Is this a Greek Tragedy that often plays out in your home?

Act 1

[An elegant and stately protagonist is adulting in their home, when suddenly they realize an unfortunate truth.]

Protagonist: Oh no! We’re out of [insert household item here.] Guess I better get another one.

Act 2

[Our fabulous looking protagonist, being a full on adult, purchases the needed item]

Protagonist: I’m tired of all that adulting but I’m glad I bought that needed item.

Act 3

[While still looking amazing, our protagonist opens a drawer to retrieve something and recoils in horror.]

Protagonist: THERE’S ANOTHER [insert household item] ALREADY IN HERE. I DIDN’T NEED TO GO OUT AND BUY A NEW ONE. WHY GOD WHY!

*dies*

The End

This was a weekly occurrence in my home for, well, always.

Sure it’s not an adulting crisis, but as I love to talk about in here, part of adulting is cutting out anything that takes up brain space you could be using for something else.

For our Duplicate Item Greek Tragedy, there’s a three fold goal:

  1. Cutting down on unnecessary shopping
  2. Eliminating an awwww @#$% moment (we have enough of those already)
  3. Finding a solution that requires little to no effort

If that sounds like a goal you’d like to achieve, then keep reading.

DIY Adulting: Simple Solution For Dealing With Duplicates


1) Put a marker in your junk drawer
(it’s ok, we all have a junk drawer)

A permanent marker is ideal. You’ll see why in a minute. Once you have that, just go ahead and toss it in there.

2) When you buy a duplicate item, put a mark on the IN USE item

I bought two almond milks. I put one in a cabinet way up high where I can forget about it. I put a little “1” on the second one and stuck it in the fridge.

Now, when it runs out, I’ll remember that I have an extra.

You can use this on just about anything.

Cleaning supplies

Even liquor

If you buy multiple duplicates, put a 2 or a 3 (how many duplicates did you buy?!) on the in use item. That way when you finish it and take out the new one, you’ll know you have X many left and can mark that number on the new in use item.

3) Pat your self on the back for being an adult
(THE most important step)

Never forget to take a minute to recognize your adulting achievements.

Now get out there and fight those duplicates, you adult you.