Organizational Oxymorons

Organizational oxymorons

Mother Jones has a pretty interesting list of facts concerning Americans and organization.  There are many little gems, like

Men who own Palm Pilots are 4 times more likely to forget their wives’ birthdays than men who don’t.

Where do they come up with this stuff?  Regardless, if you read the entire list, you’ll start to notice some patterns with the information. Many of the facts contradict themselves with regards to the way Americans perceive happiness and organization.  Here’s a few dandies to think about this Sunday.

  • Since the 1970s, the average U.S. home has grown by 80%. Yet Americans face a “storage crisis,” according to ucla researchers.
  •  Last year, Americans spent $7 billion on organizational products for their homes, closets, and garages.
  • 80% of Americans believe they would be more satisfied if they were neater.
  • 48% of office managers admit to a messy desk but claim to know where everything is. 12% have a neat desk but no idea where to find anything.
  • 4 in 5 new homes have multicar garages. Most two-car garages have one or no car in them.
  • 75% of L.A. garages are used in ways that preclude any parking.
  • More than 70% of Americans are routinely unable to find matching lids for their 15-plus food-storage containers.

Check out the rest of the list for more interesting tidbits about the crazy way Americans deal with… stuff.

Hat tip: Unclutterer

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  • Aaron M. Potts July 8, 2007, 5:35 pm


    I remember when I took part in Darren Rowse’s group writing project about “Top 5’s”, my entry was about how Top 5 lists should go away!

    I think we have become too dependent on gadgets, gizmos, and tips to power our lives, and your post gives more evidence of that.

    Now, I need to end this comment. A reminder from Outlook just popped up telling me that I’m already late for something…! ;)