54 per cent of unwanted items are stashed away in the basement or
MONTREAL, June 21, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - As the province springs into
Moving Day action, Quebecers looking to make a move on July 1 may find
themselves overwhelmed with too much clutter. According to a survey
commissioned by Kijiji Canada, 52 per cent of the province reports
dealing with some sort of clutter in their home - ranging from moderate
clutter to clutter that's completely out of control - leaving many
asking, should the clutter stay or should it go?
What's standing in the way of the big move? Half of Quebecers report
holding on to a 'little bit of everything', including clothes (16 per
cent), work and office supplies (15 per cent), hobby supplies (12 per
cent), collectibles (three per cent), books, music and CDs (four per
"There's no reason to move the clutter," said Linda Sauvé, Kijiji
Canada's clutter expert. "Take the time to identify unwanted items and
get rid of them before the big day to avoid the heavy lifting. Use an
online classifieds site like Kijiji.ca for a free and easy way to sell items that you no longer want or need.
"If you're instead planning on challenging your inner strongman and
packing up everything, don't let the clutter move in to your new
basement or bedroom. Get rid of unwanted items as you unpack them."
Cleaning out your clutter
Whether you're looking to get rid of unwanted items before they get
boxed up or plan on downsizing when you move into your new home, Kijiji
Canada's clutter expert suggests the following tips for getting rid of
items you no longer want or need:
Detach to de-clutter. More than 60 per cent of Quebecers contend that they're "very or
somewhat emotionally attached" to their clutter, according to Kijiji's
research. Really, ask yourself: what is the worst possible thing that
could happen if I didn't have this item?
Seek out the obvious. If you're decluttering before you move, start with the obvious places.
Clutter, according to the survey, is likely hiding in the basement, the
living room, or the bedroom. In fact, 20 per cent of Quebecers admit to
storing their clutter in their bedroom. Look for clothes, office
supplies, and collectibles that you no longer want or need.
Love it or list it. If you don't love it or need it, list it for sale using an online
classifieds site like Kijiji.ca. It's a great way to sell almost anything.
Pick a price and post a picture. Take a minute to compare the price of similar products to get a sense of
what your item is worth. If you're like 67per cent of other Canadians
with clutter who say it's made up of a bit of everything, you may not
know its true value. Once you've priced the item, start listing. Always
include a photo of your item in your ad. After all, a picture is worth
1000 words or maybe even $1,000.
Start seeing green. Once your ad goes live, interested buyers will start to contact you. To
complete the transaction, meet in person at a mutually agreed upon
Moving Day Clutter
Who's holding on to the most clutter? What is different about Quebec's
clutter? When it comes to clutter behaviour in Quebec, the survey also
reveals interesting differences between us and the rest of the country:
Quebecers love their style: clothing makes up more clutter than anywhere
else in the country (16 per cent vs. 10 per cent elsewhere).
Conversely, Quebecers bedrooms are neater than any other province! Only
five per cent of us report our bedroom as a storage area, compared with
15 per cent of Western Canada, 16 per cent of Ontarians, and 26 per
cent in Atlantic Canada.
Quebecers are the most attached to their items, with 17 per cent
reporting that they are very emotionally connected to unwanted
possessions compare to 9 per cent in the rest of Canada.
Hiding it away: 34 per cent of Quebecers report their basement as the
most cluttered room.
Cash for clutter: the research also shows that 31 per cent of Quebecers
have up to $300 worth of clutter in their home that they could easily
sell and turn into cash.
"When it comes to preparing for Moving Day you don't need a strongman,"
said Zachary Candelario, general manager, Kijiji Canada. "To lighten
the load, Kijiji Canada is challenging Quebecers to clean out the
clutter before the big move. It's also a great way to make a little
extra cash to throw a housewarming party."
To start cleaning out clutter, Quebecers should visit www.kijiji.ca
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between
April 1 to 4, 2011, on behalf of Kijiji. For this survey, a sample of
1,030 adults from Ipsos' Canadian online panel was interviewed online.
Weighting was then employed to balance demographics and political
composition to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of
the adult population according to Census data and to provide results
intended to approximate the sample universe. A survey with an
unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate
would have an estimated margin of error of +/-3.1 percentage points, 19
times out of 20, of what the results would have been had the entire
population of adults in Canada been polled. All sample surveys and
polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not
limited to coverage error, and measurement error.
About Kijiji Canada
Kijiji, which means "village" in Swahili, is the number one classifieds
site in Canada, connecting nine-million buyers and sellers each month. Kijiji.ca offers Canadians a free, easy, and local way to buy, sell, and trade
goods and services in their community. With local sites for more than
99 cities and towns across the country, Kijiji makes it easy for
Canadians to find exactly what they're looking for in their own
community. Kijiji Canada is part of the eBay Classifieds Group, the
global leader in online classifieds with a global presence in more than
20 countries and 1,000 cities.
SOURCE Kijiji Canada
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