With the coronavirus lockdown in place, we’re unable to leave our homes apart from for essential tasks.
Despite this, many people are trying to make the best of the difficult situation by dressing up in their finest clothes to undertake the most mundane household chores.
Thousands of people have joined the Facebook group, “Put Your Bins Out in Your Ballgown”, which encourages people to take videos of them doing just that.
Hilarious videos have emerged online of people doing household chores in ballgowns, wedding dresses and tuxedos.
In hard times, everybody needs a little light relief and this Facebook group has been giving it to us in abundance.
Everything from mowing the lawn in a tuxedo to jogging on a treadmill in a wedding dress has been added to the group for our enjoyment.
The group was started by Angie Emrys-Jones, 43, from Cornwall, who was due to attend a black tie event that was cancelled due to COVID-19.
She’d already picked out her ballgown for the event - where she was up for an award – so decided to wear it anyway to do household chores.
Her friends loved the idea and spurred Emrys-Jones on to create a group for others to add their photos in.
It’s been just over a week and the group already has more than 10,000 members.
“On March 20 it was Friday night and we were supposed to be going to Birmingham to pick up an award for the charity I started,” Emrys-Jones said.
“We had been nominated and were very excited, but it was cancelled because of the pandemic.
“We were all dressed up with nowhere to go, and I decided to wear my ball gown for a meal with my family.
“I took some pictures and put them on Facebook, just of us having a laugh. A friend messaged me saying I should do something with them because they were funny.
“The next day I set up the Facebook page Put Your Bins Out In Your Ballgown.”
She quickly received requests to join from all over the world.
“Now, almost two weeks later, we have 10,000 members and there are another 10,000 on the waiting list for the group. It's gone bonkers, we can't keep up with the demand.
“It's all people who are in lockdown, the idea is not to save anything for a better day but to enjoy it now. It's about making the mundane more exciting.
“It's mostly mums, but there are a few dads. I want children to remember this as the time that mum went mad in her wedding dress.
“I want them to remember all the fun things rather than the people in hazmat suits, I want them to remember us making the most of it.”
Members of the group said it put a smile on their face during a difficult time.