The Bit by Bit DIY Approach

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We all lead very busy lives. It is all too easy to feel overwhelmed by everything we need to get done.

The fact that we are so busy means that certain jobs never seem to get done. That is particularly the case when it comes to home décor and DIY. When you first move in, you focus and get everything done. As a result, your home looks lovely. A few years down the line and things have gotten away from you. By then, everything looks a bit worn and tatty. But, the problem is you have not got time to stop everything and redecorate.

Fortunately, there is an answer and that is to break things down into manageable chunks. You will be surprised by how far you get if you put aside 4 or 5 hours every weekend and the odd evening for decorating and home décor projects. Here are a few things you can easily get done in an hour. Or, a morning if you want to get the project finished in one go.

Sort out your skirting boards

Scuffed or outdated skirting can really bring a room down. The only problem is that repainting it is a pain. Sometimes literally, staying bent double while you rub it down, fill it in, undercoat and paint it is a sure way to get a backache.

There is a far easier approach which is to go online and buy some cheap and cheerful skirting board. Removing your old skirtings does not take long and installing the new ones is easy too. If you do not have much spare time, divide this task up into two or three sessions. Just do one or two walls, per session.

Make some no-sew soft furnishings

Getting the sewing machine out and setting it up can feel like a big hassle. As a result, many of us give up on the idea of making our own soft-furnishings. This is a shame because it is so easy to do and making what you need will save you a lot of money. Plus, you can finish off your home in exactly the way you want to, instead of compromising.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution which is to take advantage of modern fabric glues and Velcro. Using these, you can easily make items like table mats, runners or re-cover a chair. There are lots of no-sew tutorials available with more being uploaded on an almost daily basis. So, it is not hard to learn how to do it.

If you make one or two items each evening, y the weekend you will have the whole job done.

Redecorate one wall at a time

You can do the same with painting your walls. Just do one per evening. To keep everything you need close to hand, so you can get started right away, just buy a couple of large plastic storage bins. When you get home, open the box, pull on your overalls, push the furniture out of the way and get painting.

Share the tasks

Another way to get DIY tasks done quickly and painlessly is to put aside the first Saturday of every month and use it as your home maintenance day. Rope everyone in. If you work together you can easily redecorate an entire room in just one morning.

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