What you can do on National No Housework Day

Apparently, Thursday April 7th is National No Housework Day.

To be honest, it’s the first year we’ve heard about it too but, like National Drink Wine Day and National Chocolate Day (aka Easter), we’re happy to go along with it.

So this article is packed with suggestions about what to do on your housework-free day, your clean break, your laundry leave, your vac vacation...


Stuff to do inside

Read a book: If you’re stuck for ideas, try the highly-regarded Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin or the Man Booker prize-shortlisted A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

Slump in front of a box set: If you still haven’t got into Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, now’s the time to start. Or get nostalgic with Pride and Prejudice or Fawlty Towers.

Listen to some music: When was the last time you settled down to listen to a good album?

Cook: If you see cooking as a pleasure, then try one of the following: coq au vin, veg stew ratatouille or French apple tart.

Start a hobby: A musical instrument, a foreign language, pottery, sewing, astrology – there may be a local adult education class to help you along.

Ask the girls/boys round: For an evening of chat /poker/games. Variations of the party game Spyfall – some of which you can print off from websites – are popular.

Stuff to do locally:

Go to the cinema: It’s been a while, right?

Have lunch out: An evening meal is a serious business, but lunch out – café, pub or restaurant – is a lot more casual and, of course, cheaper.

Shop for something: Whether it’s new shoes, football boots or a light shade. Or you could even get a few birthday / Christmas presents in early.

Have a picnic: Wide open space, food, a blanket – what’s not to like?

Play sport: Get the squash racket / golf clubs out, or visit the local swimming pool or gym.

Watch sport: A couple of pints and a cricket match? Or visit the local football / hockey team you haven’t seen in ages.

Visit your parents or grandparents: Because they love to see you, and you never go enough.

Support your local… Charity shop, museum, library, jumble sale, coffee morning. The local paper’s a great place to look for ideas.