Four Out of Five Americans Have at Least One Spot in Their Home That’s ALWAYS a Mess

Remember that episode of “Friends” where Chandler finds Monica’s hidden closet FULL of junk?

Well, apparently we ALL have a place like that where we live.

In fact, four out of five Americans have at least one spot in their home that’s ALWAYS a mess, according to a new poll.

And the average is actually THREE spots.

Here are a few more stats on our cleaning habits, or lack of cleaning, I suppose:

  • Our most common messy spots include closets, garages, basements, “man caves,” and anywhere your kids spend time.
  • 88% of us have a “junk drawer.” And a third of us didn’t start one on purpose, it just sort of happened over time.
  • The most common “junk drawer” items are pens, notepads, batteries, tape, tools, scissors, pencils, screws, nails, and rubber bands.
  • Half of us have a “laundry chair” or some other surface where laundry piles up.
  • 38% have a pile of papers sitting around that need to be sorted.
  • 1 in 4 have a “junk bowl” full of random stuff, like extra keys.
  • 62% of Americans currently have a plastic bag filled with other plastic bags somewhere in their home.
  • 1 in 5 people say a specific person in their family causes most of the messes.
  • 23% of women said yes to that one, but only 13% of men think it’s true.


(Study Finds)

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