It’s often been said that there is nothing more satisfying than creating something with your own two hands, and this still holds true. You can craft many expensive and aesthetically pleasing items at home with limited supplies and saving a lot of money and trips to the store. Plus, then you can brag to anyone who comes over that you made that with your bare hands.
DIY isn’t just about making pretty things, either. It’s also about fixing things around your home, being self-sufficient, and handling your own business.
Here are some steps you can take to become that self-reliant DIY master you’ve always wanted to be.
Learn About Plumbing
The easiest jump into DIY projects is to learn a bit about pluming. No more spending an entire Saturday waiting for the plumber to come to your home from a window of 8am to 3pm: you can do a lot of tasks yourself! And if all else fails and you somehow clog the drain worse than it was before, then you can begrudgingly call a plumber.
Start your research online by learning how to perform basic plumbing repair jobs, such as this guide for clearing a main line blockage, at https://amarcoplumbing.com/clear-main-line-blockage/.
Invest in Some Basic Tools
To really get your hands dirty in DIY work, you’ll need a reliable set of tools. It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy. Most hardware stores or superstores like Lowes or Target will sell pre-compiled sets of the main tools you need.
Also consider getting a power drill. You’d be amazed at how much easier house projects become when you don’t have to manually screw a nail into the wall! Putting up shelves, pictures and hooks becomes a breeze.
Start Off Small
Build your confidence up with smaller projects. Start by learning how to put up wall shelves, build an end table, or make a nightstand. Once you get the hang of working with the materials, you can start to experiment with painting and styles.
Before you tackle something huge (and permanent) like redoing your kitchen countertops, it’s best to make sure that you really know what you’re doing.
Collect Ideas Online
With social media, people are able to share their incredibly creativity everywhere online. This means that you can use others’ creativity to fuel your own style!
Start searching images on Instagram or Pinterest of things that you’d like to see in your home or aesthetics that you like. After you collect a lot of ideas, you can start narrowing them down to Your Style. Then, you can go from there and find projects to start!
YouTube is Your Best Friend
The best thing about DIY projects is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Chances are, whatever you want to make, someone has already made it and posted an in-depth video about it on YouTube explaining all the steps.
YouTube can teach you how to do just about anything, and a lot of videos are shared by trained professionals. You can see how their projects turned out, and decide if you want to go that route or do something different.
There is a certain power and confidence that comes with being self-sufficient and fixing things yourself. You’re no longer a helpless little lamb who’s dependent on others to get things done. Nah, you get your own things done on your own time!
We are lucky we live in a time with so many resources that allow us to teach ourselves how to be DIY. Use these resources to your advantage and fix some stuff around the house today!