Preparing For a New Year of DIY Projects

Preparing For a New Year of DIY Projects

As most homeowners know, your “to do” list of projects never really gets completely crossed out. The bottom of the list just keeps getting longer. The rewarding part is, that the results of your work are around you every day. It’s what keeps you going. As the year draws to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on the jobs that you’ve done, what you have yet to finish and what you’d like to begin next. If you have a lot of unfinished projects, don’t despair. Pick a couple that you can realistically finished by the end of the year -- but be realistic and don’t let it ruin your holidays. If you have completed all your projects for the year, then all the better. Sit back and enjoy what you’ve accomplished. Even still, this is a good time to map out the year ahead and do a little preplanning to make things go smoothly.

Speaking of holidays, if you have some projects in mind for the year ahead, now would be a good time to give a little thought to the things you’ll need. An air compressor with pneumatic tools, a compound miter saw, or a new set of power tools would look nice under the tree.

As the year approaches, think of how you could improve the way in which you get things done, in relation to your DIY projects. Call them resolutions if you will, but just as effective as new tools under the tree, adopting some new habits for the year ahead can make just as big an impact. For example, if you are between projects, take the time to clear out clutter. Take stock of your tools and your workspace. Get rid of the things that you don’t need and organize what you have such a way that you optimize your work area.

Think back. Is there a way that you could’ve completed last year’s projects more safely? Purchase (or ask Santa for) safety goggles, hearing protection and a fire extinguisher for your workshop or garage. While organizing, plan for a prominent place to put these items so that you will be sure to use them during the oncoming year.

Lastly, take a good look at what you would like to accomplish during the next year. What other bills do anticipate? Try to estimate realistically what each project will cost, allowing a little extra for surprises that may come up. Next, prioritize these projects and only work into your budget what will fit. Using that realistic approach, you will be less likely to feel that end-of-the-year pressure as the temperature drops and the projects pile up.

We’re here to help you finish up what you need to do, plan for what’s next and keep things organized in between. Stop in and ask our knowledgeable staff for advice and ideas on what products can suit you best.