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8 Creative Home Projects You Didn’t Know You Could Do-It-Yourself

8 Creative Home Projects You Didn’t Know You Could Do-It-Yourself

Decorating and organizing your home can be pretty expensive. With lots of materials to buy and people to hire, home improvement can dent your savings.  However, did you know that there are innovative ways to decorate and organize your home without spending too much?

Yes, with materials you already have and without getting the services of other people, you can decorate your home according to what you want. Here are some suggestions for DIY home projects to help you create your dream home.

1. Lighting Fixtures

A good lighting will give your home more warmth and space. This is why most homeowners consider lighting fixtures essential. For instance, around 55% of homeowners consider lighting (specifically skylights) desirable and essential in their homes. However, according to HomeAdvisor, installing lighting fixtures would cost around $150 to $872. That’s pretty harsh on the budget.

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DIY Pendant Lights
    Credit: Sherry Nothingam (decoist.com)

    Instead of breaking the bank to install new lighting fixtures, why don’t you just enhance what you already have? You can start a DIY pendant lights project, which can enhance can transform your old lighting into attractive lighting fixtures. You don’t need to buy materials when doing this project. Look around your home and re-purpose materials you no longer need – like empty plastic bottles, strings, and scrap tin cans. You are ready to light up your home already, and you didn’t even know it.

    2. Shelving Units

    Whether you are living in an apartment or a house, at some point, space will be an issue. There will come a point when you just have too many things to fit in your home. A DIY shelving unit will give you more space and at the same time give your home a cooler ambiance.

    DIY shelves
      Credit: bhg.com

      Materials for your DIY shelves can be found at your local home improvement store. You will need wooden boards, pipes of different sizes, bolts, an assembly diagram, and building tools. Follow these steps and you will have an extra space to organize your stuff.

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      3. 3D Wall Decorations

      DIY 3D Wall art
        Credit: le FabShop (instructables.com)

        3D wall decorations provide your home with a contemporary look. It is not as difficult as it looks to have a 3D wall decoration for your home. While searching online, I found these safari-themed 3D designs. You can download and print them out to help you create and assemble the design. All you need is 3mm or 6mm cardboard and double-face tape or nail to attach for decoration on the wall.

        4. Storage Bins

        DIY Storage Solutions
          Credit: housebeautiful.com

          Let’s face it, those tiny clutters in your desks can sometimes be frustrating. You can minimize the clutter in your room and organize your stuff by using empty containers of disinfectant wipes. Use these DIY hanging bins in your room to hold all of your little hair accessories, pens, and craft materials in your desk. You can also hang them in your bathroom or anywhere you think they are suited to be.

          5. Large Storage Systems

          Are you tired of seeing those cardboard boxes everywhere? As a homeowner, cardboard boxes will always come in handy in storing seasonal home decorations, clothing, and bedding. However, these cardboard boxes can also be an eyesore when there is no place for you store them. One good idea to get rid of these eyesores is to make use of dead spaces.

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          DIY Sliding Storage System
            Credit: DIY experts (familyhandyman.com)

            This step-by-step DIY sliding storage system will help you organize stuff in dead spaces and avoid stacking cardboard boxes in one corner for your house. You will need a few runs to your local home centers for materials like plywood, carriages, and screws. Follow the instructions carefully and in no time, you will have a sliding storage system to keep large items tucked away.

            6. Magnetic Kitchen Rack

            Are you looking for a way to organize your kitchen tools and at the same time keep easy access to them whenever you need them? How about using some of your magnets to make a kitchen rack.

            DIY Sliding Storage System
              Credit: tzny (instructables.com)

              By using powerful magnets from hard drives or other unused tools, you can create a DIY magnetic rack for your kitchen utensils. For example, check out this magnetic knife rack using hard drive magnets. However, when doing this DIY, make sure you place it on a safe area where children can’t reach it. You may also want to place a catch basket or container below so whenever the magnet loses its grip, no one will get hurt.

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              7. DIY Stairs Decorations

              DIY staircase
                Credit: realsimple.com

                If you want to add a bit of playfulness to your house, you don’t need to makeover your whole place. A simple tweak in your staircase will do the trick. With a little bit of creativity, you can design your staircase as anything you want. You can create a changeable chalkboard, waves of wallpapers, or a mosaic mirror which will help set a fun mood in your room.

                8. Mini Indoor Garden

                If you want to add a more natural look to your home, you can create a mini indoor garden to decorate your room. Using used tin cans and wooden pegs, you can create creative flower pots to place small indoor plants in. Then you can display it on the dining room table.

                DIY mini garden
                  Credit: topdreamer.com

                  Another interesting DIY for containers and old, worn out things is to create an improvised mini indoor dish garden. Old containers like your dusty piano case can be used to create a dish garden.

                  Furthermore…

                  Make use of online technology and search for other DIY home projects to try creating for your home. There are still plenty of them online. Always remember that in achieving your dream home, sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and resourcefulness.

                  Featured photo credit: lifeofpix via lifeofpix.com

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                  Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                  20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                  20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                  Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                  If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                  1. Create a Daily Plan

                  Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                  2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                  Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                  3. Use a Calendar

                  Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                  I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                  Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                  4. Use an Organizer

                  An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                  These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                  5. Know Your Deadlines

                  When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                  But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                  6. Learn to Say “No”

                  Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                  Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                  7. Target to Be Early

                  When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                  For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                  Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                  8. Time Box Your Activities

                  This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                  You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                  9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                  Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                  10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                  Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                  You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                  11. Focus

                  Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                  Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                  Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                  12. Block out Distractions

                  What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                  I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                  When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                  Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                  13. Track Your Time Spent

                  When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                  You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                  14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                  You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                  Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                  15. Prioritize

                  Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                  Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                  16. Delegate

                  If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                  When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                  17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                  For related work, batch them together.

                  For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                  2. coaching
                  3. workshop development
                  4. business development
                  5. administrative

                  I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                  18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                  What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                  One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                  While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                  19. Cut off When You Need To

                  The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                  Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                  20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                  Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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