Tuesday 16 July 2019

Householders 'stressed by clutter'

More than half of those surveyed said they were stressed out by unread books
More than half of those surveyed said they were stressed out by unread books

Almost a quarter of the population admits to being stressed by the amount of clutter in their homes with unread books and unwanted Christmas presents among the main offenders, according to a new survey.

Researchers uncovered a nation of hoarders with the average home having £400 worth of unused items lying around.

The survey of 2,000 adults found 23% said they were stressed by the clutter in their homes with more than half (52%) citing unread books as the biggest culprit.

Almost a quarter (24%) of people said they continued to hoard video and cassette tapes despite the rise of digital music and films.

Around two thirds (64%) of people said they would not worry about getting rid of unwanted Christmas presents with almost one in five (18%) saying they would happily sell unused items.

Scott Green, from needaproperty.com which commissioned the study, said: " Our findings suggest that the average home owner could free up a space similar to a single bedroom if only they threw out the junk that remains unloved and unused. A good de-clutter would benefit us all whether we are planning to move or stay in our houses, however anyone considering selling should take heed of the fact that 45% of people say that piles of junk would put them off buying a home."

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