DIY, if not properly thought of, can seem like a real chore. It’s not hard to feel that way. When you have a job that seems insurmountable, or you’re not quite sure how to approach it, or you’re struggling to creatively plan the task well, it’s not hard to put this off for a while. It’s why you can get to the point where you’ve been meaning to put up shelves for two years, placing your books on a spare chair and get used to that.
However, tackling DIY need not feel like something out of your reach. Getting that work done is equal parts willpower, practical application, safety and personal protection, and being well equipped. We will go over those points in the following post, and hope this grants you the tools to move forward and finally get that DIY work done.
Remember, DIY is not a chore. It can be highly enjoyable and grant you a sense of true dominion over your space. With that in mind, you may wish to apply the following guidance:
Make A Plan
Making a plan of attack is your first and most important priority. What is it you hope to do with your DIY approach? Do you have the right materials in order to fulfill this need? If not, where can you source them? Do you have any questions you wish to ask the hardware store owner or representative? Might it be that through communities such as r/DIY you can find your answer? This way, you can feel more confident in taking a step forward.
Organize Your Tools
Organizing your tools is an essential process you need to follow, because this task will ultimately allow you to focus on performing your tasks with safety at all times. A workman is only as good as his tools, and that even goes for DIY efforts. You may have old tools you think you can use, but are the handles still as secure? Do you have the associated safety gear such as safety glasses or thick rubber gloves depending on the task you hope to complete?
Furthermore, are you using the best modern tools for the job? For instance, a tool such as rotary hammer requires careful maintenance and a tool of excellent reliability. Drill and Driver have written an excellent comparison of the most prominent products, and you can visit this website to learn more.
Find Help Where Necessary
There’s no shame in needing help for a particular task. DIY isn’t always that easy, particularly if you’re focusing on intensive and wide-ranging or complex jobs. It might be that you wish to consult a professional for a guide on how to better knock down walls in your home, or better yet, wish to hire them outright. A consultant or home inspector can help you fully grasp just which walls are supporting walls, and how to avoid structural damage. Of course, DIY can often be thought of as deep renovation in this manner too, and so understanding where the cutoff point is can be important.
Remember, you’re not a weak homeowner because you’re not fully versed in a wide range of DIY applications. No one is when they get started out. Furthermore, sometimes tasks like messing with the plumbing pipeline or electrical circuit should be completely out of your reach no matter how skilled you are, and you must always hire professionals to that end. This being said, learning from each task you attend to will help you grow, expand your toolbox, and help you feel more confident in your practical task planning.
Take It Step By Step
Take your tasks step by step. You don’t have to complete an entire room in one day. Let’s say you wish to put up some shelves. Where do you start? Well first by measuring the length of shelving you wish to have. Then, researching how best to secure them to the wall, via well-placed brackets, is essential. Then you have to source those brackets and the wood (or other material) you hope to use as shelves. Then, finding the tools necessary (such as a cordless drill and a level) is the next step. 80% of the work should be done in preparation when you measure, gather your tools, and ensure you know how to move forward. Then, you can, bit by bit, put up the shelf.
Breaking things down in this way help you see each task as a series of little achievements, as opposed to one overarching and oppressive chore. You’re much more likely to get things done this way, and that’s always for the best.
With this advice, we hope you can more easily get that DIY work done as appropriate.