As we enter a new year, you may have set yourself the goal of developing a new skill. Whether you want to learn a new language or start playing an instrument – setting yourself a clear goal for the end of the year is a great way to get started. However, some skills may be more useful in your day-to-day life, especially if you are planning on doing some DIY in 2021.
With that in mind, here are 3 life-changing DIY skills you should start working on TODAY.
If you learn one thing this year, you should learn plumbing. Think about how often you have had to deal with leaks or floods in your home. Each time this occurs, you have to take the time out of your day to hire a plumber and arrange a time for a visit. Then you have to pay for their time and work, even if it is a relatively simple fix you could have completed yourself – if you had the knowledge. By gaining even a basic understanding of plumbing, you will be able to deal with issues such as leaky faucets, broken fittings, and damaged pipes. This will save you plenty of money in the long run, and could even mean that you are prepared to install your own bathroom should you need to.
However, as with any skill, it is important that you put in the time and effort required to master it. Don’t just read a few tutorials and assume you are an expert.
Panting is another great DIY skill that can save you hundreds of dollars, especially if you are planning home renovations. For example, hiring a decorator to repaint your home – be that your bedroom or hallway can quickly become expensive. It is far cheaper to source the supplies you need from a local store and paint the space yourself. Though this may take a little longer, it means you can really get involved in the process of redecorating, and help breathes fresh life into your home. When painting, don’t be afraid to go for bright, bold colors that will brighten the room and your mood accordingly.
However, once again, you must be willing to put in the practice required to do the job well – otherwise, you’ll need to hire someone to finish the job you started!
Gardening is a great way to spend your time. It means you get to spend more time outdoors, and it can have a truly positive impact on your mental health. Therefore, it is a great DIY skill to introduce to your daily life. It can even save you money in the long run, as you can grow your own plants, veggies, and organic produce as opposed to buying them from the shop. When gardening, start with something that is easy to care for, such as potatoes, radishes, and onions. If you don’t fancy growing fruit or vegetables, you can create your dream garden by growing a range of beautiful plants and flowers.