The day of unrest – 10% say Sunday is the BUSIEST day

Sunday’s are no longer a day of rest, with the typical Brit carrying out a list of up to 15 jobs. 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 laborious tasks.

walking the dog

The study commissioned by Chef & Brewer, 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.

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.


An organised one in ten even write a to-do list for their week ahead.

A third of the 2000 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.



Generally tidy-up

Put washing in the machine

Eat a roast dinner


Hang out washing either indoors or outdoors


Load the dishwasher


Visit a supermarket


Sort out recycling

Unload the dishwasher

Tidy the garden

Clean the bathroom

Small DIY jobs i.e. change light-bulbs, put up pictures etc

Change the bedding

Take the bins out

Dust and polish

Ring any relatives for a catch-up

Walk the dog

Drive to visit relatives

Wash the car


Weeding the garden


Mow the lawn

Pay bills online

Change the towels

Write to do list for the week ahead

Pack school bags for Monday morning

Water house plants

Bake cakes

Liaise with your partner over plans for the week ahead

Prepare packed lunches

Help children with homework

Go to church of other place of worship

Catch up on work

Fill the car up with petrol

Pack PE Kits

Visit the tip

Log on to work emails

Last minute dash to convenience store for forget ton items

Cook and freeze meals for the week

Car maintenance

Clean out pet bedding (hamsters, rabbits etc)

Fill out school paperwork

Watch kids play sport

Order online food shop

Polish school shoes

Ferry kids to parties

Get hair done

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