Two piles of old clothes beside each other. In front of one pile is a sign that says, 'keep.' In front of the other pile is a sign that says, 'Donate.'
Home organization habits differ across the generations, according to a survey. (©Federica Fortunat, Adobe Stock Photos)

Traditions tend to evolve with each generation. That’s also true for home organization habits, according to a survey of baby boomers vs. millennials and Generation Xers.

ClosetMaid conducted a 2020 study of 1,000 U.S. adults to learn about their home organization and decluttering habits. The results underscore the differences between baby boomers, Gen Xers and millennials, and some similarities.

In this battle of the generations, the retailer learned three things:

  • 3 out of 5 millennials have organized their home in the past six months, compared to two out of five baby boomers
  • 1 in 5 millennials would have no problem tossing something they despised that belonged to their significant other, compared to 5% of baby boomers
  • 44% of millennials prefer to sell their unwanted or gently used items, compared to baby boomers and Gen X members, who would rather keep or donate these items.

Much has been written about the battle between baby boomers vs. millennials; however, despite their differences, some things are common across the generations.

For instance:

  • Everyone primarily stores clothes and outerwear in their closets, according to the survey. And old boxes clutter everyone’s closets.
  • Everyone holds onto older things in their closets — although, for baby boomers and Generation Xers, those items are up to 21 years old, whereas millennials have items up to 10 years old.
  • Finally, most people in each age group feel their attic is the most organized space, and that their bedroom and garage need the most improvement.

Here’s an infographic from ClosetMaid breaking down the survey and its results.

ClosetMaid survey results featuring baby boomers vs. millennials and generation xers
(ClosetMaid)

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