PHEW! MN Ranks Low on List of Worst Hoarding States
Spring's here, and -- for many of us -- that calls for a spring cleaning!
There's something about the changing of seasons from winter to spring that leads many of us to do a deep cleaning. We throw open the windows, air out the house, clear out the clutter and toss or sell whatever has been sitting around for the past year broken, unused or no longer needed. If there's little to get rid of, we might throw it in the garbage bin or take it to a thrift store or leave it at the end of the driveway with a "FREE" sign. If there's enough, we might set up a garage sale and try to make some money.
Some of us, while cleaning out, find that we've collected things over time and are forced to make decisions like, "do I really need all of this?" or "am I willing to give these up yet?" The folks at Turbo Haul recently revealed the results of a survey to find the states with the most and least hoarders.
We surveyed over 1000 Americans and asked them about their hoarding practices and perceptions, items they hoard beyond practical use or without available space, and how hoarding practices may have impacted their personal lives and health.
The average percentage of self-identified hoarders in every state was 25% with the worst states including South Carolina (50%), Ohio (42%), Alabama (41.7%), Massachusetts (39%), Pennsylvania (38.5%) and North Carolina (38.5%).
Minnesota, for its part, found itself towards the bottom of the list (a good place to be in this case) as the 5th worst state for hoarders with just 13.7% self-identified hoarders. The best states included D.C. (2.8%), New Jersey (9.8%), Wyoming (9.8%) and Mississippi (12.8%).
The survey also went on to reveal hoarding practices across genders and generations as well as the impact of hoarding on relationships and health. You can read the full results here.
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