I think a lot of us look at the clutter in our homes as a superficial issue. We figure our space would probably look better with less clutter, and that's about it.
It might surprise you to know that clutter and disorganization have a negative impact on our lives - on a deep level.
- 90% of Americans admit that unorganized clutter at home or at work has a negative impact on their lives. Disorganization affects their productivity (77%), state of mind (65%), motivation (53%), and happiness (40%). (from the 2011 OfficeMax Workspace Organization Survey by Kelton Research)
- Almost half of Americans think they have more than $1,000 in unused items sitting around their homes. (from a June 2016 OfferUp/ClearVoice Research survey)
- Americans spend $24 billion each year to store their stuff in 2.3 billion square feet of self-storage units. (from the Self Storage Association, 2015)
- 2.4 million UK couples already living together argue over clutter - up to 154 times a year per couple. (from the 2013 Ikea Valentine's Day survey)
- Cluttered kitchens prompt people to eat 44% more snack food than they do in a kitchen that is organized and decluttered. (from Brian Wansink, Cornell University Food & Brand Lab Studies, 2014)
Just these five studies - and there are hundreds, maybe thousands more just like them - show that clutter and disorganization affect our mood, our relationships, our bodies, and our finances.
How does being disorganized affect your life right now? How does the clutter in your home make you feel? How do you think you would feel if you could get just a little more organized?