Lazy homes: Half of Brits take more than 10 months to unpack after moving in

Posted 24 July 2015 by Tilly Rubens

A new survey has revealed that more than half of people who have moved house in the last five years are still to unpack boxes in their home ten months after moving in.

The research, conducted by Kiwi Movers, also found that three-quarters of those interviewed admitted that failing to unpack properly was causing stress in their lives.

One in four said they had left boxes unpacked for the entire duration of their stay in a property. Sandwich toasters, cocktail shakers and non-essential kitchen items were the things most likely to remain boxed, while the kettle and phone/tablet chargers were typically the first items to see the light of day.

Regan McMillan, director of Kiwi Moves says: “If a quarter of people are saying they’ve got boxes they never unpacked since their last move, you’ve got to wonder if they need what’s inside.” He adds:”We recommend having a thorough de-clutter prior to moving house so our clients don’t end up paying to move, then storing or living among items they don’t need.”

Decorating was the most common excuse given by the slow unpackers, with 44% saying they would properly unpack once they had completed other “necessary” tasks. 31% complained of lack of storage space, 12% said they were still deciding where to put things, 7% claimed to be too busy and 6% refreshingly admitted they just “couldn’t be bothered”.

The research also found that men were more likely than women to be living out of boxes, as were singletons compared to couples. A rather sad 7% said they were still living out of boxes two years after moving home.

Although the survey highlighted a minority who dealt with unpacking promptly, it does suggest that as a nation we could do with a few lessons in decluttering or feng shui. Kiwi Moves director Regan Mcmillan says; “In most cases, if you haven’t used it in the last six months, you can most likely do without.”

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