Clutter – Is It To Do With the Size of Your Home?
As we all know clutter is a big problem in our culture. The truth is plain and simple… most of us have way too much stuff. How did this happen? how did we get to this place. Here is a quick video from Lorie Marrero, from www.clutterdiet.com…. check out her interesting statistics about the size of homes in different countries around the world compared to ours here in the US.
The average home in the United States in 1973 was about 1,600 square feet. Now, I came from a house that was 4,500 square feet with a family of four and a dog and an acre and a half, and now, you know, this is much smaller. So I’ve had to sell a lot of things and obviously donate a lot of things. But in the meantime I was in a 700 square foot apartment waiting for this construction, and I wanted to address a comment that I got here on the You Tube Channel that I really took to heart. Somebody kind of picked on me a little bit because I had made a comment about how small my apartment was and saying that it was 700 square feet in a previous video. And you know what, at first I thought, “Oh, no, that is a small place,” but you know what, it’s true. People around the world live in much smaller space than we do and we really need to have perspective on that.
The average home in 1973 was 1,660 square feet. Now the average home in the United States is 2,392 square feet. That’s a bit difference. In the meantime, one out of 11 of us have a storage unit. So we have bigger space and we have more stuff. In fact, we have so much stuff we have to get an annex for all of our belongings beyond the massive amount of square footage we have.
So let’s look at how many square feet are average in all the other countries around the world that we might compare ourselves to:
- Australia, 2,217.
- Denmark, 1,475.
- France, 1,216.
- Spain, 1,044.
- Ireland, 947.
- U.K, 818.
- China 646.
The Chinese average home is smaller than the apartment I had over the summer waiting for my house to be built. That gave me a lot of perspective and gave me pause and I stand corrected, I’m really glad that this person commented and pointed that out, because it’s consistent with what I always say about being grateful for having more than enough.
So consider that, as you clean out your closets or do your other projects, do you really need all this stuff? What could you really donate? Do you need to have a storage unit? We have so much abundance here in the United States and we really need to re-consider what we think enough means.
In the meantime, I’m going to be moving my stuff in here tomorrow. The movers are bringing all this furniture, and I’m so excited to get it all put together. I’m going to be showing you my brand new closet really soon that I’m very excited about. And I’ve got some cool things that I’m putting in for the garage and the kitchen, and my utility closet that I have — I don’t have a utility room anymore– so there’s a lot of fun stuff to come in the weeks ahead.
In the meantime, if you ever need help with a move, I have moved so many times, including this one, with myself and my clients, I wrote a book about it. It’s called “The Improve Your Move Workbook,” and it’s 90-something pages of just checklists and all kinds of really chunky great information for you if you’re moving. So check that out at http://www.clutterdiet.com/movingbook .In the meantime, may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.
The practice of Feng Shui addresses clutter and Chicago Feng Shui expert Will LeStrange is a master a coming up with solutions innovative solutions for living a clutter free life. Check out his work on this page