When DIY Becomes TOO Much

I am a big fan of do-it-yourself anything, well almost. That is just the kind of person I am. It is a great feeling to know you can do something yourself. Kind of empowering. I make my own household cleaners. I’ve made my own laundry soap. I make a lot of different breads from scratch such as, dinner rolls, bread sticks, pizza dough etc…

I absolutely love making decorations for my kid’s birthday parties. A friend of mine has a cricut and let me just say I am an addict.

Made for Addy's 1st Birthday

Made for Addy’s 1st Birthday

But what happens when it becomes too much? Or I should say, is there such a thing as too much? I personally believe there is a line that can be crossed. And I think that it is different per person and family situation.

When your DIY projects takes you away from your more essential duties in the home. I am not talking about a one day project but on a day-to-day basis you find yourself scouring more DIY’s projects, focusing your time and energy in them instead of keeping house, like you husband enabled you to stay home to do in the first place. If you are consistently excusing your homes disarray because of your projects. You may be doing too much.

Or how about when you start a half-dozen DIY projects and just haven’t come around to finishing them. I have been in this one a time or two. My house becomes cluttered up with parts and pieces, tools and hardware from various incomplete projects. When I was pregnant with my first, I had several things going on. My nesting phase turned into a finish all my projects so my home looks like a home and not a shed or garage.

An other instance of too much DIY is when your family becomes the guinea pig for too many projects. I personally got carried away with DIY shampoo and conditioner. I can’t count the many different methods of cleaning our hair that I tried and in the end it still did not satisfy. I was disappointed and our hair was not happy with us either. In my defense I was trying to cut expenses anywhere I could. Once again you have to consider the cost savings versus the stress and effectiveness of making it.

Cake table for a wedding I decorated

Cake table for a wedding I decorated

Too much DIY can cause a lot of tension in your home. Which in my opinion completely negates what I do it for. I want my home to have a cozier more personal touch. If your DIY drives people away then it is time to back off for a little bit. Regroup and maybe try a different approach.

I still DIY but I don’t just get carried away by the latest craze on Pinterest. I sit back and really consider, the time and expense. Just because it is cute or cool does not mean it fits my house.
I first have to ask myself several questions.

  • Is it worth while to do the project?
  • Can I realistically finish it?
  • Do I have the funds and know how to complete this project?
  • Will it make my home a better place?
  • Am I going to have to continue this from week to week (like making laundry soap), and if so is that going to be an added stress or relief?

Your efforts should pay off. Your home should run smoother or make things simpler. The cost savings in making a product instead of buying should not cause undue amounts of stress. The unfinished homemade decor should not become a clutter sore spot in your home.

Take time to walk around your home and make note of things that need to be taken care of and resolve to do them. One at a time. I think you will be surprised how satisfied you feel when it is done and out-of-the-way. That your house look cleaner now. And more than likely it will motivate you to do an other.

Where is that line for you, when DIY becomes too much? Comment below and let me know.

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