What it costs you to be disorganized

Did you know?

  • Nearly one quarter of all adults say they pay bills late (and thus incur fees) because they lose them.
  • The average American woman spends 55 minutes every day looking for things.
  • It costs an average of $10 per square foot to store items in your home.
  • So-called “crisis” purchases or fees related to disorganization can cost as much as 15-20% of your annual budget including buying duplicates of misplaced or broken items, last minute shopping at higher prices and extra interest and finance charges.
  • Realtors regard “first impression” improvements such as de-cluttering closets to be one of the best ways to speed the sale of a home and fetch a better price.
  • Cleaning professionals say that getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40 percent of the housework in an average home.
  • On average about 80% of a home’s clutter is a result of disorganization not lack of space.
Statistics courtesy of the National Association of Professional Organizers
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4 Responses

  1. Great statistics – as a nation, we’re in worse shape than I realized! Certainly, housework feels 10 times harder in a cluttered space.

    • lismckinley says:

      You’re right. Especially if you pay your housekeeper by the hour. You’re basically paying them to make space and move things in order to clean instead of cleaning itself.

  2. Cindy Jobs says:

    I am a new member of NAPO in the Seattle area. I love these statistics and would love to find more, but can not find them on the NAPO site. Can you direct me to where you found them?

    Thank you!

    • lismckinley says:

      I have collected them from different sources. Unfortunately they are not all centrally located on the NAPO site (as I think they could or should be). I’d recommend you Google “Statistics Professional Organizing” and see what you find. Then as you find them (and assuming they are from a reliable source) copy and paste them into one place so you can easily retrieve them if you need to.
      Good luck!

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