21 Surprising Stats About How Much Clutter We Really Have

21 Surprising Stats About Clutter

Woah! This article on Becoming Minimalist was pretty astounding.

Here’s a snippet:

Today, increasing data is being collected about our homes, our shopping habits, and our spending. The research is confirming our observation: we own too much stuff. And it is robbing us of life.

Here are 21 surprising statistics about our clutter that help us understand how big of a problem our accumulation has actually become.

1. There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times).

2. The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years (NPR).

3. And still, 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage—the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades. (New York Times Magazine).

You’ve got to go read the rest of the 21 Stats on Clutter over here.

Thanks to Amy for the link to this article!

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HUGE List of FREE Homeschool Curriculum & Resources


This is the weekly list of Free Homeschool Curriculum and Resources compiled by Jamerrill from FreeHomeschoolDeals.com. If you aren’t a homeschooler, but you’re a parent, teacher, babysitter, or nanny, you’ll probably find at least a few useful freebies in this list. You may also want to go through the Educational Deals and Freebies from earlier this week for more.

We have lots of great resources this week for everyone from preK to high school. If you need a break from teaching check out one of these Top 14 FREE Educational Websites for Kids . Then you can get out in the sunshine with one of our nature resources below that involve gardening and nature studies.


Brown Bear is a favorite book for most preschoolers. Don’t miss these Free Brown Bear Playdough Mats.

Here are FREE Alphabet Coloring Pages, a FREE Letter S Pack, and a FREE Cut and Paste Alphabet Learning Book for hands on alphabet learning!

If your little guy loves TMNT, here is a FREE Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles PreK Pack.

Geography and History

FREE Geography pack

This FREE Continents and Ocean Pack is an excellent resource if you are studying world geography.

If you enjoy notebooking and history, here is a FREE Civil War Notebooking Unit or these Free Florence Nightingale Notebooking Pages.

Unit studies more your thing? Try this FREE Green Mountain Boys Mini Unit Study .

Themed Learning Packs

Themed learning packs are so much fun! Choose one or do them all:

Language Arts Resources

This FREE Spring Chicks Language Arts Pack is so cute and a great learning resource, too!

Use this FREE Hamburger Essay Outline to teach your child to write.

Here or hear? Your child can learn what word to use with this FREE Homophone Spelling Charts.

These FREE Superhero Readers will encourage your child to read.


These FREE Orchestra Cards (3 part cards) and FREE Orchestra Coloring Pages Mini-book work together to teach your child all about the orchestra and musical instruments.


FREE Bug Sorting Odd and Evens pack

This FREE BUG SORTING EVEN & ODD PACK has a fun theme and teaches math concepts, too!

I am ready for summer! These FREE Math Practice with Lemonade Stand Printables are a summer fresh way to practice math word problems.

Nature, Gardening and Science

Spring, nature, gardening, bring it on! Even if school has to continue, you can try one (or a few) of the free nature themed resources below.

Start with a FREE Plan Your Garden 4 Day Mini-Unit that is great for all ages!

Then study those plants and the bugs on them with a FREE Plant Nature Study and these FREE Crawly Creatures Cards.

Choose a new outdoor topic to learn about with this FREE Nature Study pack.

Learn the butterfly life cycle with FREE Butterfly Life Cycle Lessons.

Focus on animal classification with a FREE Animal Classification Lapbook.

Finally, you don’t have to head to the sea to study sea creatures. Use these FREE Sea Animal Nature Study Ideas instead.

Click here thousands of homeschool freebies!

*Don’t forget! If you are looking for additional free homeschool resources please check the huge growing list of free homeschool curriculum and resources on MoneySavingMom.com!

Jamerrill is the homeschooling mother of a large and growing family. After seasons of spending $50 or less annually to homeschool her children, she started Free Homeschool Deals in 2012 to help all families afford the homeschool life. You can follow the homeschool goodness on Pinterest and Facebook.

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