21 Hard-Hitting Statistics Prove We Have WAY Too Much Crap. #8 Blew Me Away.
Have you ever looked around your living space and wondered how you happened upon so much stuff? If that sounds like you, then perhaps you could benefit from learning a few things that might incentivize you to pare your life down to the basics - even though doing so isn't exactly the American way.
In truth, part of measuring success in the United States is doing so by tallying how much we own: Clothing, cars, household items, and more. Compared to other parts of the world, the amount of things that belong to each person is absolutely staggering, especially considering that we don't actually need most of it.
Below are 21 shocking facts about how much we own in comparison with the rest of the world, and how much time we commit to the process of acquiring things. After reading this list, you might want to take an inventory of your belongings and decide where you stand.
#1. The average American woman owns 30 outfits. In 1930, the average American woman only owned nine.
#2. The average 10-year-old owns 238 toys. However, that same child only plays with 12 toys every day.
#3. In total, many women will spend more than eight years of their lives shopping.
#4. There are more than 300,000 items in the average American home.
#5. The average size of the American home has tripled in the last 50 years.
#6. There are over 50,000 storage facilities in the United States. That means there is 7.3 square feet of self-storage for every man, woman, and child in the country. Therefore, it could be physically possible for every American to stand at the same time under the total canopy of self storage roofing!
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