Householders 'stressed by clutter'

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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."

Inside the £450k hoarder house

Inside the £450k hoarder house