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Most annoying home traits that always leads to arguments

House Beautiful (UK) logo House Beautiful (UK) 12/02/2018 Katie Avis-Riordan

Top 5 annoying home traits that always leads to arguments © Peter Dazeley / Getty Top 5 annoying home traits that always leads to arguments Not washing the dishes straight away leads to the most arguments in UK households, a new study has revealed.

It appears that a sink full of dirty plates is more loathed than someone who doesn't clean up after themselves, research conducted by made-to-measure window dressings company, Hillarys, suggests.

More than 2,000 Brits aged 18 and over were quizzed about the things the people they live with do that drive them crazy.

The first question of the survey asked: 'Do you live with someone who does something that really gets on your nerves?' Almost every participant (97 per cent) admitted that 'yes', they did.

Respondents were then provided with a list of things that a family member, partner or housemate might do that would irritate them, and the following five emerged as the top most annoying traits:

1. They don't wash their dishes straight away – 88 per cent

2. They borrow my stuff without asking – 75 per cent

3. They use the stairs as a dumping ground – 72 per cent

4. They rarely clean up after themselves – 66 per cent

5. They don't throw away finished items, i.e. empty milk cartons, shampoo bottles, etc. – 59 per cent.

a close up of a bottle © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Respondents were also asked what it was they had done to address these annoying habits, and 52 per cent said they had confronted the culprit directly, while 37 per cent admitted they had left a passive aggressive note at least once before.

And when asked if these habits had resulted in arguments, over half of respondents (56 per cent) admitted they had.

'Living with other people, whether family members, a partner or friends, will always have its ups and downs,' said Tara Hall, spokesperson for Hillarys. 'People have different routines and it's important to create mutually respected rules when you live with others. Doing so should help prevent people just dumping their stuff and asking before they take or borrow anything that belongs to someone else.

'In the long term this will create a more relaxed, clean and friendly environment and reduce tension levels.'

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