There’s an epidemic sweeping our nation’s households. More pervasive than mold and more time-consuming than binge-watching Scandal episodes, this epidemic is negatively impacting our productivity, budgets, time and health.
It’s the “Epidemic of Clutter.” Consider these statistics that surround the concept of “too much stuff.”
- US consumers buy 40% of the world’s toys, but bear only 3% of the world’s children.
- Most people wear 20% of their clothing 80% of the time.
- The U.S. Department of Energy has reported that 25% of American’s with two-car garages don’t have room to park their cars in them. And 32% have room for only one car.
- According to the National Soap and Detergent Association, eliminating clutter would also eliminate 40% of the time spent cleaning the average American home.
- One in 11 households in the United States rent a storage space to hold their belongings, spending as much as $1,000 per year in rent and contributing to an industry worth $154 billion.
- In a recent study by IKEA, 31% of those surveyed reported more satisfaction from clearing out their closet than they did after sex. Here’s to doing it right.
- Agency Sales Magazine reports that we never use or look at 80% of the papers and information we keep.
- The National Association of Professional Organizers states that the average American receives almost 15,000 pieces of junk mail in their lifetime. How much of that is on your kitchen counter right now?
- Another NAPO study found that 55% of those polled would save up to 60 minutes a day if they were more organized.
- A UCLA study confirms the direct correlation between a woman’s cortisol (stress) levels and the density of household objects.
Given our fast-paced, modern culture, winning the war against clutter takes willpower, proactive goals and active organization. It also takes a clean start. If you need a hand in taking back your home from clutter’s clutches, we are here to help. Stay tuned, we have lots of advice coming!