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Following this 12 month cleaning calendar will help your MIND, BODY and SOUL!

  • Social media influencers such as Mrs Hinch have made sales of products sore
  • Experts have revealed the mental and physical benefit of keeping a tidy home
  • Research found nine out of ten Brits agree a dirty home affects their mood
While it's well known that cleaning helps to burn calories, experts have revealed that it also has mental and physical benefits which will help you mind, body and soul

By Chloe Morgan, Daily Mail

While many of us are eagerly adding events to the diary for the year ahead to beat the January blues, you might also want to consider adding a cleaning schedule while you're at it.

Thanks to social media cleaning influencers such as UK-based Mrs Hinch, sales of products are set to sore this year -  making 2019 the year of the clean.

And was well as the satisfaction of having a tidy home research has found that there are mental health benefits too. 

Cleaning and laundry expert Dr. Beckmann found that nine out of 10 Brits agree having an untidy or dirty home has a bearing on their mood, while a quarter say having an unkempt home is detrimental to their productivity.

'The state of our environments and the way we keep and care for them is reflective of our state of mind – and vice versa,' agreed psychologist Rachel Morris.

So if you want to make the most of those mental and practical benefits, scroll down for a 12 month cleaning calendar, which reveals the best month to tackle particular tasks.


January - Plan and declutter

New Year, New You? January is the perfect time to declutter. It will give you a new focus and it's good for your mind, happiness and well-being.

Preparing a checklist and rota for tasks is a good way of keeping track on what needs to be done.


February- Tackle neglected areas

Kick start February, by visiting neglected areas, such as lampshades, blinds, curtains, shelves, frames, bannisters and skirting boards.

Some areas such as blinds and curtains are particularly important as dust mites can form, and research has shown they can pose health risks as bacteria and mould attaches to dust.


March - Examine invisible areas

Use this as an opportunity to rearrange the furniture to update your home for the new season. Target invisible areas such as space under the bed, sofas, wardrobes and cabinets. Getting behind, under and around will ensure every area of your home is spick and span.


April - Clean windows

With brighter mornings and lighter evenings, April is a great time to tackle the windows, as sunlight will show up even the tiniest of smudges on the glass. Save money and time by not leaving the glass left unwiped, the longer it's left the harder it'll be to clean.


May - Aim high

Freshen up by taking time to move anything hiding on top of kitchen cupboards, wardrobes or bathroom cabinets. Not only does it look unsightly, but an enormous amount of dust gathers quickly.


June - Time for DIY

Whether it's a touch up of paint or a maintenance repair, June is the ideal month to focus on the exterior as well as the interior.

Cleaning can burn up to 250 calories an hour – so it is great motivation if you have a summer holiday planned and are looking to get fit and healthy.


July - Summer spruce

Take advantage of long summer nights and the warmer weather and spruce up your outdoor space, tidying the garage, clearing gutters and drains, or adding flowers to the garden can all make a big difference - especially if you're planning to host barbeques and outdoor socials.


August - And breathe

In the prime summer month, use this time to take it easy and relax.

Get the kids to do a bedroom blitz ahead of going back to school. Organise their bedrooms and sort through clothes which no longer fit, as well as sort through unwanted toys.


September - Floors

This is the best time for a deep clean of the carpet especially if you have pets, as hair and dirt will often be trodden deeper into the fibres of the carpet.


October - Storage

Take the time to clear out the attic, basement, or 'messy' room if you have one. If you're one to decorate the house for Halloween and Christmas, starting the process in early October will help you feel organised and in control of your home so you know what decorations you already have and how much space there is for new purchases.


November - Appliances

Remember that as well as cleaning kitchen surfaces, the fridge and freezer need a deep clean, along with the washing machine, dishwasher and oven.

Dr. Beckmann recommends you to use the Service-it range to ensure your appliances are well maintained and protected from limescale and bacteria build up.


December - Detox

The final clean of the year should be focused on getting your house prepped for Christmas and New Year.

Do a deep clean of the bathroom and kitchen. Also, if you have a porch area for coats and shoes, make sure this is organised and smelling fresh.
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Visit those neglected areas in February - these may include lampshades, blinds, curtains, shelves, frames, bannisters and skirting boards

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