We open on a geeky tangent, but please indulge me. Avengers: Endgame is doing gangbusters at the boxoffices and shattering box office records left, right and centre… But perhaps the mighty Thor shouldn’t be the only one picking up a hammer? In recent years it seems that women and men alike are increasingly apprehensive about taking even simple DIY tasks on themselves. This is a shame because not only can DIY be a great money saver in an era when all of us could benefit from saving as much as we can, it can also be extremely empowering.
Of course, I understand why so many are loathe to pick up the hammer. Like Thor himself you may worry that you’re not worthy… Which is to say you worry that your nascent DIY project could do horribly, horribly wrong. Nonetheless, for those with the courage to pick up the metaphorical (and literal) hammer, there comes a feeling of supreme empowerment and the knowledge that you can fix virtually anything that goes wrong in the house without needing to rely on outside help. Here are some reasons why women (and pretty much everyone else) should DIY more…
New tools are inexpensive and last for years upon years
Even if you don’t own any tools whatsoever, it’s way less cost prohibitive than you’d think covering all the bases. If you’re pushed for time and struggle to get to your nearest DIY store consider sites like Elmers Hardware which can get quality tools delivered to your door. Not sure where to start. Some tools every woman should own include;
- A hammer
- A set of screwdrivers
- A drill
- A staple gun
- A set of allen keys / hex keys
- A hand saw
- An adjustable wrench
- A tape measure
There’s a wealth of free help out there
It can be bamboozling setting about your nascent DIY career armed with only a few tools and your wits. Fortunately, there are a lot of guides, handy tips and tutorials out there. Youtube is actually an excellent resource for finding tutorials for just about any DIY job. Here are a handful of favourite DIYers on YouTube.
You’ll know you’re shattering stereotypes and misconceptions
If you’re a woman, and especially a millennial woman, conventional wisdom (whatever that means) dictates that you’re in a demographic that doesn’t do DIY. However, imbuing yourself with the tools and the talent you need to tackle any household chore is not only extremely empowering it flies in the face of stereotypes and misconceptions that try to limit your potential.
And finally… It can even benefit the environment!
There was a time when if something stopped working we would repair it. Unfortunately, we now live in an age where if something goes wrong we replace it. This has led to a disposable mindset that does neither the planet not the average wallet many favours.
When you become a comprehensive DIYer you start to interest yourself in what makes things work, and what makes them stop working. Thus, when things go wrong around the house, you become more apt to repair them rather than replacing them… And that’s a much greener solution!