For those busy parents out there that never have enough time, the statistics below will help you become passionate about organizing your life.
Once you’ve organized yourself and your home, you’ll not only have more time, but you’ll also have more money.
The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) reports that on average we spend one year of our lives looking for lost items. That’s over 8,700 hours looking for lost or misplaced things!
Consumer agencies and Harris Interactive report that 23% of adults admit to paying bills late because they lose them.
Want to give your family budget an instant raise? Pay at least the minimum amount on time and save yourself $25.00 to $40.00 per month multiplied by the number of credit cards you have. If you have six cards that charge $35.00 per month in late fees and you fail to pay them on time, that’s $210.00 per month or $2,520.00 per year!
According to The National Soap and Detergent Association, getting rid of clutter eliminates 40% of housework in the average home. It also reduces the stress associated with a disorganized living space. In other words, purging is a passageway for feeling more calm and clear-headed.
Your mobile phone can improve your time management and remind you to pay bills. It can even use it to pay them. Mobile Technology Product says that using your phone together with other organizational tools can improve your time management by 38%.
Biggest Challenges to Improving Organization
In a nationwide poll (The Homeworld Forecast Consumer Survey) conducted by NPD group, consumers noted the following reasons for being unable to improve overall organization in their home.
Lack of space – 32.9%
Finding the time – 27.3%
Too much stuff – 25.2%
Not sure what product to use – 6.7%
Products at local retailer don’t meet my need – 2.7%
Other – 5.1%
Storing Stuff in Garages
The US Department of Energy found that a startling 25% of people with 2-car garages couldn’t put a car in it because they use it to store other things.
Did You Know?
According to NAPO, 80% of the items we keep are never used.
Imagine how streamlined our lives would be if we only kept things we used!
Paying to store unused objects contributes monthly to a $154 billion dollar industry. Just think about it… this money could be contributing to charity, our kids’ college funds, a fun vacation, or retirement.
Hopefully, it’s comforting to know that you’re not alone in needing to get organized. Far from it.
We hope these statistics inspire you to turn your home into an organized, peaceful environment. It won’t happen overnight, but as you’ve seen, the benefits can save you time and money in the long run.
Which one of the statistics above surprised you the most? Think about why that is and begin to unlock your own clutter habits once and for all. Start with your most cluttered room and begin your journey towards a more attractive, stress-free home.