I recently started to research the DIY phenomenon and what’s behind the widespread growth.
I was able to find one fairly recent study.
Click HERE to listen to the podcast on the research.
The best research I found on the topic was a paper written in Australia for the Journal of Consumer Research. Click HERE to read more on the research.
Here’s the gist: people who DIY often reach for expectations that are too high because of social media and what’s on television. Like you, I look at all of the wonderful posts on-line of beautiful DIY projects and want to do them all. But, I wonder if we put unreasonable goals on ourselves. Maybe we should find a niche, something we enjoy where we can excel.
Whether you’re a stay at home mom, or dad, or have a full-time career, there isn’t enough time in the day to become an expert on every single project you see.
Just last night, I was at a birthday party with my girlfriends. I approached the birthday girl and said, “I want to do a podcast on your house.”
Out of all of my friends, she has the best space with a combination of new and old. The story on the history is even amazing.
So, she lowered her voice and said, “I broke down and hired a designer for my basement.” She then confided in me that she couldn’t be happier.
She’s a mother of baby twins AND starting her own photography business. Should she feel ashamed for not being able to do it all?
Regardless, I know you can do a lot on your own. Be daring and put your own personal style on your space. But, don’t let the home shows and the social media sites make you feel like you’re inadequate if you’re projects fail. I want this blog to liberate you. Everyone has something they do well. Do that, and then don’t feel like a failure when you need to ask for help of hire a professional.
HERE’s a great article on the difficulties of DIYers from The Boston Globe.
If there’s something you need, maybe I can help. I’m right there learning with you.
Find out how I made the massive headboard HERE.