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Feeling Overstuffed?

When it comes time to help someone declutter or downsize, I always tell people not to be ashamed because I’ve seen it all. Even so, I was stunned when I read the Becoming Minimalist blog “21 Surprising Statistics About How Much We Actually Own.”

According to the blog, the average American has 300,000 items in their home.  

That means, if you were downsizing and made 1 decision per second, it would take you 16 5-hour days to go through it all.  If you needed 3 seconds to make a decision, you it would take you 50 5-hour days to downsize.

No wonder it seems so much easier just to move stuff to a storage space! As a result, there is now enough space in the United States for every man, woman and child to have their own 7.3 square feet of storage.

The irony is, while we’re buying all this stuff, we’re not using a lot of it. The average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but only plays with 12.  Most houses have more TVs than people.  The average American throws away 65 pounds of clothes per year.

Then there was this fact, which really stopped me: Over a lifetime, a person spends a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days searching for things they’ve misplaced. (And that’s time we can’t get back!)

You can read the whole blog post here.

And if you’re feeling overstuffed after you read it, let me know!