I'm Starting A 30-Day DIY Home Project

I am updating our home and I’ve noticed how reliant I am on others.  We want something, we go to the store and buy it. If something breaks, we buy a new one.  It has become a life that we tend to need to know less and less.

Our food is prepared for us so we can spend our time on something else.  Our phones remember all of the phone numbers we need to know (and if we don’t have that number we can always google it).

With that being said I’m going to start a 30-day DIY home project and in this post, I’m going to outline the rules and guidelines I’ll be using for the next 30-days.  If you’d like to follow along with me, I’ve created a checklist of what I’ll be using that you can print off and use.

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Making everything from scratch is going to be tough but I’m up for the challenge.  The more and more I got to thinking about everything that is done for me got me thinking about how fragile the system is.

2 weeks ago a transformer blew about 3 blocks from our house about an hour before dinner time.  The longer the power was out the hungrier my family got so we hopped into the car to find the closest place to eat that had power.

As it turned out, we had to go across town to find the closest place to eat that:

  1. Had power

  2. Had seating

  3. Was an edible place to eat

This was the moment that I really started thinking about how reliant we are on “the system” to keep us going.

Now, this doesn’t mean that I’m going “off grid” or anything crazy like that (hats off to those who have made that change, I’m not sure I ever could).

I just want to take it to one level-making most things from scratch.

So let’s talk rules.  

It’s easy to lose sight of the original goal so I think it’s important to create boundaries.  The goal is to make as much as I possibly can from scratch. However, there are limits to how “from scratch” I can go.

During this 30-day span I’m going to allow myself “ingredients” the reason for the quotes is because many people think of ingredients as just food but I’m going much further than that.

At the beginning of this post, I shared with you that I’m updating our home well I do plan on continuing to update our home over the next 30-days so that will be in the mix too.

What is exempt?

Things that are exempt from my handmade project is:

  • Car maintenance (this I will not even attempt right now and shops are set up to recycle and it’ll probably cost less in the long run)

  • If something breaks and is beyond repair (meaning I tried to fix it but it needs to be replaced)

  • Light fixtures, sinks, faucets, etc. (These are not in the handmade category just like car maintenance)

  • I can use my best judgment (meaning if there’s something that I need that I really cannot make myself I can use my best judgment)

What are things that you can expect from me to be making from scratch?

During this 30-day project I will be:

  • Cooking all of the meals from scratch only using ingredients (like fruits, veggies, meat, flour, sugar, etc.)

  • Any cupboards, furniture, or crafts that I make will be used from “ingredients” (like wood, stain, and the items I need to complete the project)

  • Any new clothes that I need or want (I’ll buy the fabric, thread, etc. to complete)

  • Gifts- will need to be handmade

  • Something that might come up that I haven’t thought about yet - I'll keep you posted.

Where will I learn?

During my handmade project, I will be getting my help from YouTube tutorials and blog posts.  There are so many creative and amazing people sharing their experiences with everyone on the internet, it’s the perfect place to find out how to do things I don’t know how to do yet.

I will be posting along the way.

To make myself more accountable I’m going to be sharing my experiences and tutorials with you.

Each week I will be sharing what I was up to during the week.  What I was able to make, what I purchased, and everything I learned which will help hold me accountable for the next 30-days.

I will also be sharing my daily rundown through Instagram stories giving me another layer of accountability.

Okay, so for the next 30-days I will be holding a handmade project.  Learning how to make more things myself and sharing the results with you.  I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and if this would be something you’d be interested in doing.  Remember if you are interested I have the full checklist of things I’ll be using that you can print off below.

Have an amazing day!

Jenn