Going through a breakup can be hard at the best of times but having to navigate through handing over your ex’s belongings often only makes the situation even more difficult.
That could be why a new survey shows that nearly half of Brits choose not to give their ex their things back after a break-up. The study, conducted by self-storage provider, Space Station, reveals that 41% of Brits think it’s acceptable to keep hold of an ex’s belongings, and around half (49%) believe it’s acceptable to dispose of their former partner’s things.
One in 10 (10%) people have BURNT their ex’s things, a quarter (26%) have thrown them away and 12% have made some extra cash by selling their ex-lover’s possessions, the research revealed. For those who’ve sold their ex’s things, a staggering 30% have made up as much as £200 by flogging their ex’s things.
When it comes to keeping stuff, some people can’t let go of sentimental gifts bought by their former partner, with 29% choosing to keep jewellery and just under a quarter (24%) holding on to keepsakes such as love notes and photographs.
For those wanting to give their ex their belongings back, 39% choose to hand them back within a week of the relationship ending, with 13% handing belongings back up to 48 hours after the breakup. More than one fifth (22%) choose to hold on to them for up to a year.
Some Brits choose to dispose of their ex’s things as soon as possible to help new relationships grow, as under half (47%) have admitted that they would be offended if a current partner had their ex’s things.
Commenting on the findings, Vlatka Lake, marketing manager at Space Station, said: “Going through a breakup can be hard at the best of times, but it only adds to the heartache when you have to sort through your ex’s belongings.
“If you’re a little undecided on how best to deal with the possessions, there is always the option of placing them in storage until you’ve made a decision!”
To find out more on how you can rid your home of your ex’s clutter, please visit: https://www.space-station.co.uk/blog/six-steps-on-how-to-rid-your-home-of-clutter