As one of the first household chores our parents made us do as teenagers, you’d think we’d all be experts at ironing by now. A study published in January revealed that the hated household chore can actually boost your mental health. The University of Tubingen in Germany discovered that “emptying” our brains through “boring” tasks was the ultimate stress buster.
While most of us have a preferred shade we like to pick out of wardrobe to cheer us up from time to time – one woman has taken the meaning of ‘favourite colour’ to a whole other level. Sally Owen decided to extend her love of pink further than her hair and wardrobe, and into other areas of her life.
The current fascination with cleaning on Instagram has seen a surge in hashtags such as #cleaningobsessed and #cleaningtime, and made stars out of the likes of Sophie Hinchliffe aka Mrs Hinch (two million followers). “Consumers are becoming aware that chemically ‘clean’ or stripped-out spaces and surfaces are not necessarily great for us or the environment,” says Greene.
Can you remember how it felt the first few times you saw a Christmas tree put up in your living room? The most traditional in these parts is the Norway spruce, the first tree popularly used as a Christmas tree in the UK. The oldest living member of the species is a tree in Sweden called Old Tjikko, whose 9,560-year-old root system far predates Christmas, Christianity and the Coca-Cola truck.