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DIY projects are not only tons of fun, they are also beneficial to you and your family!
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DIY (Do It Yourself) has become very
popular in recent years, with project instructions widely available on the
internet along with a huge range of educational programs on television. The
expense of hiring a professional can be difficult to fit into a household
budget, and acquiring new skills while making budget-friendly decisions can be
very appealing! At first, you may have the sense of being out of your comfort
zone, but the joy of successfully completing a project on your own can be quite
a boost to your confidence.
Examples of DIY projects may include any
type of home improvement such as painting, remodeling(adding glass doors), tile and mosaic art, furniture building or fabric arts. Cooking and
gardening – no longer necessities for survival in our modern world – are
healthy, nurturing DIY family activities. If you are interested in technology,
how about building a website? The DIY possibilities are endless!
for your brain:
First, you'll use your imagination to
picture the end result of your new project. Visualize the ideal outcome... what
are the steps to help you get there? What skills will you learn, and which
resources will help you understand the process? Strong planning and
organizational skills will turn your project into a list of materials and goals
for shopping and building. Proficiency in math may be needed – you can brush up
on your 123s and boost your IQ as well! Learning new skills exercises your
brain, and acquiring additional knowledge will keep you moving forward into
bigger, more detailed DIY projects as your confidence grows. Putting everything
together you learned in DIY projects and reusing it is called “cumulative
learning” and it makes you smarter.
for your body:
While you are physically building a
project, you can also build your strength, energy and cardiovascular health.
The exercise and activity will improve your energy, and your goals for
finishing the project will help keep you engaged and energized as well.
Gardening is a wonderful example of a healthy DIY project. You will have the
opportunity to build garden beds and structures, obtain exercise and use your
brain for learning about planting requirements and growing cycles. You will
also be growing healthy food to fuel your body and brain!
for your social life:
DIY projects are a wonderful way to meet
new people with similar interests or skills to share. Your projects and
successes will be natural conversation starters, both online and in person. If
you're shy, the ability to speak about your projects can help you step out of
your social comfort zone. You will learn a great deal by sharing experiences
with others, and also to seek the knowledge of others. Many skilled DIYers are
generous with sharing their expertise! It is more than worth your time to
befriend like-minded people.
Benefits for your budget:
With a DIY project, your labor is free! The
cost of materials is often the only expense. At the same time, when you are new
to DIY projects you may make material purchasing errors that could ultimately
be budget breakers; choose carefully and shop wisely. Never cut corners by
ignoring local building and zoning codes... many home projects may require
permits. It would also be beneficial to revisit your home warranty
to see if your DIY project is essentially already paid for. Visit your local
building code office to ask questions about potential permit needs for your
for your family:
If you have a busy schedule or active
family, a big DIY project can be difficult; consider a smaller project to
start. A project confined to one small space in your home, or one that can be
completed in a weekend will be easier to tackle without getting discouraged.
Including the entire family is a goal to consider as well! If you have young
children, to which parts of the project would they enjoy contributing? Be sure
to only consider tasks that are simple, safe and appropriate for the ages of
Are you ready to get started? You might
even find a DIY project that becomes a new interest or hobby! You are certain
to benefit greatly in many ways from your DIY efforts.
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