Demographic Influences on Organized Living
Generation X refers to the population who were born between 1965 and 1980 (approximately). They are the grandchildren of the silent generation.
The baby boomers raised Generation X while they were accumulating their material possessions and trying to improve their life for the benefit of their children.
Consequently the children of the baby boomers are used to having a lot, and
are not that keen on going without stuff that they really want. This does not mean, however, that the Gen X population is demanding or that they
want everything or even that they like a lot of "stuff".
They are just very selective about their stuff.
Influences on Organized Living
Gen X members are less likely to be emotionally attached to their things as they are used to having a lot of
things. The rapid technological changes experienced by this generation have made them more adaptable and flexible
than the two generations before them.
Gen X may have difficulty understanding their parents and grandparents massive amounts of stuff and may look on it as "junk", while they view their own toys and
belongings as completely necessary for a meaningful life.
They do not necessarily want to "do better" than their parents and do not expect to because they think they are already doing okay.
Whatever Gen X wants to do, they want to do it their own way.
Clutter Profile for Gen X
- They are used to having stuff come and go in their lives.
- If they are going to keep something it is going to be something that they think adds value to their life.
- Do not see items as having inherent value unless it adds a valuable dimension or usefulness to their lives.
- May be space challenged because of economic uncertainties and volatile real estate markets.
- Take pride in doing more with less.
- They are concerned for the environment and are more like their silent generation
grandparents when it comes to "reuse and recycle" than they might want to admit.
by Beverly OMalley