People in the South East lose 2,700 items in their lifetime

The average person from the South East loses more than 2,700 items in their lifetime '“ including 160 items of clothing and 69 umbrellas, research reveals

Sunday, 26th June 2016, 3:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 2:24 am

A national study into lost belongings of 2,000 adults found people also misplace 344 pens across a lifetime and on average lose four items a month.

Keys are the most commonly lost item, followed by mobile phones, pens and glasses.

The average person from the South East forks out £1,904 over their lifetime replacing items they have lost - so perhaps it’s no surprise that two thirds of Brits describe themselves as ‘someone who misplaces things’.

The research, commissioned by My Nametags, a British manufacturer of name tags, found that parents don’t have it any easier with children losing seven items a month – most commonly school jumpers, school books, stationery, their socks and toys.

In fact, children will lose more than a thousand items throughout their school years, results showed.

Lars Andersen, managing director of My Nametags, who commissioned the research, said: “Schools are like the Bermuda Triangle for clothes and stationery.

“Parents often discuss how they can avoid losing school uniform as you don’t want to fork out for new items you’ve only bought the other week.

“Some losses are inevitable, but there are ways that you can make sure your child doesn’t lose every item they own by labelling everything, even their socks.

“It is utterly frustrating when you lose a particular possession, whether it be a child’s cherished teddy bear, or a mobile phone.

“You are invariably unhappy about losing the item, but also about wasting time looking for it.

“But of course, when you’ve found the misplaced item, or it has been returned to you, the agony of losing something is then replaced by sheer joy.”

Headphones, lipsticks and memory sticks have a unique ability to go astray and also featured on the 20 most lost list.

Other items that have a mysterious habit of disappearing include remote controls, phone chargers and gloves.

The results also showed that one in four careless people have even temporarily lost a car.

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