Sundays no longer the day of rest

Sundays are now the busiest day of the week for chores, according to a survey.

Sunday’s are no longer a day of rest, with the typical person carrying out a list of up to 15 jobs, according to research.

Researchers found that one in ten claim Sundays now, in fact, the busiest day of the week with cleaning, ironing and washing topping the list of tasks.

The study found two thirds of adults regard Sundays as a day to ‘catch-up’ on everything that gets left the rest of the week.

In fact, more people spend Sundays catching up on domestic chores than they do spending quality time with friends and family.

Beth McDonald at Chef & Brewer, who conducted the poll, said: "We feared Sundays had lost their mantle as the day of rest for Brits, but we found it startling that the majority of adults were planning to spend Easter Sunday working on household chores rather than relaxing with friends and family.

"As much as we have domestic jobs to do, it’s important to spend time with the family and try to make the most of our days off.

Sitting down together for Sunday lunch is a traditionally British thing to do, so it would be a shame to see this fall by the wayside in favour of housework."

For one in ten, the Sunday jobs include changing towels, watering plants and paying online bills.

Nearly a quarter spend their day of rest sorting out the recycling, loading and unloading the dishwasher, vacuuming and hanging out washing, while washing the car, packing school bags, walking the dog and food shopping were all listed as jobs to do on a Sunday.

One in ten even write a to-do list for their week ahead.

A third of the 2,000 adults polled said shops opening on Sundays has made life easier for them, and 54% said they feel bogged down by the amount of jobs they are faced with on a weekend – four in ten said they get annoyed as they never have chance to wind down.

A third said tidying and domestic chores take up the most time on a Sunday, but a quarter blamed the mammoth task of preparing the Sunday lunch.

In fact, more than one in five said that cooking a traditional roast dinner was very stressful.

The poll found a quarter of British adults always sit down to a proper Sunday lunch, and 30% tuck in most weeks- but one in ten said only tend to indulge in a Sunday roast during the winter months.



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