With Boris Johnson bringing in new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus, many people are picking cleaning as a way to relax in these uncertain times.
As the days begin to get longer, some of us would be looking to spring clean our homes in usual circumstances.
With the ongoing coronavirus situation, though, social media users have claimed that having a tidy of their homes left them feeling “relaxed”.
“My kitchen has never been so tidy.” One Twitter user claimed.
— Jennifer Beattie (@nowMrsMFL) March 22, 2020
People have also been giving us advice on how best to clean our homes while we’re unable to leave them.
After all, a tidy house equals a tidy mind, or so we’re told.
Queen of cleaning, Mrs Hinch, has been posting regular cleaning updates on her Instagram Stories.
The influencer has been sharing the stress and anxiety benefits of cleaning for some time and it seems it’s a trend many of us are getting on board with during the pandemic.
When you’re at home all the time, it’s easy to get derailed and fall out of routine.
One Instagram user has suggested planning. the week ahead in a planner to keep “on track” during this time.
One of the internet’s favourite DIY projects is the spice rack. Instagram posts have been popping up frequently over the last couple of days offering how-to guides for people looking to inject a bit of organisation into their kitchens.
One of the more popular styles appears to be the black Dymo labels with white typewriter like writing.
Husband and wife team, A House We Built, shared their spice cabinet inspiration some time ago and now people have found themselves with more time on their hands, this is one of the most shared inspirational posts.
Others have enlisted the help of their children.
The government stopped all children from going to school during the coronavirus outbreak aside from the children of key workers.
One mum wrote: “During the pandemic my girls will be learning the important things as well as their everyday maths and English it’s important we teach them to cook clean and look after themselves and their family.
“My eldest really enjoyed dusting the skirting boards today.”
Others have put a time limit on how much cleaning they do per day in a bid to add some routine into their daily lives.
“In the spirit of not panicking: I’ve said (when well) I’m going to do 45-60 mins a day cleaning tasks... no more!” One Twitter user said.
The kitchen seem like quite a good area to get stuck into if you’re not sure where to start. Everyone has that kitchen cupboard that could do with a complete overhaul.
Ok. So, no cleaning fairy 🧚🏻♂️ In the spirit of not panicking: I’ve said (when well) I’m going to do 45-60 mins a day cleaning tasks... no more! 🤞🏻
Todays was kitchen, took me the time just to sort, tidy & wipe down. No rush though eh? #coronavirus #asd #dyspraxia #parentcarer pic.twitter.com/jERgbSFmEV
— Lad, Dad & I (@LadDadandI) March 23, 2020
— Matt Westcott (@WheezyRider44) March 22, 2020
With the nicer weather making an appearance, the tidying projects don’t have to be limited to the house.
It’s likely that many of our gardens are in need of a bit of love after a long - and wet - winter.
It’s hard to open a window at the moment without hearing the sound of a lawn mower. It’s a great way to get some fresh air while doing a spring clean.
A double win.
Perhaps the most popular cleaning suggestions are ones pertaining to the humble office desk.
With millions of people being unexpectedly asked to work from home, some have been sharing their top desk tidying tips and they’ve been gratefully received.
YouTuber, Lily Pebbles, advised people against using the sofa as their chosen place to work and instead suggested making some form of workspace.
Her desk set up is office goals, if you’re looking for some office tidying inspiration.
In fact, the hashtag #deskinspiration on Instagram is a real treat and the perfect way to spend some of that unexpected extra time.