A new survey from SpareFoot, an online marketplace for self-storage consumers, shows that more than 25 percent of Americans think their home is cluttered. The nationwide survey, conducted in October, revealed that 6 percent of adults believe their house or apartment is “very” cluttered, and 21 percent believe their space is “somewhat” cluttered. Forty-six percent said their living space is not cluttered at all.
The analysis also showed that 12 percent of Americans worry their home is too cluttered when they have guests. Another 23 percent said they agonize over it “occasionally,” while 61 percent said they’re never concerned about it.
The survey, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, included phone interviews with 1,003 adults living in the continental United States. The interviews were done by landline (502) and cell phone (501), in English and Spanish, from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12. Statistical results were weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies, according to the release. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
The survey results align with national statistics that show up to 5 percent of Americans might have a hoarding disorder, according to Matt Paxton, an “extreme cleaner” who helps people with severe clutter problems on the A&E reality TV show “Hoarders.” He said people who have too much clutter usually have an underlying problem, such as depression, or a painful loss or illness.
The SpareFoot blog includes additional survey results as well as advice from organizing experts on how homeowners can minimize their clutter.
Founded in 2008, SpareFoot.com helps consumers find and reserve self-storage units, with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. With a network of more than 7,000 storage facilities ranging from mom-and-pop operations to real estate investment trusts, the company reaches prospective storage renters though partnerships with brands including SelfStorage.com and Penske Truck Rental.
- The SpareFoot Blog: SpareFoot Survey: Over One-Fourth of U.S. Households Have a Clutter Problem