We live in a world dominated by consumerism, so it is not at all surprising that a vast majority of households contain a great deal of clutter. Most people buy many things they do not need, items which tend to collect in the recesses of their basements and garages. The fact that there is a term called “Spring cleaning” says it all! In the spirit of hoarding stuff, we have gathered a few intriguing statistics on clutter. So without further ado, be prepared to be amazed!
Facts about Clutter
- For better or for worse, Americans follow the 80/20 rule – the premise of the Pareto Principle is that 80% of outcomes are the result of 20% of the causes (the vital few). In terms of clutter, it has been found that 80% of the items in our home go unused, meaning most of us could get by with just ⅕ of what we own! The next time you think twice about making a purchase, remember to keep this helpful piece of advice in mind.
- Clutter consumes our concerns – worrying about stuff is an actual problem; many people say it ranks on their personal top 5 list. This is quite sad, as it shows how much our consumerist culture affects our lives. Do yourself a favor and get rid of unwanted items. Remember, experiences matter more than things. You cannot purchase memories, folks!
- Disorganization has a direct effect on stress levels – we all get frustrated when we cannot find something we need, but for some, living a cluttered lifestyle has a major effect on their health and quality of life. No material possession is ever worth this much stress. Start feeling better today by cleaning up your house!
- You do not need more space – too many people believe they do not have enough living space. When you stop to think about it, that extra 1,000 square ft. is probably being wasted. Humans have an incredible ability to adapt to their surroundings. Chances are, you can downsize and still maintain an equal (if not better) standard of living!
Now that you know how much of an effect clutter has on society, do your part by reducing consumption and donating unused items to those to the less fortunate. Why not rent a storage unit and host an auction for fun?