We are living in interesting times right now, and if you’re among the many staying at home and shutdown out of concern for your health and the health of those around you, among your many worries is probably the question of how you are going to keep yourself and your family from going stir-crazy while you’re cooped up for a yet-to-be-determined period of time.
Rather than let current events get you down, we recommend adopting a DIY way of thinking: look for the opportunities in potential catastrophe. Sure, the world looks a little broken right now, and everything is an uncertain mess. But, when things break, it is just an opportunity to fix and improve.
You can’t fix the world, but you can maintain, repair, and upgrade your little corner of it. If you’re stuck at home for the foreseeable future, it might be time to get started on some of those DIY projects that you’ve been meaning to get to, but just couldn’t find the time for.
Since times of crisis are when families most need to pull together, this article will give you a few DIY ideas that you can get the whole family involved in, distracting them from the worries of the world outside while strengthening the bonds that will see you through these uncertain times (don’t worry if no one in your family has DIY in their DNA, our PDF and video how-to guides are great resources for mastering the handyman basics).
Repaint a room – or all of them!
Change is as good as a holiday, and we could all use a holiday from reality right now. Not only does painting a room give you an excuse to get your whole family involved in home improvement, but friendly paint fights are great chance to add some levity to your lives. And when you’re done, the room you paint will stand as a long-time reminder of family fun and togetherness.
If paint’s not your thing, consider replacing old or faded wallpaper to give a room a facelift. It’s more challenging than simply painting a room, but if you’ve got kids that just means having a chance to teach them a new skill. Again, our how-to guides are a great resource, and if you’re not familiar with hanging wallpaper yourself, you can learn the skill right alongside your children – the perfect circumstances for parental bonding.
Update your fittings and finishes
From outdated light fittings to loose and unattractive skirting boards, everyone’s home is filled with little odds and ends that could stand to be improved. They might not seem like a big deal now, but if you’re going to be spending a lot of time at home, those little gripes could quickly become frustrating imperfections that you can’t help but be bothered by. Take the time to go through your home with your husband, wife, or kids and make a home improvement to-do list. After all, nothing passes the time like working your way through a structured plan of action.
Rewire every faulty plug in your house
If you’ve got kids, this is another opportunity to teach them a useful skill (kids love to learn, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise). Whether you’ve got a surplus of wonky plugs or you just want to convert your annoying 2-pin plugs to the more reliable 3-pin option, this could be the perfect time to go all-out and replace near every plug in your home.
All jokes aside, it is imperative that you take care of your family’s health. For the foreseeable future, self-isolation appear to be the best course of action in preventing the spread OF Covid-19. DIY projects are a great way to bring the family together and keep yourselves distracted during these difficult times, but if you’re going to stock up on equipment and supplies, it’s best to do your shopping online.
Here at Mercury Build it, we offer a delivery service as well as secure collection of products ordered online, minimising your interaction with people whose health status you do not know. Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries about out delivery or collection services. Otherwise, browse our wide range of hardware, décor, and DIY products and get started on those home improvement plans!