Monday, April 28, 2014

A Day in the Life of a Reluctant DIY'er

Happy Monday!

Since my life is all about DIY right now I thought I might show you what it's like to be a weekend (and weekday evening) warrior such as myself :)

Step 1: Roll over blurry eyed and try to focus on the machine that is making that unbearable noise... 

Ugh. Yes that's 6:33... AM... on a Saturday.

Step 2: Find work clothing that isn't stinky. This is a constant struggle people, I kid you not. When you're spending every waking moment on a project there's not much time for laundry except what you can bring yourself to drag upstairs at the end of a long day. 

Step 3: Take care of your body!

Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, snacks, WATER - lots and lots of water. This is very important folks. You don't want to crash half way been nailing that nail, or painting that room, or sanding that piece of wood. 

I was tempted to say 'rest' here as well, but rest is for pansies! Gotta feel like the feet are about to fall off you to tell you if you really worked hard that day or not... I jest of course. There's nothing worse than this feeling and at some point in the day you know when it's time to give it up because you can't handle another second on your feet. This happens even if you take little rests here and there. Rather perhaps the tip here is to have good footwear! 

The puppies however get to rest all they like :)

Step 4: Take time to prepare.

It's no good to be running around and trying to find things just as you're ready to get started on a project. Make sure you've got everything you'll need within arms length. Spending 20 minutes looking for that footstool can be very distracting when you're in the middle of a project. 

Step 5: WORK! 

It's time to get'er done! And don't be afraid to get dirty while you're at it ;)

Step 6: Relax and reward yourself.

Some DIY projects are more rewarding than others. Some are just work work work and others fall more into the "Hey this might be a fun hobby" category. For some, the end result of a project may be the reward itself. Even so, I have found it still important to take a moment at the end of the day to take it all in a relax. A little bit of down time will help to rejuvenate you for the next day. 

If you don't take time for yourself, whether that's a nice cold beer or going to your friend's birthday party, or both, you'd better prepare to burn out. It doesn't have to be (nor should it be) all about the project. 

After spending weeks, days or hour after hour on a project, don't you think you deserve a reward ;)

Ciao for now!



  1. My goodness! And good for you. We have some work that needs to be done in our new house, but we will probably hire contractors for a lot of it. With a little boy underfoot, and my bad shoulder, and my husband's lack of any handyman genes, it is for the best. ;)

  2. it reminds me good memories ;)
    we made the whole inside together with hubby too, it was already 3 years ago but it seems to be yesterday ;)
    enjoy sweetie and good luck

  3. I'm impressed! You guys are doing an awesome job.

  4. Great seeing what your time is like getting your house ready! So exciting and will make the house so much more yours!

  5. The rewards are so worth it! I enjoy the satisfaction with DIY; but you totally nailed the feeling of exhaustion at the end of a long days DIY. Very cute pics of you two. Looking good!


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