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A DIYers Guide to Staying Organized and Stress Free
Have you ever been on a mission to fix something in your house like your bathroom sink, just to realize you had no clue where in the world the wrench was. SOOO frustrating and unproductive, we know! Being a DIYer is self rewarding in so many ways but can also be stressful. If you don't have your workspace in order, it will drive you insane. Whether you’re fixing a broken sink or building a new bed frame, the best work always comes when your workshop is organized.
This guide will boost your productivity and workspace for all your DIY projects ahead.
1. Always clean when the season changes
If you're not much of a cleaner, at least commit yourself to cleaning in the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Doing a deep cleanse every time you enter a new season will become a habit soon enough. Four times a year of deep cleaning should get the job done just fine!
A lot of times, communities have toxic waste disposal days for the spring cleaning season. I recommend getting rid of all those dried-out paint cans, adhesives, varnishes, finishes, etc, clogging up your storage space and disposing of them on toxic waste disposal day.
2. Choose your scraps wisely
As a DIYer, you never know when you might need some spare scraps of wood, PCV pipes, drywall and cardboard. But there has to be a limit to how much you can keep otherwise it becomes easy to look like a hoarder!
Drawing the line will be easier than you think. Just toss any wood cardboard, etc. that is cracked, twisted, or of poor quality. Even though you will probably want to keep every scrap because who knows when you will need them, fight the urge!
Come up with guidelines, and strictly stick to them. Don't think about it too hard otherwise you will wind up having a clutter of scraps taking up most or your workspace.
3. Designate bins
This was the best advice I was given by a fellow DIYer. Get large clear bins and label and designate all of them according to project types. Then, put all the tools and supplies according to project type in their bins. For example, I labeled one of my bins "woodwork." I then put all the tools and supplies I normally use when working with wood in that bin.
It made things so easy for me because now, when I go to do a project involving wood, I just pull the bin down and most of what I need is in there.
4. Restock DIY basics
You should get in the habit of checking the inventory of supplies every time you finish a project. Why? Because it will make your life so much easier! Nothing is more frustrating than realizing you ran out of nails when your'e mid project. One, it totally ruins the work flow and two, it causes unnecessary and avoidable stress!
5. Take good care of your tools
Safety is most important when working on projects. A DIYer, is subject to hurting themselves much more than the normal person. Working with big tools can be threatening if you are not taking care of them correctly. With DIYing, comes responsibility! Always make sure to keep your tools running strong by checking for loose parts, dull blades and split cords.
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