Scalextric tops list of old toys we refuse to bin

car raceThere are an awful lot of Scalextric tracks, Rubiks cubes and comics hiding in British homes, according to a recent into our hoarding tendencies.

A survey of 1,000 people found that old toys were the things we find it hardest to trow away thanks to our emotional connection with them.

While people also find it hard to throw away clothes that no longer fit family photos and love letters, it's toys which take up the most space.

The most commonly hoarded toys are said to be Scalextric tracks, Rubiks cubes, Star Wars collectables, Micro Machines, Barbie and Pokemon cards.

So what have you got hidden away in your house? Let us know in the comments.
A spokesperson for Access Self Storage, which commissioned the study, said: "Nostalgia storing is a growing phenomenon.  It started with hobbyists and enthusiasts, many of whom create entire museums within their storage unit celebrating the things they love.  

"Now modern households are catching on and using storage as a time capsule for the things they cherish or don’t want to forget, that they can’t keep comfortably at home."

According to research by Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Phd of Goldsmiths University of London: “We now know that from a young age that we want to start to keep items that will act as ‘memory triggers’ later in life and so build a physical representation of a lifetime’s experiences through personal memorabilia.

"Items we attach with emotional meaning often have a sentimental value that increases with the passing of time.

"A box of matches taken from a restaurant on a first date, a child’s first tooth, a broken watch from a loved grandparent and a fading photograph of happy times are all likely to be items found in storage that are clinging on to ever decreasing but increasingly valuable storage space in the home."

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