Clever and Useful DIY Projects You can Try for Your Home

Admit it: every time you survey your home, exploring every nook and cranny, a part of you yearns desperately to improve it. Perhaps to purchase that missing appliance or furniture,  or to add more decorations. More often not, however, you don’t have the luxury to buy everything your heart fancies.

But you’ve found a solution. You take out your hand tools, dabbling with DIY projects you can do at home. You sift through tons of websites, only to be disappointed—you don’t want something that merely has aesthetic properties.

If that’s you, then you’re in the right place. Here are some projects that aren’t just pleasing to the eye, but also clever and useful.

Recycling Old Objects

Do you have piles of unused materials (such as wood or doors) gaining dust in your storeroom? Then it’s high time to take them out! In just a few tweaks, you can make them functional again.

    • For car wheels, you can refurbish them into ottomans. Place some wooden panels on top, to cover the hole. Adorn them with ropes, or any other material that you prefer.

    • If you have kids and a massive tree in your garden, then you can transform these wheels into swings.

    • Have your children grown up so quickly, leaving their cribs abandoned and rendered useless? Don’t worry, they can still be used—but this time, as their mini tables. Remove one of the crib’s wider sides. Remove the mattress, so it can be used as a flat surface. Find small chairs, and voila!—they’re now good to go.
    • Old doors? No problem! They can be used as coffee tables in your living room. Jazz them up with some paint, and they’ll look as though you pulled them out of a store.

For the Bathroom

Do you often find yourself fumbling in the bathroom, especially with how cramped it can be? Don’t fret, there are actually ways for you to salvage some space.

    • Do you have an old ladder? Repaint it! Place it in a corner and use it to hang things, like towels, or storage baskets with hooks.

  • If you don’t have a ladder, then you can use towel racks.

For the Kitchen

Aside from the bathroom, you can also have more room in your kitchen.

    • Grab your towel racks—yes, they also have their purpose in this part of the house! Install the racks inside a cabinet and use them to store pan lids.

  • If your closets are also becoming stuffed, then you can hang your pots and pans on a rack suspended from the ceiling by using shower curtain hooks.

Key Takeaway

All of us, needless to say, want to spruce up our homes. But home improvement doesn’t have to be expensive! With some existing materials, with your hand tools, and with a dose of resourcefulness, you can revamp your personal space. Home DIY projects shouldn’t just be visually pleasing—they should also be extremely functional.

Is Working from Home Right for You?

Many people get excited about working from home due to the prospect of having control over everything. In fact, some people run multi thousand dollar organizations out of the privacy and security of their own bedrooms, kitchens, or living rooms. Of course, while that all sounds great hypothetically, there’s some things you may want to ask yourself first.

How Secure and/or Permanent is your Workplace?

For starters, is your home sustainable as a place for your work? How long will you live there, and should you have to move, how badly will it slow down your business? Should you keep your products and inventory at home, do you have the room for that? And make sure you have the room for proper organization! Your place needs to be big enough to benefit your work rather than ruin it. Furthermore, it should be safe from threats to your business. If your work isn’t secure where you live – as in, the location stops it from being feasible for whatever reason – then working from home might be a bad idea. Always be prepared to leave.

How many people are working on your project?

Maybe you need people working with you in person. That’s great and there’s nothing wrong with that, but please ask yourself: will they fit in your house? If not, find a new space. You do not want your staff to work so closely together they get sick of each other, and homes are an easy place for that to happen. Keep in mind, it is completely possible for a team to have unity and solidarity from remote locations. There is not a reason to overcrowd your space if you don’t have to.

Do you have the time at home with no distractions?

Many of us, at the age we start building our own businesses, start to have kids as well. The truth is that if you’re going to work from home, you need time to do so. And I don’t find it insensitive to point out that kids, of course, occupy a lot of time. If your family is distracting you find ways occupy young kids. Pro-tip: consider making your ‘work’ time their ‘learning’ time by sneaking in math or reading based games. If that’s still not working for you though you might want to evaluate if working from home is the best option for you.

What’s your Long Term Goal?

A little advice: before any big or rash decisions about where to place your workspace, decide what your ultimate long term goals are and then make a list of how to accomplish them. If you want to expand to work outside of your own house and this is a waste of time, maybe you should move. If your goals are big, do what you need to accomplish them. In fact, going back to family, maybe the distractions of home are too much. Maybe cutting costs isn’t worth less productivity in those cases. Ultimately, while I believe in saving as much money as possible, I also know that spending more in the short run can save more in the long run. So set those goals and use your wisdom to make them happen!

What’s your experience working from home? Let me know on Twitter @robolitious!