Who will be the inspiration behind your streamlined closet or perfect pantry?

By Lisa Milbrand
September 29, 2020
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During the long, long (long) quarantine, I’ve kept myself occupied with two big projects—decluttering to help my house feel more serene, and binge-watching all the best shows on Netflix I never had time for when I wasn’t stuck at home.

Those two habits have combined in my new favorite binge-fest: organizing shows. Organizing and decluttering shows help motivate me to manage the mess, so they’re great for keeping on in the background as I plow through my piles of papers and try (one more time!) to reorganize my drawers Marie Kondo–style.

But organizing shows aren’t one-size-fits-all. Depending on where you’re hoping to corral the chaos—and your own personal organizing style—you might click a little more with a particular style. If you’re still searching for your streaming organizing guru, we have four great options here.

1

Big concept: Make your closet (and home) look like a boutique you’d love to shop by displaying everything beautifully. Their signature look is a rainbow closet reorder, which sorts the racks by organizing from red to purple.

Best for: People whose closets are a fashion emergency (the team spends a lot of time in closets) and anyone who wants to take a peek in celebrity homes (Reese Witherspoon’s mammoth movie memorabilia closet? Yes, please!)

Where to watch: Netflix.

One hot tip: Don’t buy your organizing boxes and bins until you’ve pared down your possessions. (Otherwise, you’ll just have to return them!)

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2

Big concept: Keep only the things that spark joy for you.

Best for: People who need an overhaul in many different parts of their home. (Watching her clear a kitchen made me itch to tackle my overcrowded pantry.) And people who don’t mind the rather woo-woo concept of holding each object in your hand and deciding if it sparks joy.

Where to watch: Netflix.

Hot tip: That KonMari folding method really makes your drawers and linen closets look seamless.

3

Big concept: There’s clutter, and then there’s hoarding, where you end up with 50 cats, floor-to-ceiling towers of junk, and a fridge filled with expired yogurt. This show helps the people who have moved beyond accumulating plain old clutter into something more disturbing.

Best for: People who need a little perspective on their mess. (Yes, I do have several stacks of paper on my dining room table, but at least I don’t have 10 years’ worth of newspapers stacked in my bathroom.)

Where to watch: Netflix.

Hot tip: If you can’t bear to throw anything away, you need to call in the pros.

4

Big concept: A moonlighting pro organizer helps make the most of apartment living.

Best for: People short on attention spans, space, and cash—her cheap and cheerful ideas typically run less than a few hundred bucks and are finished in 10 minutes or less.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video.

Hot tip: Bath caddies hung from a tension rod can help you corral a lot of beauty products in the shower.