If the coronavirus has you stuck inside, now is the perfect time to tackle organization and other projects around your house or apartment.
“You really get to have the time and also see the big picture of how much you have in your house,” said Juliana Daurio, owner of Orlando Home Organizer. “My only word of warning is it can be overwhelming if they start doing too many projects at the same time.”
Daurio recommends going room by room and sticking to one project at a time.
“If you find items that don’t belong in that room, just put it aside, do not try to go and bring it to a different area because most people get off track,” she said.
And don’t worry about having matching containers; that can be sorted out later, Daurio noted.
“Right now we’re not able to buy anything,” she said. “They can improvise for now and once this is over, they can go and buy the supplies they need.”
For those needing some visual inspiration, here’s what you should watch.
“Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”
Tidying expert Marie Kondo helps American families declutter their homes in this Netflix series.
She evaluates each clients’ living space and shares her KonMari method, which involves going through the house in sections — clothing, books, paper, komono (kitchen, bathroom, garage and miscellaneous) and sentimental items. Once sorted, individuals must look at each item and only keep those that spark joy.
Watch it on Netflix.
“Master the Mess”
The professional organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin behind The Home Edit bring stylish organization into the homes of their clients, which includes celebrities like actress Shay Mitchell.
And it’s quick viewing, as each episode is a little over 12 minutes.
Watch it on YouTube.
Want to consume organization inspiration in even smaller doses? Check out “Bea Organized,” in which Refinery29’s Beatrice Copeland shares easy and affordable organization hacks in 3- to 9-minute segments.
Watch it on YouTube or Amazon Prime Video.
“Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things”
Through a plethora of interviews with minimalists, neuropsychologists, authors, economists and more, this documentary tries to demonstrate that less is more and that the American ideal that objects bring happiness is untrue.
This documentary may or may not sway you to pursue a minimalist lifestyle in which you only own what you need, but at the very least, it will make you think twice before making a purchase and help you part with unnecessary belongings.
Watch it on Netflix.
“Hoarding: Buried Alive” and “Hoarders”
If you’re in need of shock therapy to motivate you to organize, these shows are for you. These documentary series follow hoarders as they try to declutter and manage their illness.
Watch “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC. For “Hoarders,” there are a few episodes on A&E’s website or more episodes can be found on Hulu.