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Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own
Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden
of our clutter. We tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. Our toy
rooms are messy, our drawers don’t close, and our closets are filled
from top to bottom. The evidence of clutter is all around us.
Today, increasing data is being collected about our homes, our
shopping habits, and our spending. The research is confirming our
observation: we own too much stuff. And it is robbing us of life.
Here are 21 surprising statistics about our clutter that help us
understand how big of a problem our accumulation has actually become.
1. There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times).
2. The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years (NPR).
3. And still, 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage—the
fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the
past four decades. (New York Times Magazine).
4. While 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for one vehicle. (U.S. Department of Energy).
5. The United States has upward of 50,000 storage facilities, more
than five times the number of Starbucks. Currently, there is 7.3 square
feet of self storage space for every man, woman and child in the nation.
Thus, it is physically possible that every American could stand—all at
the same time—under the total canopy of self storage roofing (SSA).
6. British research found that the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily (The Telegraph).
7. 3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally (UCLA).
8. The average American woman owns 30 outfits—one for every day of the month. In 1930, that figure was nine (Forbes).
9. The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually (Forbes).
10. While the average American throws away 65 pounds of clothing per year (Huffington Post).
11. Nearly half of American households don’t save any money (Business Insider).
12. But our homes have more television sets than people. And
those television sets are turned on for more than a third of the
day—eight hours, 14 minutes (USA Today).
13. Some reports indicate we consume twice as many material goods today as we did 50 years ago (The Story of Stuff).
14. Currently, the 12 percent of the world’s population that lives in
North America and Western Europe account for 60 percent of private
consumption spending, while the one-third living in South Asia and
sub-Saharan Africa accounts for only 3.2 percent (Worldwatch Institute).
15. Americans donate 1.9% of their income to charitable causes (NCCS/IRS). While 6 billion people worldwide live on less than $13,000/year (National Geographic).
16. Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches ($100 billion) than on higher education (Psychology Today).
17. Shopping malls outnumber high schools. And 93% of teenage girls rank shopping as their favorite past time (Affluenza).
18. Women will spend more than eight years of their lives shopping (The Daily Mail).
19. Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680
hours or 153 days searching for misplaced items.The research found we
lose up to nine items every day—or 198,743 in a lifetime. Phones, keys,
sunglasses, and paperwork top the list (The Daily Mail).
20. Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on goods and services on nonessential goods—in other words, items they do not need (The Wall Street Journal).
21. The $8 billion home organization industry has more than doubled
in size since the early 2000’s—growing at a staggering rate of 10% each
The numbers paint a jarring picture of excessive consumption and
unnecessary accumulation. Fortunately, the solution is not difficult.
The invitation to own less is an invitation to freedom, intentionality,
and passion. And it can be discovered at your nearest drop-off center.
It keeps moving, it's the flow. It won't wait for my second
guesses. It won't stop for a minute to wonder. It is committed to moving, creating...
My comforts have many versions, and the flow will only see one
My auto-pilot is blind, my senses shutdown and communication
is only symbolic. The flow is flowing through what I thought I was, my cracks filled
with what I can't describe... It gently guides me to embrace my unlabeled self.
No bargains nor infinite debts, no deals of silencing secrets
kept prisoners in a present past. The flow won't betray. It is interested in the
essence I overlook while I'm distracted trying to follow the processes of how I
came to be...
Why would I continue to foster the pain of not knowing how
to stop hurting? Where is the shutoff switch? Out here, it only makes sense
once is over. Out here there are provisions and conditions. I too can't forget
the rules even when I give my best. Do we not deserve because we owe, or do we
owe because we're not deserving? So the gambling goes on...
The flow answers saying everything is Love or is asking for it.
I'm back where I started; -Untamed, Unrestricted. Loved...