NATIONAL PACK RAT DAY SURVEY FINDS ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IS BRINGING OUT THE PACK RAT IN PEOPLE

Seventy Percent Say They Need Help Organizing

NATIONAL PACK RAT DAY SURVEY FINDS ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IS BRINGING OUT THE PACK RAT IN PEOPLE

HASTINGS, Minn. (May 11, 2009) — With National Pack Rat Day on May 17, a new national survey found that while only 20 percent of the population consider themselves to be pack rats, more than 30 percent of those surveyed are holding onto things longer due to the economy.

The National Pack Rat Day survey, developed by Smead, a leading provider of filing and organizational products, also found that more than 70 percent of Americans need help when it comes to being organized.

“When times are tough, people tend to hang onto things longer,” said Louise Kurzeka, a professional organizer who works with Smead. “While keeping things isn’t necessarily a problem, these individuals, now more than ever, need to have an organizational system in place to avoid the appearance of becoming a pack rat.”

The survey also found that 56 percent of those surveyed either don’t like to throw anything away or don’t know what they should throw away. And 44 percent of respondents said they don’t have time or don’t know how to set up an organizational system to help them deal with the clutter.

Organizational Challenges at Work and Home

The Smead National Pack Rat survey looked into organizational challenges in the home and at work. At home, people’s biggest challenges were hanging onto everything with sentimental value, failure to file items regularly and a lack of a central place to get organized. At work, the challenges included having too much stuff on their desks and not knowing what to keep electronically versus in paper documents.

“Even though people many feel overwhelmed by the amount of paper that they keep, the answer isn’t to throw everything away but rather to find a system that works for them,” Kurzeka said. “There are many simple solutions for all of these organizational challenges and once people get a system that works, they are much more efficient, productive and have less stress.”

Help is Only a Website Away

Smead offers a free interactive “how to” Web site, Smead Organomics (www.smead.com/organomics), that can help solve a variety of organizational challenges. By answering a few simple questions, the user will receive a customized solution identifying his or her organizational style and suggested tools to match that style. The site was developed with help from professional organizers and offers practical ideas and advice including the latest trends and solutions to the most common organizing challenges in easy to digest “One Minute Answers.” In addition, an “Organomics Calculator” provides the actual time and money lost to individuals and companies due to disorganization.

The online survey of 1,000 adults age 18 and older was conducted April 21-23 by eNation.

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Smead Manufacturing Company, a leader in office filing products and records management systems, was established in 1906 in Hastings, Minnesota. Smead is a privately held, certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) offering thousands of organizational products for use in the home or office. For more information on Smead’s high-quality organizational products, including hundreds of environmentally friendly products made from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)-certified materials, visit www.smead.com. To find your personal organizing style, visit Smead Organomics at www.smead.com/MyOrganomics.