One in five Brits feels their life is spiralling out of control, according to a new study.

New research from Siemens Home Appliances has revealed as many as 26 percent of Brits confess to being completely disorganised, leading to household jobs and daily responsibilities piling up and becoming unmanageable. As many as 54 percent of adults admit to sticking their head in the sand when it comes to their “to do list” and 40 percent said being so slapdash with their duties makes them feel constantly unsettled. Two in ten parents (21 percent) confess they are never on top of the washing, three in ten say they are not in control of their finances – and one in five have no idea what they are cooking for dinner most days.

Also 62 percent of Brits regularly find themselves having to rewash clothes because they forget to take them out of the machine and 20 percent said it was the norm to let the dirty dishes build up for a day or so before washing them up, the poll found.

It’s no surprise then that nearly two thirds (65 percent) said they have been left utterly embarrassed when guests pop round unannounced to find their home in a tip.

According to the study, nearly a third (32 percent) said the reason they are so muddled with everything is because they are juggling too much, whilst four in ten said they find household tasks so boring, so turn a blind eye until things get on top of them.

The new research comes as the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, in collaboration with the laboratory at the University of Limerick in Ireland, has revealed data showing how we feel about being in control of our life relates to our overall wellbeing.

Professor Robin Murphy who is an experimental psychology researcher at The University of Oxford said: “This research shows just how difficult it is becoming for people to keep on top of the day-to-day tasks associated with modern life. We measure mood in the laboratory and find that happiness levels are associated with feeling in control.

“People need and can benefit from apps or tools to enhance their perceptions of being in control. It isn’t surprising that the growing pressures in life are consistent with people feeling like they are losing control. Long working hours, multiple jobs and the complexities of simply keeping on top of work and household chores may be contributing to this significant finding that more than two in three people feel they are losing control.”

The research by Siemens Home Appliances found 21 percent of the adults polled said they have been in trouble with their boss for bringing their domestic problems into work.

According to the survey, 44 percent said they would love to have a better routine when it comes to their housework and 22 percent said their children’s bedtime routine is completely haphazard.

Professor Murphy added: “Our experiments show that our levels of how in control we feel vary throughout the day. We are testing whether the introduction of controllable tasks via apps may enhance our sense of well-being. For example, mobile apps offer the ability for people to monitor and enhance our senses of control and can measure perceptions of overall mood and control directly.”

Smart technology allows people to take control over their home chores and daily activities with Siemens leading the way in showing how using smart appliances controlled by apps such as Home Connect on mobile devices can offer a way to control a huge part of our lives from our phone.

Home Connect allows you to control home appliances from the washing machine to the oven straight from your smartphone and through voice control. Being able to turn the washing on, preheat the oven and check the contents of your fridge remotely can help people stay in control of their day-to-day jobs and free them up to spend more quality time with friends and families.

Professor Murphy continued: “Getting people to use smart technology is the first step. Research has shown that people who have used smart home technology were significantly more likely to describe it as ‘reliable and easy to use’ than people who had said they might potentially use it in future.

“In this modern age, letting smart technology help us take control in life is the way forward. There’s so much to do, experience and achieve. Modern life may be more spontaneous, but something needs to help us free up that time to be spontaneous.”


  1. Housework                                                                                                                                                       36 percent
  2. Household admin                                                                                                                                            31 percent
  3. Finances                                                                                                                                                            30 percent
  4. Sorting and tidying                                                                                                                                          28 percent
  5. Food shopping/groceries                                                                                                                               22 percent
  6. Washing and drying laundry                                                                                                                         21 percent
  7. Cooking                                                                                                                                                             19 percent
  8. Keeping in contact with friends and family (by phone, email, text etc)                                               19 percent
  9. Me time/ relaxing                                                                                                                                           18 percent
  10. Visiting family members                                                                                                                                 17 percent
  11. Being a good husband or wife / partner                                                                                                     16 percent
  12. Ironing                                                                                                                                                               16 percent
  13. My career                                                                                                                                                         16 percent
  14. Keeping on top of emails                                                                                                                               15 percent
  15. Being a good parent                                                                                                                                       15 percent
  16. Gardening                                                                                                                                                         15 percent
  17. Socialising with friends and family                                                                                                                15 percent
  18. Looking after a pet                                                                                                                                           10 percent
  19. Car maintenance                                                                                                                                              9 percent
  20. Being on top of your children’s homework/school schedule                                                                  9 percent
  21. Hobbies                                                                                                                                                              9 percent
  22. Taking your children to and from activities/school/friends                                                                      9 percent
  23. Social media                                                                                                                                                      7 percent
  24. Keeping my boss happy                                                                                                                                  7 percent
  25. Juggling school runs with work                                                                                                                     6 percent