It's a domestic dilemma played out in over-50s households around the country and probably throughout the world: should your garage be used to store the car or junk?
On the one hand, it seems obvious – garages were built for car storage. But on the other hand, what about all those boxes you never got round to unpacking, even though you moved in to your current home in the mid-1990s? And think of all those partially used paint tins you always thought would come in useful – where would they live if you made room for your Honda?
According to research from Aviva, over two-thirds of households with two or more cars can't get into their garage because they are stuffed with other possessions.
Interestingly, it tends to be men who take up the most space in the garage for their stuff, with the majority of blokes cramming their gardening equipment, DIY materials and tools in the space.
Architectural designer Oliver Heath commented: "The Aviva survey results don't surprise me at all. It's clear that we're all short on time, and with the increased pressure on space in the home and a higher turnover of household possessions than ever before, it really can be tricky to know what to do with all that 'stuff'."
However, he pointed out, it is "ludicrous" to favour junk items over a car, which is usually one of the most expensive purchases we will ever make.
"Will it really take vandalism or theft of our cars for the nation to wake up to the fact that they are safer stored in our garages than left on the road?"
Meanwhile, Nifties who have got that glint in their eye and a to-do list in their hand might turn their attentions to their wardrobe after they've finished decluttering the garage.
Now that our Indian summer is over, it's a good time to wash and pack away our lighter clothes and store them in vacuum bags to keep them safe from moths.
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