We’ve questioned the Welsh 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 the Welsh public 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…
FORGETFUL OR WASTEFUL?
Whilst 24% 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, 23% admitted to purposefully ditching their unwanted items on poor unsuspecting new residents. Compared to both England and Scotland, Wales has come up as being the least wasteful country in the UK.
Splitting survey results by country and region/county (view Scotland here and England here), we discovered the most to least forgetful and wasteful in Wales. Swansea secures the title of “Most Forgetful” and “Most Wasteful”, those in Newport are the least forgetful and in Powys you’ll find the least wasteful, being least guilty of ditching their unwanted possessions.
THE ITEMS MOST COMMONLY ‘LEFT BEHIND’
Quizzing the Welsh on the most common items found left behind when moving in, they have declared ‘Greenery’ as the most discardable item in a home move, with over a ⅓ of those moving in discovering abandoned Plants when arriving at their new ‘digs’.
Other common items left behind include messages on walls, old clothing, rotten food and most pleasantly of all, 8% of adults in Wales have discovered money when settling in to their new place. This reveals the Welsh as the most (accidentally or not) generous, above the English and Scottish, having the highest % of people finding money when moving into new homes.
Moving onto the weird (good) stuff, we asked the Welsh about 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 a wedding dress, a banjo, drugs and china dolls. The most common ‘stranger things’ found by the Welsh is alcohol (mostly bottles of wine), probably to the delight of new residents looking to celebrate their move!
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.