While you may not have a hoarding problem like Marie, you may be suffering from stuffocation. According to the Macmillan dictionary, "stuffocation" is a buzzword that describes "a feeling of stress caused by having so many things that you do not know how to use or store them all".
Is stuffocation a problem? Consider these quick statistics.
- The average American owns 300,000 items (LA Times)
- 1 in 10 Americans rents an offsite storage unit & this is the fastest growing commercial real estate market. (New York Times magazine)
- Of Americans who own a two car garage, 25% cannot fit any cars in their garage, and only 32% are able to fit one car. (US Dept of Energy)
- Americans spend an average of 153 days during their lifetime looking for lost items, that's an average of 9 items a day (The Daily Mail).