Don’t Have Any Time to Make Improvements to Your Home? Actually, You Might
Even if you’re strapped for time, you can still make quick and simple DIY improvements to several rooms and spaces in and around your home. With the right planning, tools, and a little bit of creativity, you can make your home a more lovable place to be.
By consistently setting small goals and challenging yourself to complete them, you can start making incremental changes to the interior of your house today for a more cozy tomorrow. There are so many rewards doing home improvement projects on your own, so it pays to get started with these simple tips.
Get Inspiration From the Real World
No, we’re not talking about the 90s reality TV show. There are many great DIY project ideas on the Internet, but you can also find inspiration from your everyday life. Next time you visit a place you like, pay attention to what makes it seem pleasant and take a few notes. This could be anywhere from your best friend’s kitchen table to the nursery down the street, or a particular room in the museum downtown.
To get more specific, what attracts you to the space could be the colors, patterns, decorations, art or a combination of everything – including sounds and smells. Try to get as specific as possible. This will help you identify areas of your own home that you can improve on, knowing exactly what elements are missing and what you’d like to see more of.
Develop Resourcefulness as a Craft
A healthy do-it-yourself mentality is all about thinking on your feet and finding creative solutions to problems all on your own. Need a banquet table for your neighborhood barbeque and have an old mahogany door and some wine barrels? Voila!
Look for ways to repurpose old things you may have locked up in storage and forgotten about. If you can’t find a use for something, it might be a good time to donate it, or to have a garage sale so you can make some space in your storage areas.
Because of the vast amount of products available for a quick purchase, it’s easy to forget DIY is even an option when it comes to decorating your home. But there are plenty of benefits to doing things yourself. You’ll learn new skills, saving money, and reducing waste in the process. So ask yourself – what materials do you have access to?
Check out the free section on websites like Craigslist. Be on the lookout for treasures and great deals, and don’t forget what’s right in front of you. Always ask yourself how something could have an alternative use; remember, your old trash could be the new you’s treasure.
Ready, Get Set, Do-it!
- Start Small and Keep it Simple – The fictitious American philosopher Forrest Gump once said, “Simple is as simple does.” Or, his mama said it, anyway. When you’re coming up with a design, try not to overthink it. Just taking a door off its hinges can drastically change the flow of a room. Give yourself small goals to complete. Play to your strengths and take on more projects you feel confident about, but don’t be afraid to try something new.
- Declutter Your Workspace and Limit Distractions – Having a clean area to work with is key to helping you imagine any space around the home in a different way. Clearing an area will give you a better idea of what it will look like, and prevent you from getting distracted by other things so you can focus on the big picture. If you have the space, consider making a dedicated area in a garage or basement for you to work in. Remember to silence your phone!
- Challenge Yourself to Beat the Clock – You’ll want to figure out a plan to be as efficient as possible, but be realistic about what you can get done. Set a timer and give yourself a goal to finish the task within the hour. Think like a surgeon and get all your tools together before you start. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish if you really set your mind to it and prepare a little in advance.
Home Wasn’t Built in a Day
If you really want to make your place look great, it will take some time, but an hour here and there can really add up. Don’t sweat it if you aren’t a master artisan, DIY is about self-improvement and when you finally stand back and look at what you’ve made, you’ll know why it was worth the effort.