Taking a DIY approach to home design can be easier said than done. Many of us have wonderful visions and aspirations for how to decorate our homes, but when it comes to the actual application of the ideas, things can get tricky! That’s not to say it’s too difficult to shop for a nice new piece of furniture or a wall decoration to liven up a room. But bringing a full vision to life for an interior space, through your own efforts, is a pretty involved process.
There’s no exact way to go about it, and different techniques work better for different people. But below I’ll take a look at a few ways you can set yourself up for an easier and more effective home DIY process.
Focus On Storage
Storage spaces are often misunderstood when it comes to home design. We’re not talking about closets, cupboards, and hidden spaces for organisation here. Instead, think of storage as an opportunity to minimise clutter and improve decor at the same time. House Beautiful ran a slideshow emphasising the idea of storage ideas for decoration, rather than simply organisation. The idea is that if you can have a few fun, attractive storage options in place say, hanging drawers with a mirror attached you’ll be cleaning up your home and adding a decorative new feature.
Yes, I’m referring to mobile apps. In a certain way (or at least to certain people), modern technology and DIY activities almost seem mutually exclusive. There’s an aspect to home DIY that makes you appreciate doing work with your hands and relying on your own creativity and know-how. At the same time, there are countless DIY-related apps available, and to ignore all of them would be to miss out on some wonderful opportunities, and even education. Paste Magazine put together a nice assortment of different DIY apps for everything from inspiration to specific project directions or guidelines. If you’re one to regularly go about home design, it’s a good idea to look through some of the selections and see if anything seems helpful.
Keep Your Tools Ready
Most regular home DIYers are well aware of the importance of a well-stocked tool collection. But upkeep and maintenance for these tools can be as important as having them in the first place! To a large extent, this simply means cleaning them once you’re done so that they’re ready for the next repair or DIY idea that comes up. But you can take things a step further by investing in some pretty affordable upkeep equipment as well. Screwfix points to how bench grinders can effectively serve to renew the usefulness of a lot of your tools. With wet and dry sharpening options for different materials, a machine like this can keep blades, wire cutters, and even drill bits sharp and functional. Anything like this can help you to avoid coming up short on a particular job or having to make a last second run to the store next time you’re working on a DIY project.
Don’t Forget The Cleaning
This is a little bit less exciting, but it’s a vital point to remember nonetheless. Much like cooking, DIY projects can leave a mess, and it’s easiest to deal with the problem if you’re prepared in advance. Any DIY project from crafting some new wall decor to building furniture or painting a wall can make a big mess. It’s always easiest if you have the relevant cleaning materials in stock before you start. Also, it’s ideal to do what you can along the way to keep things tidy!