Why are so many of us turning to the path of minimalism?
We value our clutter like we would our prized possessions. And yet while we have a hard time “letting go” of the things, we also struggle with the effects of being surrounded by the excess.
- A typical home contains $1600 worth of unused clutter.
- 1 out of 4 people that have two car garages have so much stuff, that they can’t park a car. 32% only have room for one vehicle. source: U.S. Department of Energy
- It costs an average of $10/square foot to store items in your home. Taking the square footage of your storage space compared with total space and mortgage payments.
- Almost 50% of American households don’t save any money (Business Insider).
- We consume twice as many material goods today as we did 50 years ago (The Story of Stuff).
- 23% of adults report they pay bills late and get charged late fees because they lose them. source: Harris Interactive
- The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually (Forbes).
- Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches ($100 billion) than on higher education (Psychology Today).
- Currently, the 12 percent of the world’s population that lives in North America and Western Europe account for 60 percent of private consumption spending, while the one-third living in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa accounts for only 3.2 percent (Worldwatch Institute).
- Getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in the average home. source: National Soap and Detergent Association
- Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days searching for misplaced items.The research found we lose up to nine items every day—or 198,743 in a lifetime. Phones, keys, sunglasses, and paperwork top the list (The Daily Mail).
- We spend a whole year of our lives looking for lost or misplaced items. source: National Association of Professional Organizers
- 3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally (UCLA).
- The average American woman owns 30 outfits—one for every day of the month. In 1930, that figure was nine (Forbes).
- The storage facility industry is $154 billion industry because we are running out of space in our homes. That’s bigger than the film industry, FYI.