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, remodelling, 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!
1. Benefits 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.
2. Benefits 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!
3. Benefits 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.
4. 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.
Depending on the scale of your project, never cut corners by ignoring local building and zoning codes... Some 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 project.
5. Benefits 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 your children.
Are you ready to get started?
Now that you know all the benefits, I'm sure you're itching to get started. You might even find a DIY project that becomes a new interest or hobby!
If you're wondering where to start, here's our beginners guide to home improvement projects with kids. But to be honest your best bet is to spend some time on Pinterest to get inspired with a project that really excites you. They are often accompanied with instructions too.