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We're All Hoarders Now

A nation of pack rats scrambles to store its junk.

| Thu Jul. 5, 2007 12:00 AM PDT

Average home has grown 80%: "This New House," Mother Jones, March/April 2005.

"Storage crisis": "Changing American home life: trends in domestic leisure and storage among middle-class families," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, UCLA Department of Anthropology, December 2006.

Storage statistics (age, total space, households renting): Self Storage Association's 2007 Industry Fact Sheet; Michael T. Scanlon, President, Self Storage Association.

The New York Times reports more storage: "Hooked on Storage," Suzanne Gannon, New York Times, March 8, 2007.

$7 billion on organizational products: Self Storage Association's 2007 Industry Fact Sheet; Closets Magazine spokeswoman Helen Kuhl; the Freedonia Group.

80% would be more satisfied: "A Perfect Mess," Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman, Hachette Book Group.

Neat freaks: Ajilon Office study, 2005, "What Does Your Desk Say About You?"

Office managers' messy desks: Esselte study, 2005, "Work Habits of the New Millennium."

Bucket vs. basket: "Business Types Get a New Kick Out of the 'Bucket," Christopher Rhoads, Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2007.

Container Store's emotional connection: Why the Container-Store Guy Wants to Be Your Therapist, Sara Schaefer Munoz, Wall Street Journal, March 30, 2007; and Container Storespokeswoman Alli Bujnoch

Miles of Piles: Self Storage Association's Industry Fact Sheet from 2007; Michael T. Scanlon, President, Self Storage Association.

Mariah Carey's closets: Megan Conway, Hello! Magazine; "A Closet Obession," Time, October 24, 2005.

Ashlee Simpson's closet: " For Sale: Ashlee Simpson's House," People, July 31, 2006.

Closet organizing vs. weight loss: A 2005 Rubbermaid study; Rubbermaid spokeswoman Lauren Spahr.

IKEA survey stats (cleaning vs. sex, sock drawer organizing, Palm Pilot forgetfulness): IKEA spokeswoman Janice Simonsen.

55 minutes a day looking for things: Greater Philadelphia Chapter of National Association of Professional Organizers' "Organizing Statistics."

To have and to hoard: Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, "Hoarding - A Successful Compulsion," James Claiborn, Ph.D.; Dr. Randy Frost, Smith College; OCD Online: "What is OCD?," Steven Phillipson, Ph.D.

Multi-car garages: National Association of Homebuilders; Greg Alford at the Peachtree Consulting Group; Tom Ehart, MarketResearch.com; New York "After $12,000, There's Even Room to Park the Car," David Kocieniewski, New York Times, February 20, 2006.

75% of L.A. garages preclude parking: "Changing American home life: trends in domestic leisure and storage among middle-class families," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, UCLA Department of Anthropology, December 2006.

GarageTown condominium storage units: GarageTown CFO Brian Reid.

Transition rooms: "Oversize Mudrooms Tame the Clutter at the Door," Leslie Kaufman, New York Times, March 22, 2007.

Costco annex: "Bulking up," Mindy Pollack-Fusi, Boston Globe, January 5, 2006.

Two million American hoarders: National Mental Health Association, "Q&A: Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering."

Bronx magazine man: "Bronx Man Is Rescued From His Own Paper Prison," Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, December 30, 2003.

Pack rats: Harvard Mental Health Letter, "Questions & Answers," December 1, 2004.

Petaluma rats: "1,000 pet rodents euthanized; rat lovers furious," Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, June 28, 2006.

Repeat animal hoarders: "Hoarding of Animals: An Under-Recognized Public Health Problem in a Difficult-to-Study Population," Dr. Gary Patronek, Public Health Reports, Volume 114, January/February 1999.

Messy-room strangler: "Dirty Room Led Girl, 12, to Slay Mom," New York Post, June 1, 2005; "Girl Strangled Mother in Self-Defense, Lawyer Says, " Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2005.

Mess Distress: "Kids Room Survey Uncovers The Dirt," HealthNewsDigest.com; "Capture Kid's Room Survey Uncovers Dirty Little Secrets," PR Newswire, July 27, 2005.

Backpack injuries: : Scott Wolfson, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

College rooms: "The Secret Lives of Liberals and Conservatives: Personality Profiles, Interaction Styles, and the Things They Leave Behind," Harvard University, Department of Psychology.

Digitally stored information: "How Much Information? 2003," UC Berkeley's School of Information and Management and Systems.

CIA burns 10 billion tons a day: George Little, CIA spokesman.

Household shredder requirements: Bob Johnson, Executive Director of the National Association for Information Destruction.

Peanut Storage: "U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act 2007: SEC. 3108. Peanut Storage Costs," The Library of Congress, THOMAS.

Salt Mine: "Cold War's Demise hasn't Cooled Demand for Underground Vault," Hutchinson News, December 16, 1994; Chris Eden, Marketing Manager, Underground Vaults; Liana Lupas, Curator of Scripture, American Bible Association.

Mormon hoarding: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, "All Is Safely Gathered In"; "Basic Food Storage: Where Do I Start?," Brigham Young University Broadcasting.

Refrigerator facts: The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, "A.D. Little Report."

Matching lids: A 2005 Rubbermaid study; Rubbermaid spokeswoman Lauren Spahr.

Sealed for freshness: Sealed for Freshness.

Katrina's Embryos: "Saving Grace: One small Katrina rescue mission brought a world of hope to families waiting for a baby," Times Picayune, Sunday, January 14, 2007; Roman Pyrzak, Director of Laboratories, The Fertility Institute.

The San Diego 'Frozen Zoo': Conservation Research for Endangered Species, "Frozen Zoo"; Sharon Dewar, Zoological Society of San Diego Public Relations.

For $110 a year: Clone USA"

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