In more than 10 years as a professional organizer, I never cease to be amazed about how much we, as Americans, own. According to the Los Angeles Times, “There are 300,000 items in the average American home.” This explains another staggering factoid from
National Public Radio, “The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years.” And even that “extra space” isn’t enough as the New York Times points out, “1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage–the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades.”
Want more? Here are some additional numbers that make you wonder, “what on earth are we doing?”:
And if you want to really be radical, you can try something that will eliminate a very large percentage of the junk your children accumulate. What’s that? Gift-giving at their birthday parties.
That doesn’t mean zero presents at family gatherings. But if you are holding birthday parties for your children and his/her friends, request that guests do NOT bring gifts. Likewise, do not prepare gift bags for attendees. Make the birthday party about ice cream and cake and some sort of activity. You could even conduct a toy drive as one of the activities, collecting used toys from your child’s friends and donating to a cause.
It took a long time for you to get where you are with so much stuff. Getting things back under control will take a while. But living simpler with less things is very addictive. Once you start, you’d be surprised how easy it is to want to do even more.
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