We were doing an assessment for a couple who needed our help to clear out the house of a parent who had recently died. I heard one person say to the other, "We're drowning in stuff and we don't know what to do. We've got to get some help."
If I had a dime for each time I heard someone say, "We are drowning in stuff!" I could finance many trips for two to Honolulu.
How much stuff is too much?
Some experts estimate that the average American home contains:
1) 39 shoes
2) 139 toys
3) 438 books and magazines
It's been estimated that the average american home has over 300,000 items.
So why does this matter and can we honestly say that this is just an american phenomenon?
It matters because at the very least searching for belongings is a giant waste of time. On average Americans spend 55 minutes looking for stuff they can't find.
On the more serious side -
Clutter can hurt our ability to focus and process information and in some cases lead to depression.
As you hear George Carlin say in the video:
IS THAT ALL YOUR HOUSE IS? IT'S A PLACE TO KEEP YOUR STUFF WHILE YOU GO OUT AND GET MORE STUFF!