Since I’ve been sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, like many I’ve turned to Netflix for some much needed distraction. And while I have been hooked on the latest season of Ozark and Tiger King, I could use some inspiration to help me with my latest DIY home improvement projects. To me, no project is too small or too big. My usual go-to for DIY inspo comes in the form of a serious Instagram and Pinterest addiction. But recently, a friend suggested I watch Netflix for some home improvement ideas. (I’d forgotten that the favorite streaming service has a ton of choices that combine my passion for reality television with a home-improvement twist.)
Check out these binge-worthy Netflix DIY home improvement shows:
1. Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo's method - called KonMari - became popular around the world in the mid-2010s. Translations of Kondo's Japanese books, like The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, brought her tactics to the masses, and now you can watch this organizational maven in action on the Netflix original documentary series. Watch the endearing Kondo visit American families' cluttered homes, helping them get organized in a way that "sparks joy."
2. The Great Interior Design Challenge
Similar to its kitchen-focused counterpart The Great British Baking Show, this BBC program showcases the efforts of beginners rather than pros. Four interior-design amateurs each redecorate one room in a large home, and must incorporate one surprise unconventional element into the design as part of the competition.
3. Amazing Interiors
If you're easily bored by simple ideas about decorating, you'll find kindred spirits on Amazing Interiors, another Netflix-exclusive. The folks in this series have turned various rooms of their homes into everything from skateboard parks and auto shops to horror-film museums and mural exhibitions. (Hmmmm....more super creative inspo!)
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4. Tiny House Nation
You don't need to live in a "tiny house" to appreciate this show, which first aired on A&E and has its first season streaming on Netflix. Tiny House Nation is about life in extraordinarily compact homes, but it also shares valuable lessons about making the most out of any small space and the joy of living a more minimalistic life.
5. Stay Here
Maybe you've considered renting rooms in your home on Airbnb to bring in some extra income, or as a stepping stone to a bigger business endeavor. Whether either of these things spark your interest, you can still gain some solid inspiration for eye-catching designs from this Netflix exclusive. Plus it’s hosted by my fave designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate pro Peter Lorimer.
6. The World's Most Extraordinary Homes
The properties on Stay Here are interesting, but they're IMO snooze-worthy compared to most houses The World's Most Extraordinary Homes. Renowned architect Peter Taylor and actress Caroline Quentin spend their time on the series finding unique homes all over the world. My favorite are the homes with underground "luxury bunkers," homes with floating pools, and those which have abstractly Modernist features.
While doing home improvement projects around the house is a serious hobby, I realize that the appliances and home systems that run my house each day shouldn’t be neglected. That’s why being prepared for home repairs is always a smart strategy. Look to plans from HomeServe to help with the costs of covered home repairs.