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The thing British couples argue about more than anything else? It's a real turn off...

Mirror logo Mirror 30/03/2017 Ruki Sayid
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Leaving the lights on in empty rooms at home is the biggest cause of rows between couples, a survey has revealed.

Along with how high or low the heating should be, these two simple issues are behind more arguments than cooking or cleaning.

For research has found one in five adults has a bust-up with their partner over lights and radiators compared with just one in ten who get twitchy when electrical items are not unplugged after use.

Leaving windows and doors wide open causes a ruck between more than one in ten couples, according to the survey by energy giant E.ON.

It found newly weds are more likely to bicker over household chores like changing the sheets and washing up than those who have been married for more than 21 years.

Almost half of those who have lived together for 12 months or less row about whose job it is to replace the loo roll compared with two in ten who have been together for more than two decades.

And two thirds of those in the first flushes of love kick up a fuss over cleaning the house while just one in three of old timers bother to get in a fluster over the duster.

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Overall, four in ten couples said they did not have a chores rota and carried out tasks when needed, while a fifth said it fell to whoever was free at the time.

One in ten confessed they dodged boring household jobs by claiming they would ‘do it later’ or did not notice the dirt, overflowing laundry basket or sink full of washing up.

Defrosting the freezer was the nation’s pet hate followed by dusting and vacuuming, doing the laundry and washing up.

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The survey revealed cooking, shopping for groceries and gardening were the three household chores least likely to cause arguments.

Life coach and professional decluttering expert, Juliet Landau-Pope who helps couples deal with chore wars said: “Having the right type of communication between you and your partner can mean the difference between a tranquil and testing home.

“Couples who argue a lot rarely agree on who does what and when. As such, they’re more likely to live in a neglected environment that spawns more arguments.

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“But there are simple ways to transform a home into a place of peace and the key is communication and cooperation.”

She suggests couples use teamwork, rotas and common sense to share the duties and avoid falling out.


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