Zeit bites: With a view to be­com­ing a tidy Kiwi...

Sunday Star-Times - - Entertainment -

New year, new you? There are shows to help you on your road to per­sonal per­fec­tion. How about scour­ing YouTube for some clean­ing tips? UK show will make you feel so much bet­ter about your own mess, and give tips for get­ting your home truly spot­less. Still lack­ing the va-va-voom to pick up a broom? is what you need – YouTube has episodes of this grim and grimy hoard­ers show too.

OK, so your home is ac­tu­ally clean, but is it tidy? Is it Marie Kondo tidy? Net­flix’s lat­est re­al­ity TV sen­sa­tion, Kondo is a tiny jewel of a woman whose mis­sion in life ap­pears to be throw­ing stuff out and fold­ing undies, if her show Tidy­ing Up is to be be­lieved. Over the course of eight episodes, Kondo raids the cup­boards, wardrobes and dressers of a bevy of hap­less house­hold­ers, and folds, re­moves and ti­dies their lives into neat lit­tle mo­ments of joy. (For a more hard­line clean-up rou­tine try

also on Net­flix.)

So, now you’ve or­gan­ised your undies by colour, and your T-shirts by band, year and state of de­cay ... what next? Why not give your home a spruce up? Net­flix’s fol­lows a fa­mil­iar DIY show for­mat with a tight time limit to com­pletely turn a room around, but with a lot of easy-to-im­i­tate tips and projects. For a home­grown an­gle, TVNZ On­De­mand has with Miriama Kamo, which will have you choos­ing fresh drapes and wall­pa­per in no time.

Feel­ing am­bi­tious? How about

(TVNZ On­De­mand), or a truly bonkers look at some (Net­flix).

Then if your gar­den could do with some joy, Net­flix has three se­ries by the UK’s ul­ti­mate green man, Monty Don, whose in­fec­tious love for all things grow­ing will give you all the in­spi­ra­tion you need to tackle your jun­gle. Try first, and if that’s still too daunt­ing, try

with an­other green-thumbed Brit, Alan Tit­marsh, for ba­sic tips and tricks.

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