Do You Have the Time to Shop?

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It’s estimated that the average woman spends 8 years of her life shopping.

Are you above of below average?

Do you consider shopping a time-waster? What would happen if you limited all your shopping to one day of the week? Even internet shopping? Would you save money? save time? What would you do with your extra time?

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Just something to think about.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Seana Turner on May 6, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I think my daughter spends a lot more than this LOL! I used to enjoy shopping more, but since clothing has gotten larger, I find the whole process frustrating. I see so many cute shoes, but they never have my size. I do love grocery shopping… does that count? I do think internet shopping has saved me a lot of time. Amazon Prime is kind of dangerous:)

  2. Janet Schiesl on May 6, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Hi Seana. I love grocery shopping too. Don’t really like shopping for anything else. Internet shopping can be dangerous! I love Amazon Prime as well, but try to only buy wants needed.

  3. Linda Samuels on May 6, 2019 at 10:10 am

    That’s a frightening statistic! I like shopping as a practical activity when I need something. I also enjoy browsing from a visual/design perspective. It’s not necessarily to buy something, but looking at things sometimes sparks ideas for me that have nothing to do with purchasing stuff. I might see a funny phrase or a color combination, or enjoy feeling my way (as in touching the stuff) as I look in a store. It’s a tactile, visual experience. Internet shopping is a time and money saver for purchasing regular products that I need to replenish. Amazon Prime lets me do that and save on shipping costs, time, and gas. I don’t think I’d save time if I shopped on one day for everything. For me, that kind of structure isn’t necessary. I try to group similar activities. So if I need to run a shopping errand, I try to do it on a day when I know I’ll be near that particular store.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 6, 2019 at 11:48 am

      I also love shopping at stores that are well mechandised, mean beautifully set up. I get caught up in the visual, but usually don’t by anything. I was also surprised at the statistics. Someone is shopping a lot more than me or you.

  4. Janet Barclay on May 6, 2019 at 11:56 am

    I think I’m probably below average, but my shopping routine dropped when I went from working for the government (where I had a scheduled lunch hour every day and easy access to shops) to a non-profit (where I didn’t get a scheduled lunch break) and later working at home. Now I tend to only go when I need something in particular, which isn’t as fun, but does save me lots of money (and time).

    • Janet Schiesl on May 6, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      I’m pretty scheduled with shopping as well. I don’t know if that saves me money thought.

      • Janet Barclay on May 7, 2019 at 12:25 pm

        You don’t think you’re less likely to impulse shop if you’re out for a specific reason, rather than just killing time?

  5. Sara Skillen on May 6, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Wow, that’s an interesting statistic. I might have been headed to the 8 year mark once upon a time, but it feels like the older I get the more I go into shopping “stealth” mode. I like to be really strategic about it – I plan times when crowds are likely low, I usually research items online before I’ll head into the store so I don’t waste time making decisions, and I limit the number of places locally I’ll go to (so I really know the stores, their layout, and sometimes even the clerks really well). I’m not sure what flipped the switch on this, but I even found I really didn’t enjoy browsing stores much on a recent vacation. I guess I just have more I want to do with my time now (read, write, hang with family, watch movies).

    Love the look of the video!

    • Janet Schiesl on May 6, 2019 at 7:07 pm

      Sara, you bring up something I’ve been thinking about. When you eliminate something that takes up a lot of time (shopping for entertainment, watching too much TV, etc) you have so much more time for more important things.

  6. Nancy Haworth on May 7, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    That’s an interesting statistic. I am probably below average, as my only routine shopping is grocery shopping. I hate shopping for clothes because it takes so much time to try on everything, and I’m hesitant to buy most clothing online because it often doesn’t fit properly. When I do shop, I almost always bring a list with me so I can save time.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 8, 2019 at 8:06 am

      Thanks Nancy. I think a lot of people mindlessly shop. That is will the stat is so high.

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