By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Are you like more than 1 in 7 homeowners who hide their Godiva chocolate or addictive bag of Cheetos in the cupboard above the refrigerator? That’s the findings of a recent survey conducted by MasterBrand Cabinets, the largest cabinet manufacturer in North America. I would too if I could reach my upper cabinet, but I keep my secret stash of Beer Nuts in a crock pot on a more accessible shelf.
The Home Organization Survey of 1,000 U.S. homeowners suggests we homeowners are stressed about having a messy kitchen and can’t relax if our kitchen isn’t organized and tidy. Whether stand-up mixers clutter the countertop or a family member keeps leaving cabinet doors open, 81 percent of homeowners report they can’t relax if their kitchen is a mess. To cope, homeowners admitted in the survey that they go to such lengths as "storing pots and pans in [a] kids’ room," using a "hidden compartment under the coffee table," and even filling "the spare bathroom tub" with disparate items to find enough storage.
I remember when we were selling our family house and we got a call about an impromptu showing, my sister Mary Ellen stashed stuff from the kitchen counter in the oven. I thought that was pretty clever.
While a third of respondents consider organization a hobby, the rest feel it’s better described as a chore. However, millennials may be more up for the challenge, as 42 percent consider organization to be “a hobby,” compared to 33 percent of the general population.
Regardless of whether it’s viewed as a chore or hobby, many homeowners are overwhelmed. In fact, of those surveyed, nearly half think organizing their home is more overwhelming than training for a marathon.
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