- Research conducted by the team at FalseEyelashes.co.uk found that more than a third of British women intentionally leave personal items around their partner’s home, in a bid to ‘mark their territory’
A hair brush, clean underwear and make-up were among the most common items left behind on purpose
- ‘To mark my territory’, ‘to remind them of me’ and ‘fears of them seeing other people’ were the most common reasons for intentionally leaving items behind.
The beauty experts at www.falseeyelashes.co.uk conducted the study as part of ongoing research into the habits of women in relationships. More than 1,532 women over the age of 18 took part in the survey – all of whom are in a relationship, but do not live with their other half – that uncovers how likely they would be to leave items around their partner’s home on purpose.
Firstly, respondents were asked how likely they were to intentionally leave items around their partner’s house on purpose, with more than a third (34%) admitting they were ‘very likely’ to do this.
When asked what items they commonly leave at their partner’s house (and able to choose more than one), the below came out on top:
- Hairbrush – 77% (of women that purposely leave items at their partner’s house leave this item)
- Clean underwear– 62%
- Make-up – 60%
- Items of clothing – 58%
- Hair grips – 54%
- Hair bobbles – 43%
- Cotton buds – 41%
- False eyelashes – 26%
- Toothbrush – 16%
- Deodorant – 14%
Next, they were asked the main reason for intentionally leaving personal items behind, with the most common answers found to be ‘to mark my territory’ (39%), ‘to remind them of me’ (29%) and ‘fears of them seeing other people’ (14%).
Furthermore, 23% claim to have found items of women’s clothing around their partner’s place that does not belong to them.
Saffron Hughes in-house Make-Up Artist at www.falseeyelashes.co.uk, commented:
“It can be hard to know where the boundaries are when you’re just starting out seeing someone, or even when you are in a long-term relationship. It was interesting to find out so many leave things at their partner’s house to ‘mark their territory’, but if there are serious doubts in the relationship, it is probably best to consult your partner direct. Leaving items around the home can be a good way to test the waters if you are planning to move in together in the long term, as your partner should get used to having your stuff around!”