Several years ago, I was looking for ways to save money around the house so we could get out of debt even faster. I poured over books and websites and soon found that venturing in the world of DIY projects would help with our money-saving goals.
I was nervous – I knew nothing about DIY. But the prospect of cutting expenses propelled me forward.
Now, I’m a DIY junkie. It’s just second nature to whip up an herbal remedy, make my own shampoo or figure out how to make one of my favorite restaurant foods at home. My husband even got on board with the
craziness fun (he did our bus project himself).
If you’re venturing into the world of DIY (or want to take on some more advanced projects) and are feeling a little less than qualified, don’t worry. You can do it.
Here are some tips to help you grow from overwhelmed novice to DIY master:
Start making the basics. Say your doing some herbal DIY projects. Make teas, infusions, poultices. These are all very easy ways to get your feet wet, so to speak. Once you’re comfortable with how to prepare herbs, start experimenting.
Maybe that recipe could use a little comfrey. Or perhaps adding an essential oil would make it even better. Or maybe you even come up with your own recipes (it’s super fun).
This principle applies to DIY projects of all kinds.
2. Don’t be afraid to fail
You guys. My DIY projects have failed so many times. Could I have given up when I burned my first attempt at an herbal salve (and left the kitchen smelling for days)? Yes. But I didn’t.
I knew that failure is just a great learning opportunity so I kept going. And, eventually, I created my awesome Healing Balm that still amazes me.
3. Start small
Resist the urge to try all the projects in one weekend. I know it’s hard, but you must. By choosing just a few projects to start with/have on your list at once (I recommend no more than three), you reduce the project overwhelm that so many of us have often faced.
4. Make time for your projects
Do you know how easy it is to put off your DIY projects and say that you just don’t have time for them? Too easy. (Just as it is for anything worth doing.)
I recommend sitting down with a calendar and your list of DIY projects and scheduling them in. Yes, you can also squeeze them in during open pockets of time throughout the week, but you give yourself a major advantage by also scheduling them on calendar.
5. Keep track of what works (and what doesn’t)
My friend Marta lists some excellent reasons (and tips) for journaling your health journey. And they don’t just apply to your health-related DIY projects. I recommend keeping a DIY journal so you can keep track of what works (and what doesn’t). It will help you duplicate your successes and steer clear of making the same mistakes twice.
6. Share your specialty
I have a friend who’s a genius with garden DIY and I love it when she shares her wisdom with me. Chances are, you’ll specialize in something, be it gardening, sewing or natural remedies. Don’t be afraid to share your specialty.
Not only will it benefit others, but you’ll get even better at what you do by sharing what you know. Who knows, it could even turn into something that brings in a little (or a lot) of income for you and funds future DIY projects.
7. Get the right resources
It’s always helpful to start with a user manual. If you’re planning on doing some DIY projects around the home, you’ll need at least one helpful book. If it’s herbal remedies you’re making, you’ll need recipes and tutorials for the basics. Same with sewing, cooking, etc.
Do you have any tips to add?