Organization Fun Facts

Must Know Facts

  • 31 Million or 1/4 of all U.S. households admit to having a clutter problem. (SpareFoot)
  • 80% of what we keep we never use. (National Association of Professional Organizers)
  • Getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40 percent of the housework in an average home. (National Soap and Detergent Association)
  • The average American burns 55 minutes a day – roughly 12 days a year – looking for things they know they own but cannot find. (Newsweek)
  • The average person spends one year of their life looking for something they misplaced. (US News & World Reports)

Home

  • 80% of the clutter in most homes is a result of disorganization, not lack of space.
  • There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times)
  • The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years (NPR)
  • 25% of homeowners cannot fit a car inside their 2-car garage. (US Department of Energy)

Overconsumption

  • Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods—in other words, items they do not need (The Wall Street Journal)
  • The average person wears 20% of the clothes they own 80% of the time. (National Association of Professional Organizers)
  • Americans waste $156 Billion dollars or $2,200 per household in food each year. (Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)