The Most Shocking Statistics On The Effects Of Clutter

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Could you be better organized? Do you have too much “stuff?” According to these surprising statistics, you are not alone. Here are some of our top finds on the shocking ways clutter is unnecessarily draining us of our time, space, money, and health…and what we can do about it.


Time Wasted

  • The average American wastes 55 minutes a day looking for things they know they own but cannot find. That’s about 12 days a year! –Newsweek

Compromised Health

  • A recent study confirms the direct correlation between a woman’s cortisol (stress) levels and the density of household objects. -UCLA

The Physical Burden

  • It is estimated that getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in the average home. –National Soap & Detergent Association
  • We wear 20% of the clothes we own 80% of the time. The rest just takes up valuable space. –NAPO
  • 25% of homeowners polled with two-car garages fill them with so much stuff they can’t even park one car inside. 32% can fit one, but not two. –U.S. Department of Energy
  • 80% of the things we keep we never use.  –NAPO

Papers, Papers, And More Papers!

  • Surprisingly, the use of office paper has tripled since the birth of the computer. –Organized World
  • 23% of adults pay bills late and incur late fees because they can’t find their bills. Harris Interactive
  • The average American receives 49,060 pieces of mail in their lifetime; 1/3 of it is junk mail. –NAPO
  • The average executive wastes a total of six weeks each year searching for important documents lost in among the clutter. –Wall Street Journal
  • Every day Americans buy 62 million newspapers and throw out 44 million. That’s the equivalent of dumping 500,000 trees into a landfill every

Who Cares?

Your Pro Organizer is dedicated to changing the current clutter mentality. The first step in breaking free from these statistics is the desire to live a happier healthier life by creating a mindful relationship with your surroundings. Looking for a more organized and streamlined home or office? We are here to help you “discover a life uncluttered.”