Spring cleaning, KonMari, Hinching…

…call it what you like! It’s that time of year when we suddenly feel compelled to free up some space, make everything sparkle and start afresh. But what are we going to do with all the items that don’t spark joy? How are we going to Hinch our surfaces if they’re covered in clutter? We’ve had a look at these two recent cleaning and tidying methods to see if Jones & Cane can help you make your home more beautiful with a little spring cleaning…

KonMari – Marie Kondo and her Life-Changing Magic

Marie Kondo’s best selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying has been a best seller around the world, and many of us have been inspired by the Netflix show that followed. The KonMari method advises separating your home into categories and sorting these categories in order, holding items in your hand to see if they “spark joy”. (If they do, they get to stay, if they don’t they are thanked for their service and respectfully binned.) The book includes folding methods, ideas to cleanse the atmosphere of your home, and all sorts of tips for keeping things neat.

Obviously applying these things practically means you need to prepare – and that’s where we come in. You’ll be needing bin bags, for retired, unjoyful items. You’ll probably be needing boxes for when you get to books and kitchen items. And if you’re going to sustain the KonMari way of living, Ms Kondo suggests segmenting drawers and cupboards with smaller containers. Personally, I’ve found this particular tip very useful in those drawers that you rummage through daily – small cardboard boxes cut in half (like our 6″ x 6″ x 6″ box) make small things like makeup and stationery easier to find and organise. Unfortunately though, we can’t help you lug things to charity shops, or work out exactly why you kept all those strange, unidentifiable items in that drawer in the kitchen…

Mrs Hinch – an Insta-worthy home

So it’s tidy, but what about clean?! Mrs Hinch’s book, Hinch Yourself Happy, found its way into our office and has prompted a wave of enthusiasm for tumble dryer sheets and ZoFlora, and we’re obviously not the only ones – the Minky cleaning pads she raves about are sold out nearly everywhere. She offers lists, routines and product recommendations, and if you’ve never cleaned your dusty blinds with tumble dryer sheets, well, you should!

Mrs Hinch is particularly proud of her cleaning supplies cupboard, which she refers to as Narnia and keeps well stocked. We feel much the same here at Jones & Cane, and if you visit the first floor of our Rackheath showrooms you can leave with an armful of useful things! Dusters, blue cleaning towel rolls, bin bags, boxes – we’ve even got some end-of-line spray bottles for your diluted ZoFlora. Mrs¬† Hinch’s idea of a clean and tidy house bringing about a tidy mind is something we’ve definitely bought into here at J&C, so the office is looking at its best at the moment! (I can’t speak for next week or the one after – we’re only human…)

The popularity of these two celebrities is interesting to us in particular – after all what is packaging if not a tidy way to keep, move and organise things? It also shows that even the simplest of ideas (yep, if you clean and tidy your house it might make things easier to find and use) can make people sit up and take notice. And this applies to our business too. A bag or a box might not spark joy, but it can certainly help to neatly arrange the practicalities of our daily, working and business lives. So once you’ve visited us, you can concentrate on your lovely tidy mind!