Wherever you are in the world, you’ve probably been stuck at home for what feels like an age. Coronavirus has changed so much and we have no idea what the ‘new normal’ will be like. It’s something we can’t control.
What we can control, however, is how we handle things while we’re at home. We all have different ways of coping, and one of the more popular coping mechanisms we’ve seen is DIY. According to research, everybody is at it!
Even if you’re not that keen on DIY or home improvement, now is the time to dust off your toolbox. Here’s why.
Don’t be fooled, DIY is a skill
With every generation that comes of age today, it feels like DIY skills are less of a concern. Allow us a little seniority: it’s generally understood that older generations are better at DIY. Or, they’re at least more knowledgeable about it. It’s a problem of life in the 21st century and while younger people know their way around the internet, iPhones and how the Wi-Fi works, it can’t be denied. DIY is a skill in its own right!
So, if we can get at least one positive thing out of this whole situation, it should be improved DIY skills. If it’s always been a grey area for you, we urge you to give it a go. But, and this is a big but: please be careful! Eye-related injuries have been on the rise since lockdown…
You have all the time in the world
Once you’ve watched all the Netflix documentaries and you’ve baked about as much banana bread as you can handle, you should start a little DIY project. It doesn’t have to be much! Maybe you’ll paint that bookshelf, or you’ll finally fix that squeaky door. Whatever it is, it’s productive and will make you feel super smug once it’s finished. That’s worth it, right?!
Think of the possibilities: you could get crafty and make some cushion covers out of custom cut foam, or perhaps a homemade shoe rack is more up your street? You wouldn’t believe the things you can do with a pallet box.
You’ll feel better about your home (and yourself)
You’re spending a lot of time at home, so what better time to give it a bit of TLC? You’ll enjoy your leisure time so much more with a refreshed living room, and giving your bathroom an extra lease of life will make your baths even more relaxed. Ultimately, our homes are a reflection of us and there’s no better feeling than seeing your home looking its best.
At the very least, it will take your mind off things
If you’re currently furloughed, a home improvement project may be just what you need. You’ll have a project to work on which will give you a little purpose and motivation. These are hard times, and we all need a distraction. Your home improvement project is a perfect distraction because it’s something you’ll get to enjoy day in, day out.
We reckon it’s a better distraction than Netflix, anyway. But only slightly.