The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life

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SEVEN SURPRISING FACTS THAT REVEAL HOW MUCH WE OWN

  1. In the thirty-five richest countries in the world, total material consumption stands at an average of 220.5 pounds per person each day.1

  2. Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods.2

  3. The United States has more than fifty thousand storage facilities—more than the number of Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Subway restaurants combined.3 Currently, there are 7.3 square feet of self-storage space for each person in the nation, so that it is theoretically possible that “every American could stand—all at the same time—under the total canopy of self-storage roofing.”4

  4. Nearly half of American households are spending so much that they don’t save any money.5

  5. Currently, the “12 percent of the world’s population that lives in North America and Western Europe accounts for 60 percent of private consumption spending, while the one-third living in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa accounts for only 3.2 percent.”6

  6. The home organization industry—benefiting from our desperation to try to manage all our stuff—earned retail sales of $16 billion in 2016 and is growing at 4 percent per year.7

  7. Over the course of an average lifetime, because of all the clutter we live in, we will spend 3,680 hours, or 153 days, searching for misplaced items. Phones, keys, sunglasses, and paperwork top the list.

Book Details

Pages

240 Pages

Language

English

Released

2018