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Spring cleaning tips from Mrs Hinch and Marie Kondo

Closer logo Closer 14/03/2019 Bella Evennett-Watts
Marie Kondo wearing a white shirt © Getty Images & ITV

Keen to start spring cleaning but in need of tips? Check out our favourite expert hacks

With the likes of Mrs Hinch and Marie Kondo - who between them have over 4 million followers - becoming household names, cleaning and tidying are no longer chores we carry out cluelessly.

And with Brits' google searches for decluttering spiking over 54% since the end of 2018, it's clear we've become a nation of cleaning fanatics - all eager to reach for our feather duster (or rather, Minky cloth).

We've chosen our favourite (and easiest) tips and tricks from the queens of clean themselves that require little effort but have great results.

1. KonMari method

KonMari method © Credits: Getty images KonMari method

Marie Kondo's folding technique is so fabulous, it's even coined it's own name: the KonMari method. This is the process of folding clothes into a small square and stacking them upright, rather than face down. Marie's method means that you can fit more into your drawers and also see everything at once, so you'll never lose your favourite ASOS number again. Click 'more' to watch a tutorial from Marie herself. Marie's simple hack is so easy that even kids can get involved, it's a win-win!

2. Keep your kitchen bin odour-free

a person standing in a kitchen: Keep your kitchen bin odour-free © Credits: Getty images Keep your kitchen bin odour-free

Mrs Hinch makes cleaning SO easy - and shows us how to maintain a fresh home, too. Her simple method for masking nasty odours is genius. After cleaning her bin with disinfectant spray, Mrs Hinch covers a piece of kitchen roll in Zoflora, before folding it up and placing it at the bottom of her bin before inserting a new bin bag.

3. Use tech to declutter your home and mind

a bedroom with a bed and a window: Use tech to declutter your home and mind © Credits: Google Use tech to declutter your home and mind

Happy home = happy mind: Psychologist and spatial expert, Helen Sanderson says that a clean home equals a clean mind. She says, "keeping your home in order is not only beneficial to your physical space, but can also bring about a psychological change." And she suggests using technology to ease the chore of tidying – and even to turn it into a peaceful process, "Using helpful tech such as the Google Home hub can help to kick start the decluttering process – and it can help you maintain the hard work by setting regular reminders. You can also listen to meditation music to help you focus on your decluttering goals."

4. Recycle boxes

a close up of a box: Recycle boxes © Credits: Getty images Recycle boxes

Marie Kondo's clever tip for organising drawers both recycles old materials and saves you from spending your hard-earned cash on a new drawer divider. Marie advises to save old boxes use them to store small, loose items in drawers.

5. Organise your car

Organise your car © Credits: Instagram / mrshinchhome Organise your car

Your work isn't done if your car isn't as sparkling clean as Mrs Hinch's. We all have those parking receipts and old bottles shoved into the side pockets, which we inevitably forget to recycle. Mrs Hinch keeps a miniature recycling bin in her car, so there's no temptation to shove any old bits down the side pockets. And the clever cleaner doesn't stop there - rather than throwing her necessities into the car boot, she keeps an organiser with handy items such as dog towels, cleaning wipes and sprays.

When is the first day of spring?

The first day of spring is Wednesday 20th March 2019.

Who is Mrs Hinch? #HinchArmy

Sophie Hinchcliffe - better known as Mrs Hinch - is a self-proclaimed 'cleaning-mad' woman who has become an Instagram sensation over the course of several months.

Her impressive cleaning hacks and fun personality have gained her over 2 million followers - a.k.a her Hinch Army.

Watch: Seven places you're forgetting to clean [Real Simple]

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The Essex-based cleaner is 29-years-old and married to Jamie Hinchcliffe. Sophie and Jamie married on 17th August 2018 and the pair are expecting their first child - a boy.

But the happily married couple do already have one baby in the household - Sophie's beloved spaniel, Henry - who even has his own bedroom, which follows the same silver/grey theme as the rest of the rooms in the house.

And Mrs Hinch shows no sign of stopping - she even has a book deal with Penguin, which topped the best seller charts on pre-order alone.

Taking to Instagram she gushed, "Never did I think I would have a book published by Penguin, but to have reached a "best seller" leaves me a little speechless. I absolutely loved designing [the] cover, it was so fun working with such a fab team and to now see this all come to life has really touched me. I can’t wait for you all to receive your copy. I’m nervous, I’m excited but above all I couldn’t feel more grateful!"

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