don’t need the new one, then we’re eliminating duplicates before it starts.
- If we do need the new one, then we can just give the other one(s) to someone else.
It may seem silly at first. I mean, how much space does a few extra shirts or a few extra bottles of nail polish take up? Not much really. BUT. When you multiply that space by all the extra stuff in our home, it can really add up!
Something as simple as gaining the space of one shelf in your bathroom can make a big impact in how satisfied we are with the size of that room. Empty space goes a long way when trying to live a simple life.
The more stuff we have, the more time we have to spend cleaning and organizing. The less we have, the less time we have to spend maintaining it. In my world, spending less time cleaning and organizing is totally worth the time it takes to eliminate duplicates!!