July 19, 2012
Interesting Organizing-Related Statistics
- Attention deficit disorder, depression, chronic pain and grief can prevent people from getting organized or lead to a buildup of clutter.
- The New York Times/David F. Tolin, Director, Anxiety Disorders Center, Institute of Living, Hartford CT.
- Cleaning professionals say that getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in an average home.
- National Soap and Detergent Association
- It costs an average of $10/square foot to store items in your home.
- Unnecessary expenditures related to disorganization (last minute shopping at premium prices, buying duplicates of misplaced items, rush charges, late fees, finance charges, etc.) can cost as much as 15% to 20% of your annual budget.
- 1 in 11 American households rents a self-storage space, spending over $1,000 a year in rent and contributing to a multi-billion dollar industry.
- 80% of the clutter in most homes is a result of disorganization, not lack of space.
- Realtors regard "first impression" improvements such as decluttering your closets to be one of the smartest ways to spruce up your home before putting it on the market. Homes that look uncluttered sell faster and for more money.
- New York State Association of Realtors
- We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.
- IKEA did a survey of customers in which 31% reported that they were more satisfied after clearing out their closets than they were after sex.
- 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside due to clutter and 32% only have room for one vehicle.
- U.S. Department of Energy
- A weekday edition of the New York Times contains more information than the average person was likely to come across in a lifetime in 17th Century England.
- Richard S. Wurman, Information Anxiety (1989, Doubleday)
- The average American receives 49,060 pieces of mail in their lifetime; 1/3 of it is junk mail.
- National Association of Professional Organizers
- Americans waste 9 million hours per day searching for misplaced items.
- American Demographics Society
- The average U.S. executive wastes six weeks per year searching for missing information in messy desks and files. For an employee earning $60,000, that lost time costs the company a staggering $6,290.
- The Wall Street Journal/Esselte Study
- 80% of papers and information that we file or keep, we never use or look at again.
- Agency Sales Magazine
- Printing emails and their attachments has increased the volume of printing done by 40%.
- Document Magazine, 2005
- The average worker wastes 2.5 hours a week looking for documents missing in poorly organized electronic files.
- Studies have shown that some executives will pick up a single piece of paper from their desk thirty or forty times before acting on it.
- Michael F. Woolery, Seize the Day (1991, Timelink)
- Time spent mishandling paperwork detracts from the company’s ability to service customers, increase sales and improve the bottom line.
- Small Business Administration
- The average American worker is interrupted 4-8 times an hour and loses productivity because they’re repeating steps to retrace where they left off. 60% of interruptions come from electronic devices and e-mails while the other 40% come from traditional sources such as phone calls or chats with colleagues.
- Office workers waste an average of 40% of their workday. Not because they aren’t smart, but because they were never taught organizing skills to cope with the increasing workloads and demands.
- Wall Street Journal
- Sales reps surveyed were most productive when they assigned themselves only three tasks per day. It gave them a great sense of accomplishment when they were able to cross off those tasks.
- 280 hours per year are lost by workers seeking clarification due to poor communication.
- 96% of office workers are frustrated by their companies’ information management.
- Harte-Hanks Survey, 2001
- For every hour of planning, 3 to 4 hours are saved from redundancy, waiting for information, not being prepared and poorly managed tasks.
- Paperwork has been voted the biggest burden for small businesses.
- It costs about $25,000 to fill a four-drawer filing cabinet and over $2,100 per year to maintain it.
- Gartner Group, Coopers & Lybrand, Ernst & Young
- In the top 10 list of management wasters for the past 20 years is managing paper. Locating misfiled electronic data on the computer will soon join this list.
- According to management engineers, misfiled documents cost between $61-122 to be retrieved. The cost is calculated by the value of the person looking for the file, the person interrupted to find the file, the space the file occupies, and the cost to recreate the file if it cannot be retrieved.
- The average desk worker has 36 hours of work on his or her desk and spends 3 hours per week sorting piles trying to find the project to work on next.
- Richard Swenson, The Overload Syndrome, (NavPress, 1998)
- People who multi-task decrease their productivity by 20-40% and are less efficient than those who focus on one project at a time. Time lost switching among tasks increases the complexity of the tasks.
- Study in the Journal Of Experimental Psychology, 2001
- In a study of 138 business people, 73% said their impressions of colleagues were influenced by the way their desks are organized. Nearly 70% believed that workers with messy desks were perceived as less career-driven than their fastidious counterparts.
- The Arizona Republic, 2001
- Executives waste 7.8 hours each week in meetings.
- Accountemps Survey
- More than 90% of adults declare an overwhelming sense of "time-poverty" -- part of an epidemic of anxiety and pressure in our society.
- Psychology Today, Nov/Dec 1993
- Using the correct organizational tools can improve time management by 38%.
- Mobile Technology Products
- 40% of adults say that if they had more time they would spend it with family.
- Day Runner Survey
Stress & Work/Life Balance
- 80% of our medical expenditures are now stress related.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Stress-related illness costs the nation $300 billion a year in medical costs and lost productivity.
- American Institute of Stress
- It often takes 50% or more of the total effort to squeeze out the last 10% or so of quality or whatever it is perfectionists want out of a situation.
- Jeff Olson, The Agile Manager’s Guide to Getting Organized, 1997
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