The Gift of Organization

Do you ever look around your house, or your garage, and think, “We’ve got to do something about all this stuff!”  You’re in good company.

According to the website becomingminimalist.com, in the average American home you will find 300,000 items.

Now consider the house you grew up in, and the home you live in today.  The average size of our homes has almost tripled during the past 50 years.  That’s right—more room for your stuff! 

And even that’s not enough storage for some folks.  According to The New York Times, one in 10 Americans also rents an offsite storage facility.  Last year alone, we spent about $7.7 billion on things to organize our stuff, and another $24 billion to store it.

Here’s another fact for thought. According to the US Department of Energy, 25 percent of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park inside them, and 32 percent only have room for one vehicle.  

Here’s one for you coffee-lovers.  What do you think we have more of in the United States—Starbucks or storage facilities?  We actually have upward of 50,000 storage facilities, more than five times the number of Starbucks.

Have you ever tripped over a toy in your home?  Although only 3.1% of the world’s children live in America, they own 40% of the toys consumed globally.

How many of you have accidentally duplicated a clothing item in your wardrobe?  According to Forbes, the average American woman owns 30 outfits—one for every day of the month. In 1930, that figure was nine outfits.  So we’ve more than tripled our clothing since that time.

Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend more than 3,000 hours, or 153 days--searching for misplaced items.  How many of you would like to get some of that time back?

For many of us, our stuff has become, or will soon become--a burden--either to us, or to someone we love. And that’s just our stuff.  When our parents die or become ill, suddenly there’s a whole other household of stuff to deal with.  With some 8,000 American “baby boomers” turning 65 each day, more and more of us are going to be confronting our stuff.

There is evidence that Americans are beginning to realize that perhaps we don’t need all our stuff.  How do I know this?

If you Google “declutter,” you’ll get – 919,000 hits in less than half a second.  “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has sold four million copies worldwide, and continues to be on the best-sellers list.  There are television shows, websites and blogs galore devoted to helping people get organized and declutter.

We come to the realization that we need to deal with our stuff at different times and for different reasons.  Most of us find clutter stressful, and would prefer to live in an uncluttered environment.  That’s why by the time we decide we can part with some of our things, we usually feel greatly relieved.  But realizing we need to do something, and actually getting it done, can be fraught with challenges and hurdles.

Let’s face it--we all have tasks and chores that we could do, but for whatever reasons, we never get around to doing them.  Perhaps we really don’t like to do them.  Sometimes we aren’t confident in our ability to do them.  Often it’s as simple as we don’t want to spend our free time doing them.

Hiring a professional to help you go through the decluttering and organization process is no different from any other home maintenance service you might pay for and not think twice about, such as lawn maintenance.  Paying someone to help you organize your home can be money well spent in the pure peace of mind that results from finally dealing with your clutter. 

If you’ve made up your mind to finally get organized, but can’t seem to get it done on your own, consider professional help.  And remember that you can give the gift of organization to a friend or loved one.  Contact Tallahassee Home Staging today to request a home organization gift certificate.