Thursday, October 13, 2011

Interesting facts about clutter

Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it.  ~Robert Brault

  • We get more mail in one month than our grandparents got in a lifetime.
  • Attention deficit disorder, depression, chronic pain and grief can prevent people from getting organized or lead to a buildup of clutter. 
  • Being disorganized and having lots of clutter costs families an average of 10-15% of their income.
  • About 80% of the clutter in your home is a result of disorganization - not lack of space. 
  • Getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40 percent of housework in the average home.
  • 23% of adults say they pay bills late (and incur fees) because they lose them.
  • the average American burns 55 minutes a day looking for things they know they own but cannot find.
  • one-quarter of people with two-car garages have so much stuff in there that they can’t park a car.
  • we spend one year of our lives looking for lost items.
  • 1 in 11 american households rents a self-storage space and they spend over $1000 a year in rent.
  • Clutter can hinder sale of your home.  Many potential buyers may not see past dirt and clutter. If the house is crowded with the owner's "stuff," they will assume that the house is too small for their possessions.
  • Buried alive!  Every year a number of people are literally buried alive in their homes by clutter. Sometimes, their spouses, search dogs and police cannot locate them for weeks after their disappearance.

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