Stop the Clock – Save Time During DIY Projects

I believe part of living a simple life means to do things yourself. I know you probably think that seems backwards, because it would be much easier to pay someone. However, you end up saving so much money when you do it yourself. Plus, you learn a new skill, and there is a huge sense of accomplishment when you are finished.

One of the main reasons why most homeowners don’t do their own DIY projects is that they can take up too much of their time. I have been doing a lot of DIY projects lately. I updated our coffee table to have a farmhouse look and I’m currently painting all of the trim in our house. Through the time spent doing these projects, I have come up with some great tips for you to save time during DIY projects!

DIY farm house table before

DIY farm house table after

Don’t Use Sub-Par Tools And Equipment

It’s important that you get the best possible tools and equipment to use for your DIY. Poor equipment will be very difficult to use and won’t help you get very good results. In fact, they could make your DIY projects look very amateur, which isn’t the result you should go for! So, it’s a good idea to get ahold of some top-quality tools. If you are lucky like me, you may be able to find someone to borrow them from or, it’s worth checking out brookingsrent-all.com to see if it works out cheaper to rent an item for a limited period. There may also be a local tool rental store in your area. The results will definitely be worth it!

Prevent Mess When Drilling

More often than not, it isn’t the project itself that ends up taking a lot of time, it’s the whole cleaning and tidying that needs to be done afterwards that takes time! So, it’s always important to try and minimize mess. Drilling is notorious for being a messy job, but there is a way to clean up as you go. You just need to tape a plastic bag underneath the hole you are drilling. The bag will then catch most of the dust and debris!

Use YouTube How-Tos

If you aren’t entirely sure how to do a DIY job when you start, you might have to keep on taking breaks to read guides and to Google how to do it. So, before you do start, you should take the time to watch a YouTube how-to video like youtube.com/watch?v=4ZJOjbOmRzY. Most of these videos will show you how to carry out a DIY task all of the way through. So, you can have all your questions answered before you even begin!

Get Everything You Need Together Before You Start

Try to have everything ready to go before you start. You want to prevent extra trips to the garage or basement to get tools, and especially extra trips to the hardware store. So, before you begin, make sure you have everything that you might need within easy reach.

Once you start using all of these tips, your DIY will take a lot less time than before! What DIY projects are you working on? How do you save time? Do you think it’s worth it to DIY or would you rather pay someone?

Save time during DIY projects

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16 Comments

  1. Rebecca Hicks

    February 4, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I LOVE how your coffee table turned out! Now that my husband has some woodworking tools I’m dying to get some of the projects on my to-do list complete. Thanks for the tips! 🙂

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 5, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks Rebecca! I hope you get your projects done. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  2. Diva Monét

    February 4, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    I am slowly, but surely getting into DIY-ing my home decor. I’ll be sure to use these tips next time! Thanks for sharing!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      Yep! Thanks for reading! Good luck with your future projects.

  3. Cathy

    February 3, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Yes!! Planning ahead and getting everything together that you need before you start is crucial. I can’t tell you how many times my husband and I have had to stop a DIY to go to the store because we forgot something! (And have to go back like five times! 😉 HA!)

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 3, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Haha yes I think that happens to all of us. And then it seems we spend so much more time in the hardware store than we thought we were going to. 🙂

  4. Linda

    February 3, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Fear tips! YouTube definitely hits the mark! I use it all the time!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 3, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Yeah, I don’t know what people did before Youtube?!

  5. Amanda Martin

    February 2, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Such great tips! I would be LOST without YouTube how to videos haha.
    Amanda || http://www.amandasok.com

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      I know! Who knows where we would be without Youtube?! What did people do before? Lol. 🙂

  6. Amy

    February 2, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Great tips! I turn to youtube tutorials for everything and always joke that I am ‘youtube certified’, ha, ha!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 2, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Haha! “Youtube certified” I love that! I don’t know what people did before Youtube. 🙂

  7. candy

    February 2, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Planning is key and making sure you have everything before you get started.

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 2, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Totally agree! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  8. Jen

    February 2, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Yes! Love these tips! I try to clean as I go but love your drilling clean up tip!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 2, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Yes, I clean as I go with everything! Including cooking. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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