HOW WOULD WE COMPARE IN AUSTRALIA?
A recent survey in Singapore conducted by Extra Space Self-Storage concluded among other things that 88% of Singaporeans are bothered by clutter at home, 45% of them are stressed about it and that men aged 55 to 65 find it hardest letting go of their belongings.
How would we compare in Australia? I suspect we would not be much different. With Christmas just around the corner we are all likely to acquire more items which increase the clutter in and around our homes. Maybe the quiet time after the New Year is an opportunity to take stock, reduce clutter and start the New Year with more space, less clutter and a less stressful living environment. Storageland will be happy to help, we have economically priced storage spaces, can provide you with storage boxes and packing materials and will lend you a trailer for the move.
SINGAPORE: 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 per cent of people in Singapore are bothered by clutter at home, with 45 per cent of them feeling stressed about it. A total of 68 per cent admitted to spending up to a day regularly looking for misplaced items.
More than half of the respondents (56 per cent) described their living space as cramped, even though 69 per cent said they store items at home that are of limited or no use, such as broken or outdated electrical items, and clothing that is out of fashion or too small.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 per cent 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 per cent), while 79 per cent 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 per cent) 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 per cent 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.
“The accumulation of belongings for the average family comes at a higher cost than most people think and our ambition is to encourage every family in Singapore to live in a more positive, less cluttered environment,” said Mr Kenneth Worsdale, CEO of Extra Space Self Storage Asia.