The Tack family, Malissa and Chris, live in a $140 square feet house. The entire house set them back somewhere about $20 000. The most interesting thing about this home is that they built it by themselves from the scratch. Every single thing is built by their hands. Their home is the proof that DIY can go a long way. Knowing that Chris is a photographer and Malissa is a 3D artist means that you don’t have to be an architect or an engineer to do big things. If you prefer living in a home that somebody else made, there are still ways to save tons of money by taking matters into your own hands.
You can buy your clothes or you can have them made. There is the option of making them yourself that hardly anybody uses. You don’t have to become a new fashion designer, but you can reduce your clothes costs significantly if you learn to sew some basic stuff. It is unbelievably easy to make a pencil skirt. You can learn how to make your own cut in half a day and you just need a bit of practice to sew it right. Accessories like bags, gloves, scarfs and hats are also easy to make. In a couple of months, even a button down shirt and tons of dresses will be a routine project for you. Not only that this will save you money, it will also allow you to dress precisely how you want.
There is a plethora of tutorials online on how to refurbish your furniture. Wooden furniture will need some careful sanding, painting and protecting. It is important that you have the right tools to do this and the patience to pull it through. All those chairs, desks and tables will look new. Kitchen cabinets will change the appearance of the entire room. Even so, if you check out the trendy furniture today, you will find amazing ways to make your own furniture using eco pallets. They are like furniture Legos for DIY fans.
A couple of carefully selected cordless tool kits will make you spend the entire summer remodeling your home and the outdoors. Begin with clearing up your home for painting. You can paint the walls yourself and save the money there. While you do that, refurbish that furniture or make the new one using pallets. Throw away or donate everything that you don’t use anymore. Clean the home thoroughly before putting everything back inside.
The next step is to deal with the insulation. This is something that will save you a lot on electricity bills. The beginner’s level is spraying insulation foam around doors and windows and putting the film on the glass. The advanced level would be installing the panels on the walls and putting the insulation on the attic. Either way, doing this on your own will save you money and your cooling and heating bills will drop.
Once you do all that work, your home needs to be cleaned. These products cost a fortune. You can make them yourself. 1:4 mixture of borax and vinegar will clean your toilet bowl. Mixing a cup of oil based liquid soap with just as much water and 2 cups of baking soda will clean your tub. Especially if you add a bit of vinegar to the mixture. The list of recipes is endless if you want to make them on your own and save tons of money.
While learning and improving DIY skills may take a while, it pays off. It is fun and it is creative. Also, everything feels so much better when you make it yourself.