Do you have a forgotten fortune in your bedside drawer?

Euro notes and coins. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Euro notes and coins. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Among the millions of men living in the UK, new research has found that 56pc hoard money in junk drawers, with each possessing an average of £32.76 in various currencies.

The study, commissioned by self storage company, Space Station, suggests that collectively a total equivalent of £465,024,269 lays in the midst of other forgotten items such as redundant phone chargers, watches, used batteries and old keys.

Euros were found to make up the vast majority of money tucked away in men's bedside drawers, followed by US Dollars and Australian Dollars.

Other forgotten but potentially valuable items kept with holiday currency include watches, with 20pc of men saying that two lay forgotten in the drawer, and old phones, with four in five men stashing at least one, despite models like the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy A5 being worth around £56 from companies such as Envirofone.

Vlatka Lake, Marketing Manager at Space Station, said: 'Everyone hoards old junk to some extent, but it seems that men have a real knack for keeping valuables together with things that they're unlikely to ever use again, in the 'out of sight, out of mind' drawer.

'Some items, like expensive watches, can become more valuable over time, so it's best to keep them in a safe place. Otherwise, though, the bedside table drawer is one of the best places to start when decluttering your home.'

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