Britain lives in filth
Remember Mr Trebus, who lived amongst mountains of poo in carrier bags? Well the rest of the UK are also guilty of being squalid hoarders, according to a survey by market research group ICM.
One in five of us has oceans of rubbish we don’t need in our houses, clutter that could fill an entire room. And one in 20 say that they’ve actually tripped over their clutter. Over 65s are the worst, seemingly unable to throw out their stairlift catalogues and old copies of Puzzler magazine.
Men, however, tend not to hold onto their clutter for as long as women, and are more ruthless - having a clearout every three years. But 42% said that they don’t bother to clear out clutter, because it’s a ‘hassle to get rid of.’
Instead we prefer to surround ourselves with towers of clutter, eventually dying and forcing our relatives to rake through thousands of empty yoghurt pots and elastic bands.
I don’t know about you, but I find this quite heartening. Despite a slurry of lifestyle shows featuring people who demand uncluttered living spaces and airy minimalism, it’s quite comforting to know that most of us live like Stig of the Dump, picking our teeth with an old biro while sitting on a mountain of festering crap.