American households are drowning in clutter, with three quarters of families unable to park their car in the garage because it is so packed with unnecessary stuff.
Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles sifted through the homes of 32 local middle-class, dual-income families for a new book 'Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century' and found a direct correlation between the amount of clutter jammed into a home and how stressed out mom is.
Other findings were equally troubling, with households barely using costly 'master suites', children rarely going outside, entire walls devoted to displays of Barbie dolls or other toys and garages so packed with household overflow that cars have to be parked on the street. [...]
The activities of family members were doggedly captured in almost 1,600 hours of video and 20,000 photographs were taken to document the insides of their homes, refrigerators, garages and yards.
'This is the very first study to step inside 21st-century family homes to discover the material surroundings and vast number of possessions that organize and give meaning to the everyday lives of middle-class parents and children,' said co-author Elinor Ochs, a UCLA anthropologist.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Time to clean out!
I've been working on cleaning out around here (well, until sidelined by this little bug, but I won't stay lazy for too long). It's a good thing, too, according to this Daily Mail piece: