We’re finally at the end of the year. 2020 is almost done. Yay! I know we are all hoping for a better 2021. I mean, it’s gotta be better right?
It’s been a long hard year on so many levels but, there have also been so many silver linings. I know for me it gave me time to pause and think about what I was doing and why both personally and professionally. Personally, I realized how much I love and need my friends and family. Even though I wasn’t able to see them in person as much as I’d like, or at all, I made it a point to stay in touch more than before. Professionally, I stopped working 24/7 and I am getting the same, if not better, results. I am more efficient, more focused and using my time wisely.
I hope that you too realize that there was some good that came from this unprecedented year and that you can move into 2021 with a positive outlook.
Different times require different actions. So, I thought I’d write about something different for this newsletter. Instead of organizing tips, I want to share some statistics about organizing instead. You will probably relate to one or more of them. If you do, perhaps this might be a good time to turn some things around.
-The average office employee spends 1.5 hours a day (6 weeks per year) looking for things (Courtesy of organizedworld.com).
-A 2008 survey of 400 consumers nationwide showed that 27% said they feel disorganized at work, and of those, 91% said they would be more effective and efficient if their workspace was better organized. (Courtesy of NAPO-National Association of Professional Organizers)
-The typical executive wastes 150 hours a year, almost an entire month, searching for lost information. For someone earning $50,000 a year, this loss is equivalent to $3,842 annually. (Courtesy of Forbes ASAP)
-A startling 25% of people with 2-car garages couldn’t put a car in it because they use it to store other things. (Courtesy of The US Department of Energy)
-80% of the items we keep are never used. (Courtesy of NAPO).
-80% of what we file never gets looked at again. (Courtesy of NAPO)
-Getting rid of clutter eliminates 40% of housework in the average home. It also reduces the stress associated with a disorganized living space. In other words, purging is a passageway for feeling more calm and clear-headed. (The National Soap and Detergent Association)
-On average we spend one year of our lives looking for lost items. (Courtesy of NAPO)
– 23% of adults admit to paying bills late because they lose them. (Courtesy of Consumer Agencies and Harris Interactive)
-We wear 20% of the clothes we own 80% of the time. The rest hangs there, just in case. (Courtesy of NAPO)
The New Year is upon us so set your New Years’ resolutions to change those things that aren’t working both personally and professionally.
Organizing is one of those things that can only help. There is no downside so why not do something to get “better” organized.
If you need help with organizing, downsizing (or rightsizing as the case may be) or moving, give us a call. We’ll be working through the holidays!
In closing I’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.