British singer Dido ensures she completes all of her household chores before writing new songs because she gets distracted by mess.

The White Flag hitmaker reveals inspiration often strikes as she carries out jobs around her home, but she can't concentrate on new material if she hasn't carried out all of her tasks.

She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "I find it quite hard to write if I haven't tidied up. It's so annoying, I wish I could forget that I need to empty the dishwasher but I can't. Having said that, I have a lot of ideas when I'm cleaning, doing something domestic."