The more objects attached to the front of a family's refrigerator the more objects per square foot in the house overall.
A group of scientists actually did a study on this! Anthropologists and archaeologists from the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families did a 4-year study of 32 middle-class American families. They studied them the same way that they would study animal subjects even taking saliva samples to study stress hormones. What they discovered is that America has too much stuff and it's stressing them out. Leave it to the scientists to spend lots of money to tell us something we already know!
The study and accompanying photos have been documented in the book Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century. I ordered this book through Amazon and I'm really looking forward to reading it (unfortunately, it's on back order). Marketing companies track what we, as a society, buy, when we buy it and where we buy it but there has never been a study of what we do with all of it after we get it home.
"A refrigerator door cluttered with magnets, calendars, family photos, phone numbers, and sports schedules generally indicates the rest of the home will be in a similarly chaotic state" - The Boston Globe
This is my refrigerator.
I have a calendar on one side.
And I have one photo of a couple of adorable children on the front.
So what does the front of your refrigerator look like?
By the way, after informing my mother of this study, she decided to go home and clean off her fridge. She figures the rest of the house will just fall into place after. I'm not sure it works quite like that!