For those of you who are big DIYers or into making handmade items you may have experienced people asking you why you bother to make something when you could just buy it. Or why you don't just pay someone to do something instead of figuring it out yourself. I have been thinking about this a lot lately and thought it would be fun to discuss.
Here are MY reasons in no particular order......
* It is FUN. I like it.
I get a rush, a thrill when I am creating something. It is a natural high (who is singing Safety Kids right now???). I think if I didn't like it so much I wouldn't do it as often. Even with the other reasons. It is also a stress reliever.
*It saves us money.
More often than not when I build, refinish, or fix something it is a lot cheaper than hiring it out or buying it. And in the 12 years of marriage there has never been a time when money wasn't tight. I am so glad I didn't wait until we had the money to hire it all out. I am so glad we plugged along doing a little project here and there when our budget allowed. I wish I would have kept track of how much everything was so I could figure out what it would have cost to have paid someone. Wouldn't that be cool to see the savings in black and white?
*I get a HUGE sense of satisfaction when I complete something, especially if it was hard or my first time doing it.
I like to challenge myself. I like learning new things. I think when you make something and have put yourself into it you love it more than if you had bought it. And I know that my kids take better care of the things they have helped with because of their sense of pride.
*I am teaching my kids to be self sufficient and handy.
I love that when something breaks (even something as simple as a toy) my boys assume that we will fix it. I like that they see us problem solving and working around the house. They have started helping more and more now that they are getting a little older. I don't care if they grow up and decided they don't want to build furniture. I want them to have the confidence that if they want to, they can. I want them to have basic knowledge in how to fix things so that one day they can help save their family money and feel pride in doing things for themselves.
*I get joy out of helping others
This is the whole reason I started my blog. I wanted to share my ideas with others and have them share theirs with me. My goal is that every single on of the people that read my blog will learn how to use power tools. My other goal is to inspire you to get outside your comfort zones. And for some of you those two things go hand in hand :)
*I have no fashion sense
If I am going to be wearing grubby out of date clothes I might as well be painting, staining, and sawing something.... right?
*I love having unique one of a kind items.
I love that our little quirky house doesn't look like any other house around. And I love that the things I build and make are also one of a kind. I don't know why, but I have always been that way.
I am sure there are a million reason why we all do what we do. I would love to hear some of YOUR reason why you do-it-yourself rather than hire it out or buy. Please leave a comment and share :)
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