A Blooming Fantastic February Newsletter to put a Little Spring in your Step
How are you? We hope you’re well, even though we were kicking the WiFi router earlier on when Facebook wouldn’t load.
Anyways, remember the time we failed our driving test because we were stress-watching Friends on Netflix instead of going over the road rules? Or when got in trouble at work for browsing the Ryanair website for budget trips to Lanzarote instead of filing that report? We blamed you for these, eh, mishaps and now we’re writing you this letter (old school, we know) to apologise. We shouldn’t have cursed you as a procrastination tool. We were wrong. Because actually, when it comes to finding the motivation to start spring cleaning, you’re the one who’s really got our backs.
For example, you’ve given us Sophie Hinchcliffe’s Instagram account, @mrshinchhome. Thanks to you, we’re some of the 1.5 million people obsessively watching the social media star scrub her spotless Essex home while jotting down her recommendations for the best disinfectant liquids and washing up powders. As we’ve watched Sophie ‘hinch’ (‘clean’ to unenlightened folk) on her Stories, we’ve grown quite fond of Minkeh the Minky anti-bacterial cleaning pad, Dave the Pledge fluffy duster, and Vera the Vileda 1-2 spray mop. In fact, we’re even considering naming our own cleaning supplies. Hamish the Hoover has a nice ring to it, right?
You’ve also deepened our very special relationship with the wonderful Marie Kondo. Sure, we devoured The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up when it was first released and instantly embraced the tidying guru’s genius KonMari Method (i.e. breaking our tidying into the five categories of clothing, books, documents, miscellaneous, and sentimental items). But how could we fully understand how to fold our jeans into neat, standing-up rectangles without the visual experience that is Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix? After eight episodes of watching everyone from down-sizers to empty-nesters declutter their lives, we’ve become experts on only keeping the things that truly spark joy.
We’re also #grateful for the 30-Day Minimalism Game, a challenge created by The Minimalists (aka Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus) who believe that by “clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life”. At the start of a new month, we love finding a friend who’s also keen on minimising their belongings and challenging them to get rid of one thing on the first day of the month, two things on the second, three things on the third and so on. We’d like to say we’re down to just the bare essentials by Day 23 but we’ve picked up countless ‘bits’ from Penneys when we only ran in for a pair of Harry Potter pyjamas, and there are enough receipts in our glove boxes to wallpaper a decent sized sitting room, so there’s still a ways to go.
Put simply: thanks a mill for providing the much-needed motivation to give our gaffs a good spring clean. We owe you one.
New Neat Freaks of Ireland