When you walk into a person’s home, you learn a lot about them. Their choice of furniture, the way they decorate their walls, and the pictures they have on top of the mantle all give an indication of who they are and what things they value. Interestingly, when you walk into the homes of many people, the homes seem like clones of one another. This is because a lot of the items that people have inside their homes are purchased from a department store that sells manufactured items to everyone in the community. So everyone has the same television, the same style of couch, the same silverware, and the same shower curtain. One way to break out of the rut and really show your personality in your home is by making your own furniture, decorations, and dishes.
There are so many benefits that come from doing do-it-yourself projects in the home. One of the greatest benefits is that it helps put you into contact with the things that make humans human. There are so many things that happen on the planet that are outside a human’s ability to understand, but when you design something yourself, or build something yourself, you will be able to look at it and know that you understand how it was made, how it works, and why it works. This understanding will give the item you create for your home a special meaning.
Additionally, doing a build it yourself project in your home, like making a dresser for your child’s bedroom using nothing more than a steel tube and a welding iron, will help you to understand how challenging and at times time-consuming it can be to make the products that that most people have become accustomed to purchasing with the swipe of a card. There are valuable object lessons that come from building and creating things yourself.
Finally, a do-it-yourself project gives you the ability to activate your hands and your brain. There is a reason why humans are designed with opposable thumbs. It is because they have been given an innate desire to create. There is a feeling of joy and reward that comes from making something with your own hands that cannot be found any other way. You will see that you value the objects that you made yourself more than any other objects in your home. If a picture frame you purchased at the department store falls and breaks, you won’t mind. However, if it is something that you had to make yourself, you will feel sorrow if it gets broken. Do-it-yourself projects will expand your mind, your creativity, and your personality in a way that may surprise you.