I love home makeover and organization shows.

It’s not a surprise to anyone who knows me. My mom has been a realtor my entire life, so that’s probably where my love of homes stems from. On top of that, I spend a lot of time at home. I work remotely, plus I have three kids.

Spending so much time at home can really make you appreciate your space. You want to enjoy it. You want to make it your own.

Where’s the best place to get inspired with new organizational hacks and ideas? I’m willing to bet you see where I’m going.

Unfortunately, sometimes these shows can make renovations, upgrades, and yes, even just organizing, seem out-of-reach and overwhelming. At least to us normal people who don’t clean and organize for a living.

Don’t get me wrong — home organization shows are a great place to find inspiration and motivation. There are just a few things you need to keep in mind while you’re binging that first season of Get Organized With the Home Edit that just dropped, or rewatching Tidying Up With Marie Kondo for the fifth time.

You Don’t Need a Team or Endless Funds

These shows have stuff that people like you and I don’t: seemingly-endless resources. They have entire teams of people that swoop in to do all the heavy lifting, the kids get shipped off to grandma’s, and the homeowners go live in a hotel for a week.

In reality, you don’t need to pay a team of professionals, or hire several week’s worth of round-the-clock childcare. All you need to do is get started!

Sure, it’ll go faster and be more fun with an unlimited budget and tons of help. But that isn’t an option for most people. Instead, just carve out a few minutes here and a few more there — you’ll be done before you know it.

You Don’t Need Fancy Color-Coordinated Containers

Matching organizer bins are a treat for the eyes, but remember that this is all for TV. It’s got to look good.

In real life, you don’t actually need color-coordinated storage containers with a fancy labeling system to achieve a functional and organized space. Because again, we’re not working with endless funds, and all those visually stimulating containers bring a hefty price tag to your organizing project.

And if we’re talking about pantries full of special containers here, you’re looking at a ton of time and energy just to set up the system and label everything. That doesn’t even account for having to refill the containers from now until, well, forever. Seems like a lot of extra work.

So, unless cute containers and labels are your thing, or you can hire someone else to do it, I’d probably skip it.

It’s Not One and Done

When you’re watching organization shows, the team leaves the now-fully organized home, the homeowners are ecstatic about their beautiful new space, and the episode ends. But what happens after that?

After you get the clutter under control, it’s not over. You have to keep up with daily and weekly maintenance to keep your space organized. That means breaking old messy habits and creating new ones. It’s not fun or glamorous, and that’s why they don’t show it on TV!

However, if you can commit to it, you’ll get to enjoy your organized space for more than just a few days. Yeah, you’ll have to pick up your clothes every day, deal with mail and other papers as soon as they come through the door, and run the dishwasher (literally all. the. time.). It won’t be nearly as glamorous as on the shows.

But hey, your home will be organized!