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Tackling DIY Projects at Home - Big and Small

While most of the country and world are stuck indoors, all of those pesky home projects are staring us right in the face – so what can you do to combat them? Here are some steps we’ve taken to be productive while not getting too overwhelmed by everything that we want to do.

Step 1: Walk around your home and make a list of the different things that you wish you could do – big or small. It could be something as simple as finally organizing the junk drawer and going through old files, to totally upgrading a bathroom or redesigning a basement space.

Step 2: Once you have your list and feel TOTALLY overwhelmed – look through everything and separate it into categories:
1. What you can do easily and in a short amount of time without having to leave the house
2. What you can do within a day or so after picking up a few materials
3. Big projects that will require a significant amount of time and materials

Now you’re in a position where you see what you can feasibly accomplish, so let’s tackle the list!

Category #1 Projects: Start small by picking maybe one or two projects to work on each day. There’s no need to feel like you need to get through the entire list at once – unless you’re on a streak, and in that case go right ahead! These are just small things that you can take 30 minutes to an hour each day to work on and update the house to where you want it to be.

Category #2 Projects: If you’re in a position where you’re able to get the supplies you need and have the time available, pick one or two that you can do during this period (or more, again, if you’re very motivated!). If you’re working remote, take the time on a weekend to get the project done while you have the extra free time. And definitely involve the family and make it a fun activity to do together.

Category #3 Projects: These are things that will require dedicated time and work to accomplish, and if we’re being realistic, they’re definitely not going to happen until the world is a bit more back to normal. However, in the meantime, go wild and start making the plans for what you want to do! Make designs, figure out what materials you’d need and start making that shopping and “to-do” plan for when you can actually get started. The best part about working on the #3 projects, is that you can really do this anytime if you’re watching tv, or just have some downtime on the computer. Go look around on Pinterest for ideas and plan out what you want to do – then, dedicate the amount of time needed to complete the project and block it off in your calendar now.

Now, the most important part in all of this, especially when thinking about the #2 and #3 projects, is accountability. Make sure that when things are back to normal you can stick to the plan and accomplish everything you can in 2020 – you certainly won’t regret the investment and time when you don’t have that big wish list in that back of your head anymore.

Let us know what projects you’re working on, and stay safe out there!
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