Here’s the second and last part of Ikea’s Organization and Lifestyle study, taken from Online Organizing‘s website.
REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS AND NEW YORKERS
- Registered Republicans were three times more likely to color code their T-shirt DRAWERS than registered Democrats.
- Registered Republicans were three times as likely to organize their closets as compared to registered Democrats.
- However, Democrats were five times as likely to color code their FILES at work compared to Republicans. (Hmmm, odd. Democrats are more organized in the office than at home?)
- People from New York were twice as likely to own a compact disc CABINET compared to people living in Chicago, while people living in Philadelphia were the least likely group to own a compact disc cabinet. (Again, circa 2001)
- New York Knicks fans were five times more likely to have a MAID organize their “stuff” compared to Chicago Bulls fans. (I don’t know much about basketball except that ball can get really dirty!)
- Families who hang their coats on a coat tree in their home were three times more likely to have DINNER together five nights per week than families without a coat tree in their homes. (My mind is a blank. Coats are not staples in the Philippines.)
SOCKS, SEX AND TAXES
- Men who organize their SOCK drawer had sex three times less per month compared to men who did not organize their sock drawer.
- Although, male sock organizers were five times more likely to cook a romantic dinner for their girlfriend or spouse compared to men who don’t organize their socks. (You’d think they’d get sex more given they cook romantic dinners more? Where’s the incentive here girls?)
- In addition, couples who have closet organizers ARGUED three times more per month than couples who do not have closet organizers. (Sports socks do not go with dress socks!)
- Sixty-five percent of people who file their tax returns EARLY claimed to ball their socks, while 54% of people who file their tax returns on time or late claimed to fold their socks. (Any benefit to balling socks over folding? Isn’t folding more neat?)
- People who file their tax returns early were six times more likely to fudge some NUMBERS on their return compared to people who turn them in on time or late. (I guess they don’t take time to double-check.)
TV SHOW PREFERENCES
- People who regularly watch “Survivor” were four times as likely to fold their underwear than viewers of “Friends.” (Don’t you dare judge my Friends.)
- Men who have a silverware TRAY were more likely to watch “Survivor” over “Friends” than men who didn’t have a silverware tray. (What is with these Survivor men?)
- Men who regularly watch “Ally McBeal” were five times more likely to own a label maker compared to men who don’t watch “Ally McBeal.” (Men watch Ally McBeal?)
- Women who watch the HBO show “Oz” were five times as likely to consider themselves DISORGANIZED as women who don’t watch the show. (I am not familiar with this show.)
- People who own a shower organizer were three times more likely to regularly watch “The Sopranos” than people who don’t own a shower organizer. (Hmmm, there’s a reason they call it organized crime. Hee hee.)
- Of the people who regularly watch “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” 18% keep their BOOKS organized in a bookcase, while 26% keep their books stacked on their dresser and 56% stack their books on the floor. (Tsk, tsk, tsk.)
So that’s it. The last of the useless but interesting organizing trivia I unearthed. And to end this Ikea series, I will leave you with 2 more ads from the inventors of the shopping black hole:
This is a 2nd ad from their “You Can’t Be Too Organized” event. I totally relate to it and I’ll tell you why in a future post on how I organize M’s toys.
And this one is just cute AND the ex-husband is played by Watson from the new British Sherlock series!