Top Ten Household Objects You Probably Have Too Many Of

I know I'm no exception when I say that people tend to hoard things. We may not always realize we're doing it, but the idea of throwing something away "that might be useful someday" can be quite uncomfortable to some. I was raised in a household that didn't have tons of money so I'm someone who doesn't waste things when possible. The problem is, it's possible too often. This is the top ten list of things you've most likely got too many of in your home.
The Top Ten
1 Plastic Bags

Thankfully, the days of taking home groceries in disposable plastic bags seem to be numbered as supermarkets and department stores worldwide are beginning to make an effort to be more environmentally friendly. Still, chances are you've probably got a giant ball of these bags stuffed into a cupboard somewhere in your kitchen. Why? I don't know. I have tons and I never use them.

I mean honestly, having any plastic bags is too many in my opinion (I myself have far too much) because there are a ton of reusable items and other materials you can use for bags that are less polluting.

If we buy products from the supermarket, it's not avoidable to use plastics especially in packaging. Every time we buy products, I get many plastic bags that I can use as garbage bags.

2 Food Storage Containers

In most cases, you can't buy just one. But, when you do, you're likely going to be spending more per container than you would if you bought them in a multi-pack. So, next to your cupboard full of plastic bags is probably a cupboard full of these containers. Unless you're planning to hold multiple picnics with the in-laws and the grandparents all in attendance every year, you're probably not going to need most of those.

My housemaid often cooks many meals and sometimes there are leftovers so it's routine here to keep food containers for storing in the fridge.

They are many containers especially for different types.

3 DVDs

We're well past the age where the primary way to watch movies at home is through store-bought discs. No, you have your Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video, HBO Max, Paramount+, Shudder, Peacock, Crave, Funimation, Crunchyroll, Vudu, Hulu, Crackle, and Tubi accounts now and you're not turning back. So, what's up with that shelf full of movies? The next place they're likely going is either the garbage bin or the local Goodwill, not inside your disc player (that's probably just as dust-covered as the discs).

You can never have too many DVDs in your DVD collection, especially if you watch all of them on a device with a DVD player.

I have over 100 dvds and I bought many and never watched them.

DVDs don't get censored over time though.

4 Clothes

Don't lie and tell me you don't have way too many clothes. I'm a guy and I even have this problem. There are dozens of t-shirts that have either never fit me, never looked good, or have weathered beyond the point of being wearable in my closet. I seriously need to get rid of so many shirts and I'm sure you have plenty to rid yourself of as well.

Somehow, I never have enough clothes. It's more that I'm too lazy to do the laundry often than that I'm lacking clothes.

Clothes are our basic needs so it's not avoidable to have a plenty of it.

I have a lot of clothes, but I wear all of them.

5 Childhood Keepsakes

I'm as sentimental as the next person (maybe more so, in fact) so I admit to having boxes and boxes of things from my childhood. I'm talking toys, books, old VHS home movies, and even schoolwork from my elementary/high school days. Sure, some of it is worth keeping. I have a lot of memories tucked away in those boxes, but most of it I'll probably never look at again or even remember if thrown out/donated. I'm sure you (or your parents) have done the same when it comes to holding onto your (hopefully mostly positive) childhood memories. Just know that it might be best if you slimmed the stockpile down a bit. Stick to the main things and purge the rest. Your basement, attic, and/or garage will thank you.

Used to but many of them are gone just like my DVDs. I honestly don't play with toys that much anymore other than (trying) to create a collection.

6 Shoes

Also not an issue for me. I don't even own a proper pair of winter boots. I walk around 12 months a year or so in the same pair of running shoes until they are absolutely destroyed. But, I know I am a major outlier in that respect. I've known my fair share of people who have more shoes than their entire family has feet. And I ask this of those people. Why?

I own 3 pairs of Vans, a pair of knee high Converse, and some rain boots. I don't think that's too much.

7 Condiments / Seasonings

Who doesn't like flavour? When I cook for myself, I want to actually taste my food. Plain Jane chicken breast needs something to make it worth eating if that's what I'm having for dinner. So, that maybe means BBQ sauce, balsamic vinegar, lemon & herbs seasoning, or a marinade of some kind. I wish I had seven fridges and three hundred kitchen cupboards to keep all these tasty additives in, but I have a small kitchen and I need to house my plates and cups too, even if that means they're sharing space with my spices because I have way too many. Haha. Honestly folks, stick to the condiments and spices that you know you like and will use. That paprika wasting space in your spice rack and that garlic aioli you never touch probably aren't the necessities you think they are.

There are many condiments and seasonings in home. It's very useful. So, there are a plenty of condiments that used for several dishes.

8 Books

Okay, maybe having too many books isn't as much a problem as some of the other items on this list. Reading is a much-encouraged activity that few would look down on you for making a regular thing. Still, if you include reading on your list of preferred off-work activities, you likely have amassed a grand selection of these things. And, as I'm sure it is with most people, once you read a book, you're probably not going to read it again (unless it's 'The Lord of the Rings' or something that is very re-visitable), so... you might want to consider donating that copy of 'Chicken Soup for the Teenage Barber's Daughter with a Love of Ducks' Soul' you have for some reason.

Please don't judge me, but I still read lots of books. And by books, I mean physical books.

9 Coat Hangers

Even before you get rid of all those shirts/dresses/sweaters that are taking up 3/4 of your closet, you likely still somehow have too many hangers of varying colours and sizes and materials. That likely includes those crappy Walmart hangers that you can choose to keep when you buy from them. Again, you figure they'll come in handy at the time, right? Well, once you've thrown out all those outdated and ill-fitting garments, you're REALLY going to have too many of these lying around. The way I see it, you have two options. Either give them away with the clothes or take up coat hanger sculpture-making.

Usually you do need a lot of these. When you need to hang your clothes after doing the laundry you may have 2 or more people residing in the same house so a lot of clothes are going to be washed on a regular basis.

I have WAY to many! It's just part of the apartment I live in, but it's a serious problem.

I have plenty considering the amount of clothing I own.

10 Jewelry

This one doesn't apply to me (I've never been one to wear chains or rings and have never been pierced anywhere or intend to) but I know it has to be a reality for many of you. Any person who enjoys accessorizing is likely going to keep finding new bracelets, rings, necklaces, and/or piercings at the mall or online and want to keep buying them, even though any specific person probably only really needs a handful of these kinds of things (again, this is coming from someone who doesn't partake - so forgive me if my opinion is "wrong").

The only reason why I have so many earrings is because I have a lot from when I was in elementary school, but I don't wear most of those anymore as I've replaced them with earrings that suit my current style, rawr XD. I have 5 holes on both ears.

The Contenders
11 Toilet Paper Rolls
12 Notebooks
13 Video Games
14 Pillows
15 VHS Tapes

I have a bunch of VHS tapes from older movies, but I don't even own a VCR anymore.

And yet, there are people who still own them.

16 CDs
17 Telephones
18 Lamps
19 Mugs
20 Ceramics
21 Holiday Decorations

I can't be the only one who's mother and grandmother have way too many Christmas decorations for any sane person. I'm no Grinch but there's a fine line when it comes to holiday decorations

22 Pens
23 Plushies
24 Candles
25 Cords
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