As I was waiting patiently for the elevator today, which seemed like forever, I thought to myself…Hmm I wonder how much time is spent waiting for elevators in one’s lifetime. Which of course led me to wonder how much time is spent being disorganized. So I did a little research and here are some surprising stats:
- The Wall Street Journal reports that the average U.S. executive wastes 6 weeks/year searching for documents lost in clutter.
- About 25% of workers save things in piles rather than files. Source: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch
- Agency Sales Magazine states that 80% of what we keep we never use.
- The US Department of Energy reports that 25% of people with 2 car garages do not use the garages for parking and only 32% parked one car. The irony is that people are leaving their expensive cars in the driveway and on the street, yet their garages are full of stuff. Source: NAPO
- The National Soap and Detergent Association believes getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40 percent of the housework in the average home.
- Harris Interactive reports that 23% of adults say they pay bills late and incur fees because they lose them.
- The Self Storage Association estimates that there are almost 40,000 self-storage facilities in the U.S., and the demand for them doubled from 1994 to 2004.
Are you a statistic?
I truly believe that being organized will save you time, money and give you a sense of peace.