The Most Shocking Statistics On The Effects Of Clutter

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Could you be better organized? Do you have too much “stuff?” According to these surprising statistics, you are not alone. Here are some of our top finds on the shocking ways clutter is unnecessarily draining us of our time, space, money, and health…and what we can do about it.


Time Wasted

  • The average American wastes 55 minutes a day looking for things they know they own but cannot find. That’s about 12 days a year! –Newsweek

Compromised Health

  • A recent study confirms the direct correlation between a woman’s cortisol (stress) levels and the density of household objects. -UCLA

The Physical Burden

  • It is estimated that getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in the average home. –National Soap & Detergent Association
  • We wear 20% of the clothes we own 80% of the time. The rest just takes up valuable space. –NAPO
  • 25% of homeowners polled with two-car garages fill them with so much stuff they can’t even park one car inside. 32% can fit one, but not two. –U.S. Department of Energy
  • 80% of the things we keep we never use.  –NAPO

Papers, Papers, And More Papers!

  • Surprisingly, the use of office paper has tripled since the birth of the computer. –Organized World
  • 23% of adults pay bills late and incur late fees because they can’t find their bills. Harris Interactive
  • The average American receives 49,060 pieces of mail in their lifetime; 1/3 of it is junk mail. –NAPO
  • The average executive wastes a total of six weeks each year searching for important documents lost in among the clutter. –Wall Street Journal
  • Every day Americans buy 62 million newspapers and throw out 44 million. That’s the equivalent of dumping 500,000 trees into a landfill every

Who Cares?

Your Pro Organizer is dedicated to changing the current clutter mentality. The first step in breaking free from these statistics is the desire to live a happier healthier life by creating a mindful relationship with your surroundings. Looking for a more organized and streamlined home or office? We are here to help you “discover a life uncluttered.”

5 Steps To A Totally Transformed Closet

Headshot and title for Lisa Kaplan, a Professional Organizer in South Florida and the Founder of Your Pro Organizer.

Welcome back! Last December we posted on a topic that most of our clients struggle with. Streamlining their wardrobe so that every piece they own is one they love and use. If you haven’t yet read it, drop everything and sneak a peak at “The Wardrobe Cleanse That Works!” You can only achieve the TRUE results after both steps are complete, so don’t miss out!

Now that you have trimmed the fat and you are living with your most favorite pieces it’s time to get the “magazine worthy” closet you always dreamed of. Here are our expert tips to creating picture perfection in your formerly cluttered closet.

1. Arrange By Type And Color

Skirts go with skirts, shirts with shirts, etc. Once this is done, color coding within these sections (white, black, then following the ROYGBIV rainbow guide) will not only look incredible, it will help you find pieces more easily.

2. Coordinate Your Hangers

This might seem like an unnecessary extra step. After all, we are talking about getting your clothing in order. As long as it’s hanging it should be fine right? Keeping clothing on the same style hanger not only frees up space, but it gives your closet a uniform look. It also places each piece on a “level playing field” which will help you spot the items that are no longer relevant to you in the future.

3. Label It!

Depending on how thoroughly you previously sorted, you may have just the right amount of clothing to fit comfortably in your space, or you may not. If it’s still a tight squeeze, you might consider investing in some clothing rod dividers. These dividers allow you to create visibly defined sections based on the types of clothing you have. This is also a great option if you have someone else using the space like a housekeeper or a partner who is helping with the laundry.

4. Containerize Folded Clothing

As a professional organizer, folded clothing kept outside a drawer is a personal nightmare. Sure, if you spend the time folding everything uniformly and stacking it by type and color it can give your closet that “department store” feeling…at least until the next time you need a piece of clothing. As soon as you need to get to something, these stacks become a jumbled mess of toppled-over piles of clothing shoved on a shelf. A chest of drawers is ideal for folded clothing. If yours is full or you don’t have one at all, consider adding baskets to an open shelf. It is a great way to contain folded items, giving you a uniform look and separation between types of clothing. Technique: Clothing should be folded as compact as the piece will permit. This allows it to stand upward in your drawer (or basket) so that you can arrange in rows rather than stacked one on top of another.

5. Solve It With Shelving

Utilize shelving for lesser used accessories or bulky seasonal items. I generally do not like to separate clothing by season, but some of the more cumbersome items like ski jackets and snow boots are appropriate pieces to containerize and place “up.” Accessories like purses and hats are also great items to shelve. To keep your shelves looking their best, label just underneath each item and make sure there is space between sections so getting to whatever you need is simple and effortless.

**If you are interested in saving time and streamlining the process by working with an organization specialist, call 954-406-6002 or email for your complimentary consultation.**

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