It's easy to accumulate too much and often we don't ask "How much is enough?" often enough. Evaluate your stuff today to find out where you're wasting space with needless duplication.
Photo by Collin Anderson.
Over at the anti-clutter and simplicity blog Unclutterer they resolved to decrease the volume of things they owned by figuring out which things closely replicated or outright duplicated other things they owned. Their method relies on a cycle of sorting and evaluating objects to continue to group things together by function and determine whether or not the item can be purged. After initially sorting objects into groups by product, you perform the initial evaluation:
Evaluate product types and decide what we need and what inspires us. Is it necessary that I have three hammers? Is one hammer enough to meet my family's needs? Is more than one hammer a distraction (clutter)? Is having one pair of scissors in the sewing supplies, another pair in my office desk, and another pair in the kitchen the best solution for our family? Do I have more yarn than I could possibly knit in a year or in a lifetime?
When I cleaned out the workshop in my basement — devoted almost entirely to electronics, computers and other small tinkering projects — I discovered I had 22 USBA-to-USBB cables. More than enough cables for every printer and scanner I had ever owned that used such cables by several orders. The same thing with USB extension cords, short Ethernet patch cables and computer power cables. I ended up donating 95 per cent of the cables to a local school district's IT department — a place where people actually have a use for lots of spare cables.
Check out the full article for their step-by-step evaluating and purging process. If you have your own experiences discovering your clutter was a large amount of duplicate things, let's hear about it in the comments.
How Much Is Enough? [Unclutterer]