NAPO, The National Association of Organizing Professionals has published some interesting organizing-related statistics on one of its website pages; http://www.organizerny.com/column.php?c=20120719
Can you relate to any of these statistics?
• Cleaning professionals say that getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in an average home.
– National Soap and Detergent Association
• It costs an average of $10/square foot to store items in your home.
• Unnecessary expenditures related to disorganization (last minute shopping at premium prices, buying duplicates of misplaced items, rush charges, late fees, finance charges, etc.) can cost as much as 15% to 20% of your annual budget.
• 1 in 11 American households rents a self-storage space, spending over $1,000 a year in rent and contributing to a multi-billion dollar industry.
• 80% of the clutter in most homes is a result of disorganization, not lack of space.
• Realtors regard “first impression” improvements such as decluttering your closets to be one of the smartest ways to spruce up your home before putting it on the market. Homes that look uncluttered sell faster and for more money.
– New York State Association of Realtors
• We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.
• IKEA did a survey of customers in which 31% reported that they were more satisfied after clearing out their closets than they were after sex.
• 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside due to clutter and 32% only have room for one vehicle.
– U.S. Department of Energy