Since the pandemic hit, many of us have spent most of our time indoors, with lots of time on our hands to notice all the flaws in our homes and watch TV all day.
Looking for something productive to binge-watch that will help you to tackle home improvement projects? Here are some shows on Netflix that may inspire you to redecorate, tidy up and reimagine your space at home.
Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo sparked a major global revolution toward minimalism when it first came out back in January 2019, and became a hit again during the early lockdown days.
Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo is a brand new series where the organizational guru brings her tidying tactics to people struggling to balance work and home life. The three-episode show follows Marie as she shares her KonMari method with owners and employees of a garden center, a cafe owner and a church, to bring a sense of calm and spark joy in their lives.
Tiny House Nation
For those who dream of packing up everything they own and living a nomadic lifestyle, Tiny House Nation is definitely a must-watch. Traveling around the U.S., host John Weisbarth and expert Zack Griffin help families prepare for tiny house living by creating hyper-customized mini homes.
The series will give those feeling cooped up in condos and cramped quarters a lot of ideas for creative storage solutions, multipurpose furniture, and loft-style bedrooms.
Get Organized with The Home Edit
Don’t know how to deal with excessive clutter at home? Watch as expert home organizers Clean and Joanna help celebrities and everyday clients edit, categorize and contain their clutter to create stunning spaces.
Fair warning: you may find yourself wanting to buy a bunch of acrylic containers to reorganize your pantry at home by the end of the show’s 8 episodes. The series will also have viewers embracing the color-coded rainbow organizing system for books and shelves.
The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals
For those who miss traveling, The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals offers perfect lockdown escapism.
The reality series features three amazing properties in every episode, ranging from unique stays, a budget-friendly pick and a luxury experience. Tag along with the show’s three hosts as they visit stunning vacation rentals around the globe and share their expert tips and tricks.
A second season of the show is set to air this September.
Stay Here is a light-hearted series for those who’ve always wanted to open up their own bed and breakfast and those who miss staycationing in unique Airbnbs.
Designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer show property owners how to dramatically transform old properties, including a houseboat and a former firehouse, into gorgeous getaways.
Even if you’re not planning on opening up a business, Stay Here dishes out fun ideas on how to style nooks and corners in homes for that “social media moment,” which could very well be your next pandemic project.
One of Netflix’s newest home design offerings, Motel Makeover is a six-episode series that follows two budding hospitality entrepreneurs as they try to transform an old roadside motel in a small Canadian beach town into a trendy and luxurious girl’s getaway, which apparently means pink walls, faux plants, and neon lights.
The two besties-turned-business partners have zero hospitality, design or renovation experience, and take on the massive project shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic hits.
As expected, the project faces multiple setbacks, and the pair are left scrambling to make funds back while working against a short timeline. It’s kind of like Cooking with Paris, but with home design. It must be said that the real star of the show is Rick the deadpan contractor.
Interior Design Masters
If you’re a fan of weekly challenges like Project Runway, you may enjoy this British reality series that pits interior design buffs against each other.
Each week, the 10 contestants compete to have the best makeover, as determined by the judges.
What keeps the BBC show light and feel-good is how pleasant the contestants are to each other and the variety of spaces they have to work with, from restaurants, to dorm rooms, to family homes.
Dream Home Makeover
In the mood to live vicariously with expensive renovations and thousand-dollar budgets?
Studio McGee makes dreams come true for real families looking for the perfect home tailored to their own unique style. The couple transforms everything from old-school kitchens, warm outdoorsy cabins and even an indoor basketball court, with their signature whitewashed luxe-yet-minimalist aesthetic style that makes everything look like they belong in a catalogue rather than real life.
Toward the end of the season, some of the home projects they’re working on are impacted by the pandemic, adding a dose of realism to the otherwise purely aspirational series.