Building a wide range of DIY skills is beneficial on many levels. After all, you never know what kind of projects are ahead and what skills they may require. The new year is a great time to set a few DIY goals that will help you expand your knowledge base and get some stuff done around your home. Here are a few tips on how you can become a better DIYer in 2018.
Evaluate Your Skills
Before you set any DIY goals for the coming year, take some time to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you select projects throughout the year that can expand your skills and tackle areas that need improvement. Making a list of things you have accomplished can also be a great motivational tool that you can refer back to if you ever find yourself getting frustrated during a project.
Set DIY Goals
Setting specific DIY goals for the coming year is probably the most important step in becoming a better DIYer. Not only will this list help you frame realistic expectations, but it will also serve as a progress guide throughout the year. These goals should be as specific as possible and include ways in which you can actually accomplish them, whether it's learning a new skill on your own, taking a DIY class, or even volunteering on a neighborhood project.
One of the easiest ways to expand your DIY skills is taking classes. There are a lot of organizations that offer instructional classes on specific projects and tools. Better yet, you can find plenty of classes that are free of charge or require a minimal entry fee. A few good places to start are libraries, local schools, and big box stores. In addition to learning a new DIY skill, classes also offer an opportunity to meet and network with other DIYers in your local community. These classes are a great way to share knowledge and expertise and you never know what you might learn.
Volunteering is another great way to learn a new DIY skill. Nonprofit organizations frequently use volunteers in building projects and you often get to work alongside seasoned professionals who love what they do. This will help you master a new skill set at your own pace while challenging yourself to do something you may never tackle otherwise. Of course, volunteering also helps people in need and is a great way to give back to the community. While nonprofits are a good place to start, you should also consider volunteering yourself for projects with friends and family members, though this may require more learning on your own.
The internet is one of the driving forces behind the DIY movement, and for good reason. You can learn just about anything online, and if you search hard enough, you can actually find solid advice on how to tackle just about any DIY project around the house. In fact, using the internet to expand your expertise is probably the easiest way to become a better DIYer in 2018. The best part about learning online is that most of the content is free of charge. Many organizations are starting to create large libraries of projects that include step-by-step instructions to guide even the most novice DIYer.
Get Outside Your Comfort Zone
As a rule of thumb, it's good practice to learn at least one new skill with each DIY project you start, whether that's learning how to wire a simple electrical device or how to properly finish a wood surface. But in order to do that, you will need to tackle some projects that reside outside of your comfort zone. That doesn’t mean you should take on a project that is well beyond your expertise, but branching out in small steps is a great way to start expanding your skill set. If you learn something new on each project, it won’t be long before you are comfortable doing things you never thought possible.