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6 tips for finding the time and motivation for DIY

Created: 22/06/2018

Who doesn’t love a bit of home DIY? It’s low cost, gives you a sense of pride and all that hard work can be a great full-body workout! But the thought of doing DIY after the longest week ever at work? When you have kids? When you just want to lounge in front of the TV after ignoring all your other responsibilities? It seems impossible, but it doesn’t have to be. Even if you find your home DIY projects require someone with a bit more experience, there are handyman services in London and across the UK that can help with anything from electricals, to plumbing, to carpentry.


6 tips for finding the time and motivation for DIY


1. Think of the money you’ll save

This one goes without saying, but if the thought of saving money doesn’t make you want to jump out of bed at 8am on a Sunday morning, we don’t know what will! The best part of DIY has surely got to be the money saving aspect, right?

“After purchasing our first home we quickly realised that we didn’t have the budget to pay for all of the home improvements that needed doing”, says Little House on the Corner blogger, Christine. “So we decided that we’d do as much of the work as possible ourselves. It was a steep learning curve but now, 7 years later, we love DIY and purposely look for projects that we can undertake.”

According to Money Bulldog, just by painting a room you could save £100-£400 and installing a kitchen splashback could save you £200-£1000. Work out how much money you’ll be saving from each project and let that be your motivation to find the time to get stuck into some DIY!


2. Start small

One of the biggest things that puts a person off DIY is the sheer size of a project. The thought of a project taking weeks or even months is a little bit daunting, so it’s always worth starting small and undertaking a task that can be completed in just a few hours and broken up into little stages. That way, you’ll be more inclined to give up half an hour of your time here and there to complete the project.

Why not start by re-tiling that one wall of your bathroom you’ve said you’ll do for the last four months? What about re-carpeting the spare bedroom? These are all things that can be done slowly and are not particularly time sensitive.

“We also try to tackle just one project at a time.” Says Christine. “That way, we can (try to) contain the mess to just one area of our home.”


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[Photo credit: Nick Youngson, Alpha Stock Images]


3. Get the family involved

As a parent, it can feel like you have barely anytime for yourself let alone the DIY project you promised you’d get done! So why not make it a family affair and get the kids involved?

From helping you choose between colours and materials to helping out with a bit of painting, getting your children involved with your home DIY project allows you to spend fun, quality time together while completing the job at hand – it’s a win-win!

Getting involved in DIY also teaches children some great principles, such as reusing and upcycling old items before buying something new, as well as proving how a little bit of hard work can create something amazing they can feel proud of.


4. Do your research

Roeshel, DIY Show Off blogger, recommends doing a bit of prepping before jumping straight into a DIY project: “There are so many educational resources and step by step tutorials to assist with a DIY plan of action. Take advantage someone else sharing their experience to make yours a win!” There’s tons of DIY YouTube tutorials out there, and even dedicated websites such as Instructables to ensure you stay safe and get it right.

She also recommends planning when you’re going to do DIY in advance. “I actually add tasks to my calendar and make checklists. Then check off tasks as they're completed.” This will give you a great sense of accomplishment as you start checking off more and more little tasks.

It’s also worth scheduling in some time for yourself, whether that’s going to the gym, spending time with your family or just curling up with a book. That way you have a day off to look forward to that won’t leave you feeling guilty, and your DIY project won’t feel like an overwhelming burden.



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5. Set a realistic time frame and completion date

Perhaps you have family coming to stay or you want to have your project completed before Christmas, whatever it is, having a date in mind to work towards is great for motivation. Just make sure the timeframe you’ve set is feasible for the task at hand.

The BBC recommends incorporating extra time to allow for things you may not have initially considered: “Don't underestimate how long things can take. Just preparing a room for redecorating - clearing the furniture, taking everything off the walls, washing down surfaces, patching up any damage, covering up the carpet or stripping it and so on - could take a day at least.

You'll feel much better if you set yourself a realistic timetable and are able to keep to it as you go along. Everyone hates a job that drags on and on when you thought you could be done in a day.”

Kerry, who runs her own DIY and renovation blog, also recommends slipping in some DIY whenever you can: "If I’m super busy I’ll try to just fit in 20 minutes here and there, if I can. Because even 20 minutes a day can really help. But generally it’s about prioritising and making the most of the time you do have."


6. Go easy on yourself

"Above all else, go easy on yourself.” Says Roeshel. She also recommends creating a low-pressure atmosphere and a positive mindset, and work as time will allow. Kerry also agrees with this, saying you don't want your DIY project to feel like a burden: "Be sure to give yourself a break from it all once in a while! Sometimes I get on a roll of getting a ton of stuff done - which is great and makes me want to keep it up. But eventually you just burn out. Make sure to give yourself time away from the DIY and then it wont become such a chore!"

Of course life will get in the way – other responsibilities may take precedence over your DIY project, but it’s important to remember that you can always carry on with it tomorrow (or, you know, the day after).


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