There's no reason 2019 can't be your year of the clean
With the emergence of specialist social media influencers such as Mrs Hinch, it’s anticipated that there will be an increase in sales of cleaning products throughout 2019*.
So, how do you go about keeping your home looking its best? Well, these tips from Dr. Beckmann will set you on your way - get ready to embrace a sparkling interior!
A tidy mind
Research carried out by Dr. Beckmann has revealed nine out of 10 Brits think an untidy or dirty home will impact on their mood, while a quarter think an unkempt home will be detrimental to their productivity.
In fact, housework can be an emotive topic, as it causes a quarter of Brits to argue with their housemates on a weekly basis – if not more.
Commenting, psychologist Rachel Morris says: "The state of our environments and the way we keep and care for them is reflective of our state of mind – and vice versa."
Cleaning on the body
Housework doesn't need to be a chore - it can actually be a great workout for you! For instance, mopping can burn up to 168 calories each hour, while deep cleaning your bathroom can get through as many as 145 calories an hour. Even ironing can account for 90 calories per hour. A tidy house and a workout in the process? Sign us up!
So, what should your 2019 cleaning calendar look like? We have just the guide for you...
The start of 2019 is the ideal time to embrace a new you when it comes to your home - and this means it's time to declutter! It gives you a new focus and a reason to keep track on what needs to be done.
Make February the month to visit the neglected parts of your home. It means you have a new focus, allowing you to give lampshades, blinds, curtains, shelves, frames, bannisters and skirting boards some attention. Items like blinds and curtains are typically overlooked yet are important to keep on top of. These are the areas where dust mites form, with research revealing they can pose health risks, as bacteria and mould attaches to dust.
Make March the month where you rearrange your furniture - in short, update your interiors for the new season. While you’re at it, make sure you home in on the spaces under your bed, sofa, wardrobe and cabinets. Be sure you get behind, under and around everything, to ensure everything is in good shape.
With the brighter mornings and lighter evenings beginning to kick in, April is a great time to deal with the windows, especially as sunlight can show up even the tiniest of smudges. You can save both time and money by making sure you don't leave any glass unwiped. Feeling in need of an incentive to do it? Well, the longer you leave it, the harder it becomes to clean.
This month is the time to move anything you have on top of your cupboards, wardrobes or cabinets. This not only removes something that can be unsightly, but you'd also be surprised by the amount of dust that can quickly gather.
It doesn't matter if it's a bit of paint or maintenance repair - June is the ideal month for focusing on your home’s exterior. Cleaning can actually burn as much as 250 calories each hour, making it a good motivation to get scrubbing, particularly if you have a holiday planned.
Now is the time to make the most of those long nights and the warmer weather and take the time to get your garden firmly in order. Tidying the garage, clearing the gutters and drains, or adding flowers will all make a big difference, particularly when you're hosting barbeques and outdoor socials.
This will normally be the month where we want to take it easy. Keep it simple for yourself - organise your bedroom and sort through any clothes you no longer wear, and make sure any family members do the same too.
This time of the year is when you should turn your attention to your carpets, particularly if you have pets. Their hair and dirt will get trodden into the carpet fibres.
Be sure to clear your attic, basement or go to 'dumping' room, if you have one. If you like to go to town as Halloween and Christmas approaches, why not start the process in early October? It will help you feel organised and in control, so you remain aware of what decorations you have, and the space there will be for new purchases.
Don't forget to give your fridge and freezer a deep clean - this, along with the washing machine, dishwasher and oven will all need a clean.
When you're giving things the final clean of the year, you should focus on ensuring your home is prepped for Christmas and New Year. This can include a deep clean of the bathroom and kitchen, and, if you have a porch for coats and shoes, creates an organised and fresh smell.