My husband’s new favourite toy is an electric drill. His mantra is as long as you have an electric drill, an electric saw and a hammer, you can do anything. Me? I’m fairly new to the world of DIY but seeing how much money we’ve saved by doing home projects ourselves, I’m now a believer.
Of course, it’s still best to hire an expert for major jobs like rewiring and plumbing because these things can go horribly wrong if you don’t have the relevant experience. For small things like filling a hole in the wall with putty or setting up some shelves, it’s quicker and cheaper to do it yourself.
Perhaps it’s the pandemic that has more people embracing a DIY mindset than ever before. There was nobody to call during the circuit breaker when we wanted an odd job done, so DIY was the only option, like it or not.
Staying home has also given us more time to work on DIY projects, like putting together a herb garden or redesigning the study. Of course, with so many resources at our fingertips now, one only has to look to YouTube and Skillshare for tutorials. I used to be wary of buying power tools because I didn’t know which model to get, but even that has become less intimidating, thanks to stores like Ikea. Plus, there’s no need to stand in the aisle and fuss over technical specs; you can just pick up one of the handy kits and be on your way.
These days, there’s also no reason to not have a toolkit at home. Having even just a couple of basic tools or cans of spray paint opens up a whole new world of DIY possibilities. Want to give your cabinet a new lease of life? Spray it in copper or swap out the handles for something fancier. Feel like setting up an indoor growing system? All you need is a good craft knife and a measuring tape. That’s exactly what my husband did last week. He fashioned a basic system with growing lights and a shelf out of cardboard boxes. It’s not the prettiest, but it’s nothing a few coats of paint can’t fix.
So why not pick up a few tools this weekend and start getting creative? Repairing and making your things is a useful hobby to have. It promotes creation over consumption, saves you money, and helps the environment by reducing waste. Plus, it makes for a great project to bond over with your family – a win-win situation all around.