Ever tried DIY? Perhaps you’ve always relied on the handy skills of a relative or friend when a shelf falls down or other repairs need to be carried out in your home, but really, there is nothing more satisfying than learning new skills to become even more independent and self-efficient. With people looking to make savings here and there, as well as cut the costs on food and clothing, perhaps upcycling and DIY is the way to go for future home improvements, not only for 2022 but beyond.
Becoming Even More Independent
Whilst certain jobs are exclusively suitable for an expert, other jobs can be easily handled by a DIY novice. For example, tasks like painting your own garden fences, bedrooms, kitchen, and living rooms can be done on a budget. The color scheme of a room can dictate so much about its atmosphere, which is why it’s worth doing your research and maybe creating a mood board before you make any executive decisions. Also, swatch some samples before you commit to painting an entire wall as colors can look completely different when actually applied!
A fresh lick of paint can also reinvigorate antiquated items gathering dust in the garage or loft, so be sure to take some inspiration from your local furniture stores and find ways to add a fresh, new twist to old, beloved items that may be a little worse for wear. When you kick back at the end of the day, with the toils of your troubles drying on the walls, you can admire the fruits of your labor.
For some people, the impulse is to chuck anything that is starting to show signs of breaking down. Whilst getting rid of old bits and bobs may be advantageous to those who want to haul in some new buys, it’s often the case that people get rid of things unnecessarily because they don’t possess the skills to maintain them/resurrect them.
An argument can be made for maintaining items with simple fixes, to stop them deteriorating too dramatically, or full-on falling apart. One handy resource that everyone should have at home is a trusty, multi-purpose adhesive. Wear and tear affect most items of furniture, yet small and sturdy alternatives like adhesives can help to keep things together without compromising the quality of the item further. Whether it’s gluing your coat peg back onto the rack or strengthening the fixtures on a shelf, this nifty little tool is essential for any DIY box.
Stay on track with garden maintenance by cutting the grass yourself. Not only does it save you money on a landscape gardener, but it also gives one hell of a workout by pushing your lawnmower around the garden. Also, who doesn’t love the smell of fresh-cut grass on a summer’s day?
Creating a birdbath and laying a bird feeder wreath can also be a great way of tending to nature and encouraging wildlife to roam around your garden. Instead of cutting grass, you could even save costs by laying artificial grass or AstroTurf to save time and money on garden maintenance. You can also make good use of old lampshades and plant pots to make flower beds and use tea lights to act as garden lights.
Budgeting, saving, and having emergency funds in place are essential for all of us to survive and live our lives efficiently and freely without financial troubles. Making use of your spare time to learn a new craft around the house can potentially save you a fortune in the long run and ultimately helps you to become more independent when dealing with difficult tasks and less reliant on others to fix your problems. We are moving into an era where people are being forced to become even more independent and self-efficient, so now is a great time to get started.