I know I’ve talked about not watching too much TV, but the truth is I love TV. Probably too much, which is why a few years ago I thought I didn’t have enough time to get things done, so we cancelled the cable and didn’t turn it back on. I still think it’s fun to watch certain shows when I get the chance.
My favorite show was The Life Laundry. I wish it were still on! It came on Saturday mornings on PBS after Norm on This Old House and Rick Steves’ Europe. It was like Clean Sweep, but very British.
They took everything in the house outside so they could see how much stuff they had in a new perspective. Over the weekend they would go through each thing and decide whether to keep, toss, or sell it. Later while the owner sold the rest at a car boot sale, a team would brighten up the home with a new coat of paint and make everything look nice.
It was so inspiring. At the end of the show, everyone was always happy to see their messy home cleaned up and looking spacious. All in twenty-five minutes.
Antiques Roadshow came on right afterwards, which was confusing because the Life Laundry always made you want to clean out your stuff, but Antiques Roadshow makes you want to keep everything. Just in case the old blanket on the back of your rocking chair is worth a million, because you never know.
(On a related note, Zen Habits had an article about creating a life laundry day, designating time each week to catch up on all the little things like paperwork or repairs so things get taken care of. Sounds good to me.)