One of the comments I often see on blog posts describing particularly difficult or time-consuming DIY projects is something to the effect of “Why?”
For example, recently Raine @ Bucilla asked in regard to my mini side table, “This is a cool idea, and very ingenious, but wouldn’t be easier and simpler to just buy a mini side table right from the start ? :)”
That’s a good question, Raine. I’m glad you asked. (BTW, thanks for the compliment.)
There are many reasons to DIY. Below are just a few. Let’s continue using the side table as an example.
Here are just a few cases when DIY might not be in your best interest.
Deciding to build a side table yourself, instead of buying one, is a personal decision. You have to weigh the pros and cons that pertain to your situation. No one else can do that for you.
Personally, reason #7 (above) for doing it yourself weighs heavily in my to-DIY-or-not-to-DIY decisions. For me, there are few things in life more rewarding than a job well done. For other folks, that wouldn’t even be a consideration.
Because choosing how one spends one’s time is so personal, I never judge someone for spending countless hours building something that I wouldn’t deem justified. I’m not qualified to decide whether an endeavor was worth the time and effort for him/her. I can appreciate his/her work or not. It doesn’t matter because he/she didn’t build it for me. And whether that person wasted his/her time is none of my business.
No one can please everyone 100 percent of the time. If you find yourself among those who are not pleased with a certain creator’s work, you don’t have to watch it, read it, listen to it, look at it. As in a museum, just walk away and find something else you can appreciate. There’s no need to ridicule him/her because you can’t understand why everyone else seems to love his/her work.
I’ve thought about this topic a lot lately because my time was increasingly being filled up with things I would rather not be doing, and I was tired of unfinished projects around my apartment.
Instead of building everything from scratch (which is my first inclination), I found inexpensive substitutes and splurged here and there. The result? I still have unfinished projects, but the list is shorter and more manageable. I now have time to pursue more fun blog projects (and my craft book!). And my apartment already feels like a home.
Over the next several weeks I’ll share some of the purchases I recently made—the bargains and splurges alike. I won’t show you my whole apartment yet because it’s still a work in progress. But I hope you like the preview. And if you don’t, feel free to move along.