Apartment Therapy On... Being a Pack Rat

051809packrat-01.jpgA Smead Manufacturing email that landed in our inbox yesterday reminded us of National Pack Rat Day (always on May 17th). Smead conducted a national survey which we found quite interesting...

According to the survey, only 20% define themselves as a pack rat but more than 25% of Americans are not throwing away or donating their belongings because of the poor economy. While the percentage doubles when it comes to folks not knowing what to keep and what to toss, we find it fascinating that individuals tend to hoard belongings when times are tough. Our instinct lately has been to sell items that we don't use frequently. Because the extra items take up space (which take energy to maintain and store) the levels of stress will rise if we aren't currently assessing our belongings. If the current economic situation has taught us anything, we'd say it's been to; live with less, and to keep around only what you truly love (which means less cleaning and reduced visual clutter).

How about our Apartment Therapy readers--Have you turned into a pack rat due to the economy or have you taken advantage of it and sold belongings you no longer need, use or love?

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