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20 December 2017

Families declutter their homes to make way for new presents

Planning a pre-Christmas clear-out? More than a third of adults across the UK (37 per cent) now have a Christmas declutter to make way for new presents according to a survey conducted for Clearabee, the on-demand rubbish removal company.

The results show that on average 18 per cent of us say we de-junk our homes every year in the run up to Christmas and a further nine per cent plan to do one for the first time this year.

With many adults expecting to fill an estimated 109 million bin bags on Christmas Day, and the average child receiving 11 presents, a Christmas declutter is becoming an increasingly popular way of creating space for new gifts in the Christmas season.

Studies show women are much more likely than men to take charge of the Christmas clear-out, with almost half of women (44 per cent) intending to have a declutter compared to less than a third of men (30 per cent).

Younger adults are also more likely to ditch their junk in December, with almost half (48 per cent) of those aged 18-34 planning to create space for more presents. This compares to 42 per cent of 35 to 54-year-olds and just 24 per cent of over 55s.

Residents of Newcastle (England) are proved to be the most likely to have the tidiest homes this Christmas, with more than half (54 per cent) planning a declutter. Other major metropolitan areas that will see Christmas decluttering at rates that exceed the national average this year include Liverpool, Birmingham, Southampton, Cardiff and Leeds. Closer to home in Belfast, 38 per cent of families are planning a Christmas clear-out this year.

Daniel Long, founder and managing director at Clearabee, comments: “Decluttering is traditionally associated with the spring, but many people across the UK now find that doing it before Christmas is much more beneficial. For a lot of people Christmas time means new gifts and toys as well as lots of packaging waste. A Christmas declutter can help people feel on top of things at this busy time and free up space for new presents and gifts.”

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