Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
Simplicity generally means paring down. We get rid of junk we don’t use, and find ways to use tools for multiple applications. Most people involved in simplicity and uncluttering will also tell you to get rid of duplicates.
But I think sometimes having duplicates is a good thing.
- Camping supplies. I have duplicates of many things in the camping supplies. Can opener, utensils, plates, etc. This saves me from having to remember to pack them each time we go camping.
- Pens. Some minimalists argue you should have your single writing instrument on you at all times. Well, apparently they never reckoned with the lack of pockets in most women’s clothing. And I’m certainly not going to pull a Queen of England and carry my purse around with me in my house. So I keep pens where they will be used: on my desk, next to my bed, at my reading station and next to the phones.
- Chargers. I charge my various devices in multiple places: at work, by my computer, in my car, and by my bed. I keep charging systems in all those places so that I don’t have to remember to bring them with me.
These are some examples of how duplicates make my life easier. But here’s the kicker:
None of the duplicates are stored together.
Duplicates are there to simplify multiple uses, but I do not keep them together. A pen by the phone is good. 15 pens by the phone is clutter.
If you are trying to unclutter your life, think about this concept. Where are duplicates good for you, and where are they just clutter?
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