Research has found one in four of us will consider ourselves to be a hoarder
The study, conducted by Clearabee, found over a quarter of Brits (28 per cent) admit to being a hoarder, while one in ten have confessed to not decluttering for over five years.
However, a look at specific hoarding tendencies have revealed a greater proportion of Brits could actually fall into the category of hoarder...
- Over half of respondents (56 per cent) have said they keep items they have no use for, purely for sentimental reasons.
- 55 per cent will keep clothes that no longer fit or that they don’t wear anymore, 'just in case'.
- 52 per cent will keep old tickets and receipts from a memorable event they've been to.
- One in five (20 per cent) keep electrical devices that no longer work or other broken items.
- The three most commonly hoarded yet unwanted items were found to be clothes, bikes and bread makers.
However, despite our hoarding habits, the research also showed decluttering is still the most popular spring activity to try this time of year. With less than one in 10 aiming to enrol in an exercise class this Spring (nine per cent), and 17 per cent planning a detox, 57 per cent are looking to conduct a spring clean, making the most of a popular activity this season. Those most likely to have a clear out are those aged over 55, as they look for a fresh start for the new season (65 per cent).
Decluttering also proved to be a good technique for achieving a mental boost, with over a quarter (28 per cent) turning to decluttering when they feel low, compared to those who preferred to pamper themselves (26 per cent) or meditate (14 per cent).
Daniel Long, founder and managing director at Clearabee said: "Our research reveals how much unwanted junk is currently in British homes and how tackling hoarding tendencies by Spring cleaning can help on many levels. Decluttering is regarded as the traditional Spring-time activity and it’s good to see how many people are planning to clear out their house before the start of the summer."