Having a well-organized, neat and tidy home is a goal for most of us. However, getting started (and following through with that commitment) can be quite challenging. Fortunately, there are now many home organizing shows and social media channels that can nudge us in the right direction and provide the information and support that we need to reach our goal.
Here are 10 of the most inspiring home organizing/home improvement shows, channels and podcasts to check out in 2021, whether on TV, on streaming platforms or on social media:
1. Hot Mess House
Hot Mess House is truly the organizing show of the current era – social distancing included. Filmed last year during the midst of the pandemic, the HGTV show features organizing expert Cassandra Aarssen, who reached people overwhelmed by their untidy homes via video calls. From cluttered basements to playroom messes or recently moved homeowners not quite managing to unpack their belongings, the show goes through a variety of home organizing situations and offers advice and solutions you can apply to your own home. The show’s host, Cas Aarssen, is a well-known organizer and the author of “The Declutter Challenge: A Guided Journal for Getting your Home Organized in 30 Quick Steps.” If you want to find out what decluttering strategy works best for you, you should also try her quiz. You can stream the show on Fubo TV, Hulu or Amazon.
2. Get Organized with the Home Edit
The show is the perfect choice for people who like both organizing their homes and finding more about celebrities’ lifestyles. Two professional organizers, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin join forces for this Netflix show and help the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Khloe Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Neil Patrick Harris reorganize their homes. The two experts focus on the practicality but also on the aesthetics of organizing.
So, not only that you learn a lot of amazing tips and tricks for making your home organized and better-looking, but you also get a healthy dose of escapism by peeking into the gorgeous homes of the rich and famous. You can stream the show, which is also on track for a second season, on Netflix. You can also order their book if you’re interested in more in-depth advice.
3. Bea Organized
This Amazon Prime show focuses mainly on people living in small spaces. The show’s host, Beatrice Copeland, is offering simple, inexpensive tricks for adding more storage to every corner of your home. She tackles spaces (and situations) that are very relatable to everyone, and particularly to apartment dwellers. For example, she is helping two female roommates sharing the same bathroom streamline so they can both easily access all of their beauty and care supplies. Bea is also sharing a lot of dollar store hacks and closet organizing hacks, as well as easy ways to upgrade your home décor using greenery or lighting.
4. Worn Stories
Worn Stories is a very moving Netflix documentary series that’s not about decluttering per se, but it’s very meaningful in the context of things worth keeping vs. belongings you should ditch. The show revolves around various people talking about the sentimental attachment they have for certain pieces of clothing or accessories in their wardrobe.
The stories are sometimes hilarious, like the one about the two cousins chasing through NYC in the middle of the night, trying to recover the perfect coat that was mistakenly given to someone else at a restaurant’s coat check. Or very moving, like the one about the meaning of the ties one Italian grandma was making for her family.
The main lesson to draw from this show is that sometimes it’s absolutely okay to keep items that have a personal meaning to you. And, if space is an issue, you can find less conventional ways to hold on to your sentimental items – or you could get self storage.
5. Rachel Talbot YouTube Channel
Rachel Talbot’s YouTube channel has over 1.2 million subscribers and features a wide variety of videos focusing on family life, home-organizing, and healthy living in general. If you’re looking for small DIY projects that are fun to do, involve the entire family and will improve your home, this channel is a good place to start. You’ll also find plenty of ideas on activities to do with your children, DIY gift ideas for a variety of occasions, camping prep and so on.
6. A Slob Comes Clean
A Slob Comes Clean is a platform by Dana K. White that includes videos, podcasts, books, and articles. The most interesting aspect of Dana K. White’s approach is her completely non-judgmental attitude. Far from projecting the image of a perfect home goddess with everything under control, she gets that most people, herself included, have issues with maintaining a neat and tidy home – and she offers realistic strategies and hope to people who characterize themselves as hopelessly messy.
7. The Minimalists: Less Is Now
Minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are back on Netflix with a second documentary, titled “The Minimalists: Less Is Now.” The documentary builds on the idea that the current consumer culture is actually a trap, and real happiness and balance can be achieved by drastically reducing the amount of stuff you own.
The idea is definitely not a new one, but the documentary is worth watching, particularly now, as online purchases turned into something of an addiction for many of us during the pandemic. The concepts outlined in this show might help you with your impulse control when it comes to shopping or the need to conform to artificial, society-imposed standards in terms of buying and owning stuff.
8. Do It on a Dime YouTube Channel
Focusing on organization and frugal living DIY projects, Christine’s “Do it on a dime” YouTube channel already has almost 1.8 million subscribers. It’s a great resource for people looking to revamp their homes on the cheap – you’ll get plenty of advice on home organizing, cleaning routines and money saving tips. Christine also dabs into the psychological aspect of home organizing and cleaning – if, for example, you lack motivation or feel overwhelmed about the way your home looks and don’t know how to start improving things, her videos might point you in the right direction.
9. Dream Home Makeover
Hosted by designers Shea and Syd McGee, this show revolves around families wanting to revamp their homes and turn them into their “dream home.” In addition to working with different customers, the two designers are in the process of building their own dream home, which brings a new twist to the show. If you’re in the process of remodeling your home – or simply dreaming about it – this show will give you many interesting design ideas and solutions for optimizing interior space. You can stream it on Netflix.
10. Clear Your Clutter Inside and Out Podcast
The “Clear Your Clutter Inside and Out” podcast by Julie Coraccio deals with all sorts of clutter – the physical stuff we might have in our homes, and also emotional and mental clutter, and how the two categories of clutter influence and feed each other. The podcast is a great resource for people trying to clear up their spaces and their lives. You can check it out on YouTube and on podcast platforms.