Lessons My Dad Taught Me About DIY Projects

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Home improvements were a regularly scheduled program in our household after my parents purchased their first home. There were times when my mother made it known to the family that, “What you see is not what you’re going to get” once she finished her projects. 

As time moved forward, my father included my older sister and I in his do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. From replacing kitchen counters to creating outdoor living rooms, the lessons he taught didn’t seem like much then; however, I treasure those lessons today. One lesson that our father shared with us was to remain aware of your time. 

“The quicker, the better,” was his favorite saying. This one lesson translated into my personal quote of, “Timing in life is everything when you’re creating a space you’ll enjoy!” 
As busy career women, our time is precious and the space we reside in is sacred. Adding DIY projects to your schedule must be thoroughly planned for the sake of our families, wallets and sanity. 

Here are four lessons that I hold dear to my heart when completing 30-day projects: 

Lesson One: It’s time to get inspired! My mother is an interior decorator, so our home was always full of magazines from which we could draw inspiration. Now that we have numerous social media platforms, our inspiration is unlimited. 

Lesson Two: Know when start! Summer and spring are the seasons when the temperatures rise. We tend to want something new and fresh during these seasons, such as new bathroom and landscaping projects. Over the period of my life, fall and winter have been the best seasons to start and finish DIY projects. 

Lesson Three: The rule of supply and demand applies for DIY projects. After reviewing your inspiration and tallying up your cost, it’s time to purchase your items. Amazon has a add-on feature where you can find the same supplies on their website at a lower cost. Finding deals at a local hardware store will add more to both your pocket and the local economy. 

Lesson Four. Seek financial funding. Using your savings accounts or a small personal loan is the way to go. After calculating time, cost and supplies, adding a small buffer of 10% or more to your budget for unforeseen expenses will save you time and prevent emotional distress. 

After your project is complete, you can brag a little to your friends that you did it yourself. Share your DIY projects with us on social media using #hopemag. 


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Linda L Eubanks, Professional Organizer and Life Coach at Black Label Living Spaces. I help overwhelmed women homeowners create order and structure by eliminating emotional, and physical clutter so they can live a lifestyle peace and harmony.