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Everyone remembers the 'Lost Belongings' box at school – the equally sad yet intriguing collection of random items that were always a bit of a question mark.
The most intriguing part of all was thinking about how people managed to lose just the one sock or who on earth could make use of sunglasses with just one lens.
And now property purchasing company WeBuyAnyHome have asked the nation about their knack for leaving things behind – revealing the most common and weirdest items they’ve been greeted with when arriving at their new home.
The data found that 25% of Brits said that they have forgotten something behind in a move before, with another 26% saying they left something behind intentionally to ditch an unwanted item.
That’s half of the UK, either forgetting or ditching their belongings behind.
Splitting survey results by country/region, the study revealed people in the East Midlanders win the title of “most forgetful” and Londoners are the “most wasteful”, whilst North Westerners are the “least forgetful” and those from Yorkshire & The Humber are the “least wasteful".
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.
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.
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Wedding albums, artificial limbs and marijuana plants were also found by new residents left by the previous owner.
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.
However it's best not to leave your underwear behind – no one should be re-using that.
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