101 Physical Things That Can Be Reduced In Your Home

“One can furnish a home very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.” —Francis Jourdain

Many people will miss the joys of minimalism because they are afraid to begin. Often, they fear if they remove an item from their home, they will regret it in the future if they need it again. While that rarely happens (you need so much less than you think), if this fear is preventing you from getting started, try this alternative method instead.

Begin by simply reducing the excess things in your home. For example, your family needs towels so you will never remove them completely—but you could simplify your life by reducing the number of towels you own. This approach removes all risk.

Once you take that first step, you will start to experience the benefits of owning less. You will enjoy the refreshing feeling of a less-cluttered linen closet or bathroom drawer. Soon, you will notice countless other things that can be reduced in your home. Before you know it, you will have made significant progress in your journey towards a more simplified life.

To better understand the potential of this simple, risk-free step, I compiled a list of 101 Things That Can Easily Be Reduced In Your Home.

This list is not meant to overwhelm or frustrate you, it’s simply meant to give you an idea of how significant a step this can be–just choosing 10 things on this list to start with would result in a noticeable difference in your home.

  1. Glassware
  2. Cookbooks
  3. Kitchen gadgets
  4. Kitchen appliances
  5. Pots / pans
  6. Mixing bowls
  7. Tupperware
  8. Water pitchers
  9. Magazines
  10. Newspapers
  11. Books
  12. Over-the-counter medicine
  13. Make-up
  14. Barretts / hair clips / ponytail holders
  15. Cleaning supplies
  16. Personal beauty appliances (hair dryer/curlers, electric razors)
  17. Bottles of shampoo/conditioner
  18. Photos
  19. Photography supplies
  20. Sewing supplies
  21. Craft supplies
  22. Scrap-booking supplies
  23. CD’s
  24. DVD’s
  25. Decorative items
  26. Candles
  27. Figurines
  28. Crystal
  29. Vases
  30. Audio/visual components
  31. Audio/visual cables
  32. Computer equipment
  33. MP3 players
  34. Furniture
  35. Video game systems
  36. Vdeo games
  37. Video game accessories
  38. Shirts / shorts
  39. Pants
  40. Coats
  41. Dresses
  42. Hats
  43. Clothes hangers
  44. Shoes
  45. Winter gear
  46. Jewelry
  47. Purses
  48. Coins
  49. Pillows
  50. Towels
  51. Linen sets
  52. Candle Holders
  53. Televisions
  54. Items on your bulletin board
  55. Magnets
  56. Artwork
  57. Mirrors
  58. Home office supplies
  59. Pens/pencils
  60. Old batteries
  61. Tools
  62. Hardware
  63. Rolls of duct tape
  64. Coolers
  65. Manuals
  66. Phone books
  67. Coupons
  68. Sporting good supplies
  69. Sports memorabilia
  70. Aluminum cans
  71. Glass bottles
  72. Automobile fluids
  73. Automobiles
  74. Scrap pieces of lumber
  75. Brooms
  76. Rakes
  77. Shovels
  78. Garden tools
  79. Plant containers
  80. Empty cardboard boxes
  81. Board games
  82. Puzzles
  83. Decks of cards
  84. Unused wedding gifts
  85. Baby clothes
  86. Baby supplies
  87. Old schoolbooks/papers
  88. Army men
  89. Bath toys
  90. Toy balls
  91. Toy cars/trucks
  92. Toy musical instruments
  93. Stuffed animals
  94. Plastic toys
  95. Childrens’ old school papers
  96. Suitcases
  97. Soda
  98. Alcohol
  99. Processed foods
  100. Christmas / seasonal decorations
  101. Cable channels

Go ahead. Give it a shot. You’ve got nothing to lose.

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If you are just beginning your own personal journey towards simplicity, I recommend our book: Simplify. 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life. In it, you will find principles of simplicity that are encouraging, uplifting, and completely within your reach.

Joshua Becker

About Joshua Becker

Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

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Comments

  1. Katie says

    Josh I love your philosophy, truly inspiring. I know the power of an organized home on our lives…its proven when I feel the mood change in our home in those weeks when all the laundry is done and house is tidy, only to see the moods change again in a negative way as we fall off cleaning wagon. I have no doubt your principles are effective.

  2. says

    Great list of reducibles – born of experience I can tell. As I read your list my mind jumps from room to room and says yup, yup!

  3. says

    Hello,

    Thank you, this is just the sort of information I was after. I have been slowly reducing my stuff as I am planning on moving to the other side of the world, my wife to follow. As you can imagine this is a daunting task. Everything has to be either moved, stored, thrown out or sold. Less stuff = less decisions.

    I can just see myself eventually with a few bicycles, my photography stuff (which I am aiming to fit within one bag), my clothes, a few books, and the bare essentials such as the bed, desk lamp, and a few keepsakes. I think it’s nice to have some art hanging on the walls, but that too can take over your space.

    Since moving to Spain, we can’t afford all these silly kitchen appliances so that definitely helps. For example we only have three saucepans in the house but only really use one of them. I thought we had very few possessions. But reading your list I’m still amazed at what we have in our house that is on there:

    – a couple of bottles of alcohol sitting there a few years
    – unread books that I’ll likely never ever read but feel ‘guilty’ if I throw them out
    – a few stupid stuffed little animal toys I don’t even like (I am just keeping the cute ones hahaha)
    – old batteries
    – coins which aren’t worth anything at all
    – old pots

    Seems to me a lot faster/cheaper to just throw all this clutter out. A few valuable things I have sold on ebay. Generally you know if something is worth selling or thowing out…

    • Laura says

      Please dont just throw.. Donate if the stuff is still useful or pretty new. Cleaning doesnt mean wasting. All that things needs to be re-use. If they we already bought is necessary for us to think how to give them more life before just throwing it away. And that way, you’ll definetly feel less “guilty” That’s what I always do.
      Regards!

  4. Dianne says

    I love this article. Just love it. And I love the cleansing feeling of removing items that I don’t need but I’m far from being minimalist. I’d love to see photos of a house from some who is truly living the minimalist life.

  5. Ally says

    I’ve been doing the 2014 for 2014 Challenge with Slow your home. I am at just about 900 items, but my momentum is slowing. This was exactly what I needed.

  6. Katie says

    We are a family of 4 that live in a small tOwnhouse. We had a house fire in 2012 that completely wiped us out. Prior to that we were filled to the brim with toys, household items, and childhood memories. While we struggled with rebuilding and replacing I realized how much of that “stuff” that we had which we never really needed. It’s nice to, now that we are back home, live simply and be free from the clutter.

  7. says

    I have been doing this challenge for the last 35 days getting rid of one of the categories a day! Some of them don’t apply because I have already purged, but many of them do! This article has really made me explore what I keep, and most importantly why. I am excited to keep trucking through and see how much more I can rid of!

  8. Kris says

    Other than Photos, Photography Supplies, and Artwork – I am quickly taking this article to heart and revamping my entire home!!
    Thank you!

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