Stressed Out by Stuff, Americans Resolve to Tackle Clutter in 2020

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Patty Morrissey, Chief Organizing Expert at Mercari, Shares Her Secret to Getting Organized in the New Year

Getting organized, simplifying life and having a smaller footprint on the environment were the top New Year’s resolutions in a recent nationwide survey by Mercari, a popular resale marketplace app. They found that most Americans believe they could pocket $723 just by selling stuff they don’t use, and the average American household has 42 items they don’t use. In fact, nearly 20% of women still have unused holiday gifts in their homes from 2018! Recently, Patty Morrissey, Chief Organizing Expert at Mercari, teamed with YourUpdateTV to discuss the results of the survey and share her secrets to getting organized in the New Year.

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Stressed Out by Stuff in 2019 and looking for a fresh start in 2020

Survey respondents say they’re awash in things they’re no longer using:

  • Sixty-three percent of Americans (63%) say they "have too much stuff” -- about the same percentage who say they have at least one closet, drawer or room in their home “filled with stuff I don’t need” (59%).
  • More than one-third of Americans (38%) say they’ve experienced “extreme anxiety” due to a messy, disorganized home. And more than one in five (21%) said they have actually lost sleep for this reason.

Taming the Beast in 2020

Many Americans say they’ve resolved to tackle clutter in 2020 -- but how we go about it varies based on our age and gender:

  • More than one-third (38%) of respondents said that simplifying their life and “accumulating less stuff” is one of their New Year’s resolutions for 2020.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 (30%) of Gen Z respondents plan to sell their unwanted gifts, more than triple the percentage of Baby Boomers (9%) who say they plan to do so.
  • Gen Xers are a little more likely to “regift” their holiday gift rejects -- 32% plan to give unwanted holiday presents as gifts, vs. 28% of respondents overall.
  • Women are slightly more likely than men to regift: 30% said they’d regift unwanted presents, vs. 25% of men.
  • Men are more likely than women to just hold onto unwanted gifts: 26%, vs. 19% of women.

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Survey Methodology
Mercari commissioned YouGov PLC to conduct omnibus survey of 1,174 American adults. Fieldwork was undertaken December 18-19, 2019. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (aged 18+).

About Patty Morissey:
Patty Morissey is Mercari’sChief Organizing Expert at Mercari and frequently quoted expert in national media outlets and guest on television shows across the country. As an organizing and lifestyle consultant, Patty applies her experience in clinical social work to unpack both the physical and emotional stuff that's getting in your way so that you can become the person you are meant to be. In 2016, she became one of the first certified KonMari Consultants in the world outside of Japan.

About Mercari:
Mercari is The Selling App. We make it super easy to sell (or buy) almost anything. We all have things we don't use, never used or simply outgrew. But that stuff still has value. Mercari gives you the power to simply sell it, ship it, and earn some cash for it. Fashion to toys. Sporting goods to electronics. All the brands you know and love. Our mission is simple: to make selling easier than buying. And with more than 45 million downloads in the U.S. and 150,000 new listings every day, we're just getting started.

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

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