Cluttered home major source of stress for Singaporeans!

By The Folks @PropTalk - November 27, 2014 No Comments

A cluttered home is a major source of stress for homeowners in Singapore, a survey has found.

The survey, conducted by self-storage company Extra Space, found that 88% of people in Singapore are bothered by clutter at home, with 45% of them feeling stressed about it. A total of 68% admitted to spending up to a day regularly looking for misplaced items.

More than half of the respondents (56%) described their living space as cramped, even though 69% said they store items at home that are of limited or no use, such as broken or outdated electrical items, and clothing that is out of fashion or too small. A staggering 74% admitted to having a “junk room” to store items that have not been used in months or even years.

Old photos, gifts, memorabilia and keepsakes are the most popular items stored at home (63%), while 79% of those aged over 40 admitted to holding onto old school assignments. Men aged 55 to 65 find it hardest to let go of their belongings including sporting equipment, photos and broken or old electronics such as TVs, computers and speaker systems.

Two-thirds (64%) admitted they have never attempted to declutter their homes, citing reasons such as having an emotional connection with their items or not knowing where to store them after. This, despite 85% of respondents saying that their clutter affects family members.

The survey, commissioned in October, polled more than 1,000 people in Singapore aged between 25 and 65 years old.
Source: CNA

The wife and I are pretty anal about keeping our home clutter-free. And we typically throw or give away tons of stuff with every house move. But the items that we find hardest to let go are mobile phones and laptops - we have little/no use for the old ones once we upgrade to newer models but somehow we are uncomfortable to give, sell or dispose of our old phones/laptops. So we end up having quite a few of these lying around the house.

So do you live in a cluttered home and 
what do you find the hardest to let go of?


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