We’ve questioned the nation on their knack for leaving things behind, revealing the most common and weirdest items they’ve been greeted with when arriving at their new home.
Remember the “Lost Belongings” box at school? The equally sad yet intriguing collection of random items that were always a bit of a question mark. How does one manage to lose just the one sock? Who on earth could make use of sunglasses with just one lens?
Spinning one of the least fun aspects of selling and buying a new home (we’re talking about the actual moving part, of course!), we’ve asked the nation about their knack for leaving things behind. We haven’t just stopped there though, we’ve also asked Brits to reveal the most common and weirdest items they’ve been greeted with when arriving at their new home.
Moving… not so tedious after all…
WHO’S THE MOST FORGETFUL OR WASTEFUL OF THEM ALL?
Whilst ¼ of the country have revealed that they have forgotten something behind in a move before, when posed the question of how many have left something behind intentionally, 26% admitted to purposefully ditching their unwanted items on poor unsuspecting new residents. That’s half of the UK, either forgetting or ditching their belongings behind!
Splitting our survey results by country/region (view Wales here and Scotland here), we discovered the most to least forgetful and wasteful in England. East Midlanders win the title of “Most Forgetful” and Londoners are the “Most Wasteful”, whereas North Westerners are the “Least Forgetful” and those from Yorkshire & The Humber are the “Least Wasteful”.
THE ITEMS MOST COMMONLY ‘LEFT BEHIND’
Polling 2,000 adults on the most common items found left behind when moving in, an overwhelming majority have declared ‘Greenery’ as the most discardable item in a home move, with 32% of Brits discovering abandoned Plants when arriving at their new ‘digs’.
Other common items left behind include messages on walls, old clothing, rotten food, money and most interestingly of all, 6% of movers in the UK have discovered secret passages or compartments when settling in to their new place.
Moving onto the weird (good) stuff, we asked Brits to reveal everything and anything they found strange, weird or illicit when moving into a new home and the answers did not disappoint. Among the strangest things revealed were children, false teeth, doll heads and a book of voodoo rituals. Most surprisingly of all, the most common ‘stranger things’ found by Britons moving into a new home were exotic pets including iguanas, tropical fish and budgies.
The map below highlights the weirdest finds per region, with some of the top contenders including Wedding Albums, artificial limbs and Marijuana plants.
AND THE AWARD GOES TO…
“Least Sustainable” (discarding clothing) – Yorkshire & The Humber
“Most Sustainable” – East of England
“Creepiest” (leaving wall messages) – West Midlands
“Most Secretive” (secret compartments/passages) – North East
“Worst Plant Parents” – South East
“Most Careless With Money” – North West
“Least Likely To Forget Money” – South West
“Dirtiest” (rotten food left behind) – Greater London
Arguably, some of us may need to improve on recycling our unwanted belongings and keeping track of our stuff when moving home, but who can blame you when moving is easily one of the most stressful situations you’ll face in life.
On the bright side, whether these ‘lost belongings’ are being left behind intentionally or not, leaving that random item or two behind can either turn into a really good story to tell or give your unwanted belongings a second life – but please don’t leave your underwear behind, no one should be re-using that.