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Think twice about that clear-out: Why throwing out unwanted clutter is a bad idea



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 9:55 AM on 05th January 2010



Throwing out unwanted clutter may seem a good way of starting the new year afresh.

But as you embark on a clear-out, make sure not to do anything you may later regret.

A survey has found that half of us wish we hadn’t thrown away items with sentimental value such as old clothes and photographs.

Furniture and irreplaceable items like school books also featured on the top ten list of things we wish we had kept.


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The poll found we are becoming more ruthless in clearing space at home. But a number of us admit regretting rash decisions.


Among other items we wish we had held on to are old games consoles, sports equipment and musical instruments. Old coins, wedding dresses and, bizarrely, Persian rugs were also on the most-missed list.


The online poll of more than 2,000 adults was conducted last November by YouGov and self-storage company Safestore.

It also found that northerners were less attached to their belongings than those in the south.


More than half of all northerners surveyed said they didn't worry about letting go of personal belongings, compared with only 41 per cent of those who live in London.

Neil Riding, head of Safestore, said: 'We live in a disposable society, an age where everything has a life expectancy. From disposable cameras to disposable mobile phones, few products marketed to consumers are made to last.

'However, this 'out with the old, in with the new' lifestyle is expensive, and in many cases the alleged 'old' items are still in perfect condition and therefore needn’t be thrown away.'

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