After the Netflix show "Cleaning With Marie Kondo" everyone rushed to fold their T-shirts into "bricks" and rearrange their clothes so that they could always see what was lying where. But many criticized the program, finding it boring and useless, wondering how it could cause such a wave of hype. If you are one of the latter, we offer four more cleaning shows for viewing, among which there is surely one that will captivate you.
Captured by unnecessary things
Hoarding: Buried Alive
TLC, 5 seasons
Unlike the Kondo show, whose characters had more or less the same amount of unnecessary things, here the dwellings of people prone to pathological hoarding fall into the spotlight - it is also called chording or syllogomania. Horder is unable to get rid of unused things on his own, which sooner or later leads to a catastrophic clutter of space. The literal translation of the program reflects its essence much more accurately - the chorders do end up “buried alive” under the trash.
In each episode "Captured by unnecessary things", as a rule, two different houses are shown. Often the heroes do not live alone, so their hoarding becomes a real test not only for the hero himself, but also for family members. A psychotherapist and professional space organizer (just like Marie Kondo) help the chorders deal with the problem - and actually dismantle the house, which by the end of each episode leads to tangible results.
Master the mess
DirecTV Season 1
If in "Cleaning with Marie Kondo" you are most interested in the tips for organizing the space and the moments when Marie brings a bunch of boxes, then "Master the Mess" is definitely for you. The relatively new show is due to Reese Witherspoon and her production company Hello Sunshine. The hosts are Clia Scherrer and Joanna Teplin, two professional space organizers. Everything from Refinery29 and The Huffington Post to the notorious Goop has managed to write about their company The Home Edit, and American celebrities regularly resort to their services.
Now Scherrer and Teplin show their skills on screen, explaining to clients how they can improve their lives by sorting things out. In one of the episodes, they help Shay Mitchell, who played the role of Peach Salinger in the recent acclaimed TV series You. It is the actress who best articulates the main effect of this show: since Clea and Joanna do not disassemble the whole house, but only a limited space, it is unclear how to enter the other rooms later - the result of their work is so impressive.
HGTV, 2 seasons
"Consumed" is called the light version of "In captivity of unnecessary things": unlike the latter, childhood trauma and mental difficulties are not hidden behind the mountains of garbage, and workers of child protection services do not knock on these houses. Moreover, some families were even denied participation in the show, as they considered their problems too serious.
Each episode tells about one house, overflowing with unnecessary things, and its inhabitants, which are literally displaced by trash. Then the house is emptied: the movers take out everything, except for the necessary items, and take it to the warehouse. Thirty days later, the families visit the storage room and decide what they really need. At this time, professionals help to remodel the home so that it is convenient to store the rest. Three months later, professional organizer and host of the show, Jill Pollack (among her clients, for example, actress Felicity Huffman) visits families and checks how they lived at that time and what their space looks like now.
TLC, 2 seasons
A classic in cleaning television, "Clean Sweep" ran from 2003 to 2005 and was wildly popular. As part of the show, a whole team of the presenter, the organizer of the space (yes, they already existed in 2003), the designer and the carpenter visited the participants, who helped the owners of the house to clear a couple of rooms of clutter - in a couple of days. At the beginning of the episode, a team of loaders takes things out into the street, and then, for half an hour, the host helps the owners divide everything into three categories: “leave”, “sell” and “throw away”. Then the space organizer connects, helping to do the same, but more thoroughly.
At this time, a designer and a carpenter are already working hard in the house, repainting the walls and building comfortable cabinets and storage boxes. The next day, a garage sale is arranged from the previously set aside things, and everything that cannot be sold is divided into a separate category. Husband and wife compete who will sell more, and the loser then gets rid of the item from the “leave” category to the opponent's choice.
PHOTOS: TLC, DirecTV, HGTV