5 Ways To Keep Your Sanity While Doing Projects

5 Ways To Keep Your Sanity While Doing Projects

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Sarah Rae Smith
Feb 18, 2010

Doing a little DIY around the home is a fabulous way to boost your confidence and make your personalize your space, but as we know all too well, one small project can soon take over your entire home (or at least it feels that way). 5 tips for keeping your cool along the way are after the jump!

Make Your Bed: At the end of the day, it's nice to have one area that's clean and ready for you to resort back to. Your bed is (hopefully) the ultimate source of comfort and having it made and ready to climb into can make the giant paint explosion in your kitchen seem oh so far away!

Have A Towel Handy: A wet or dry towel can be your best friend during a project and can save you from running to the bathroom to clean up, or can wipe away dust at the flick of a wrist. Knowing where one is without digging through drawers (or your laundry) is a good thing!

Take A Peek In The Fridge: There's nothing worse than working on an empty stomach, but most of us get in the diy groove and either forget to eat, or keep saying we'll eat in a minute. The next thing you know, the sun has gone down and you feel a little sick and not like cooking. Taking a quick peek in the fridge will let you know there's an apple to grab or even a pickle or two that's handy without pulling out the goods for an all out sandwich.

Take Care of Animals: There's nothing more awesome than a dog that INSISTS on going outside or a cat who keeps rubbing up against you while you're trying to paint something. Making sure they're a little tired before you start allows you the freedom to do what you wish without having to stop half way to take Fido around the block.

Icy Beverage: It sounds silly, but any job is best done with a beverage on stand-by. Really! Being thirsty makes for bad decision making and to think, you're head would have been screwed on straight if only you would have poured a little lemon-aid before you started!

Do you have a tip or suggestion of things to do before starting a project? We also make sure we put on shoes, that way we don't have aching feet or worry about power tools while we're working — but no one wants to talk about feet and we probably go barefoot more often than most!

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