In honor of National Home Improvement Month and National Moving Month (yes, these exist), IKEA has released an infographic, based on a national survey, of "the state of storage and organization in U.S. homes." And among the pretty obvious findings (the majority of Americans want more storage space), there are a few very surprising tidbits. Ahead, the most interesting and telling stats of the bunch.
More clutter equals precious time wasted. While almost half of Americans consider themselves disorganized, we, the average Joe or Joan, spend almost an hour a day looking for something.
What happens in the bedroom, stays in the bedroom. Slightly more Americans use their bedroom (27%) as a storage hot spot than their basements (25%), attics (24%), or hallways (14%).
The money pit. There's an estimated $15 billion in unused tech gadgets in junk drawers worldwide, according to IKEA. That's $2,200 per drawer or attic!
Consign us up! The average woman has 27 pairs of shoes; the average man has 12. And, men and women both have on average 88 articles of clothing each. Of these wardrobes, 25% is typically unworn.
The American dream. When looking for new homes, a whopping 93% of Americans want a laundry room, 90% want linen closets in their bathrooms, and 85% want a walk-in pantry.
Basically, you haven't made it until you have your own laundry room and linen closet. To see the full infographic, click here.