A study has discovered 92 per cent of the nation own unused items, with a quarter considering themselves an 'everyday hoarder' - despite the popularity of minimalist home interiors
The research, conducted by IKEA, revealed that as a nation, we have over 15 billion items stashed away, with the items that we hold onto the most in our homes being toys.
It was found the average child has 114 toys, despite only playing with 10 per cent of them, and subsequently, 81 per cent of parents think it's hard to store their child's toys.
42 per cent of Brits have said they still have items that aren't needed or used, simply due to their sentimental value, with other factors including being too busy (23 per cent), not knowing where to start (17 per cent), or where they could store the items (16 per cent).
20 per cent said they only de-clutter their home once a year, while it was surprising to find that seven per cent have never done so, while it's feeling overwhelmed that puts 63 per cent off clearing their homes,
To offer homeowners a helping hand with part of their hoarding addiction, IKEA has launch the 'Toy Stor-age Points' in eight of their stores across the country*, between 29th March - 31st March.
You will be able to use these stations to gift toys that are no longer used to the UK's largest children's charity, Barnado's. The charity will then sell the donations in its shops to raise money for vital services, helping over 301,000 vulnerable children, young people, parents and carers across the country.
As an added incentive, customers who donate will also receive a £10 discount when spending £70 on IKEA's toy storage solutions, including TROFAST, KALLAX, FRITIDS, STUVA, FLYTTBAR and more.
Marcos Tejedor, Storage Sales Leader for IKEA UK and Ireland, said: "We’re thrilled to be partnering with Barnardo’s to launch Toy Stor-age donation points across the UK. Finding the space and suitable storage for your family’s belongings can be overwhelming, especially if your child has copious amounts of toys. We at IKEA want to help the nation create a more organised life at home. By allowing our customers to re-gift their preloved toys in exchange for discount on our storage collections, we’ll ensure families can keep track of their belongings so they don’t go unused again."
Find out how you can donate here: https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/ikea/offers-events-terms-conditions/
The 10 most hoarded items are:
1. Toys - 79.26 per cent
2. CDs - 78.17 per cent
3. DVDs - 73.25 per cent
4. Receipts - 71.95 per cent
5. Cards (Birthday, Anniversary) - 69.82 per cent
6. Letters - 65.64 per cent
7. Cassette Tapes -65.09 per cent
8. School work / files - 64.45 per cent
9. University work / files - 62.46 per cent
10. VHS tapes - 60.67 per cent
Top 10 reasons Brits hold onto unused items include:
1. Sentimental value - 42 per cent
2. Can’t find the time to clear out - 23 per cent
3. Potential future value -18 per cent
4. Procrastination - 18 per cent
5. Don’t know where to start - 17 per cent
6. Find it overwhelming - 16 per cent
7. Don’t know where to put it - 16 per cent
8. Have other/more important things to do - 13 per cent
9. In case it comes back into fashion - 9 per cent
10. Difficult to get rid of - 7 per cent
*the eight stores are Greenwich, Wembley, Birmingham, Warrington, Leeds, Sheffield, Southampton and Cardiff.