10 Statistics to Inspire Minimalism
Are you still skeptical about minimalism,? I thought I would share a few of the powerful statistics that really made me stop and think more about my level of consumption and the motivation behind it.
1. One out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage—the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades. (New York Times Magazine).
2. British research found that the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily (The Telegraph).
3. And on that note, 3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally (UCLA).
4. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that one-quarter of people with two-car garages have so much stuff in there that they can’t park a car.
5. Harris Interactive reports 23 percent of adults say they pay bills late (and incur fees) because they lose them.
6. Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods—in other words, items they do not need (The Wall Street Journal).
7. Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches ($100 billion) than on higher education (Psychology Today)
8. The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually (Forbes).
9. But at the same time throws away 65 pounds of clothing per year (Huffington Post).
10. The average American woman owns 30 outfits—one for every day of the month. In 1930, that figure was nine (Forbes).
I could unfortunately identify with all of these at some point in my life. Do any of them resonate with you? Of course minimalism is not just about the number of items we have, but some of these numbers really are shocking. We as consumers get too caught up in the latest new fad and forget to consume with longevity and usefulness in mind. I have certainly not arrived, but am striving to be better. I try to choose my possessions wisely to ensure they will be used, will bring me joy, and will not be just another item decluttered in 6 months. We are in the middle of our month long minimalism game, but remember the "game" is only effective when we also are mindful about what we bring into our lives.
(Thank you to BecomingMinimalist.com for the statistics)
UPDATE: Speaking of the Minimalism Game..... How is it going out there? Continue to post your pics and comments. I love hearing about the exciting progress so many of you are making.