Prepare To Succeed: 3 Things You Need Before DIYing

When preparing to start a DIY task, most of us will know the value of preparation. We make sure we have all the right supplies for the job, that we have an outline of how the work should proceed in our minds, and that we clear the work area so we can focus solely on the task at hand. 

All of the above preparation is incredibly important, but it’s not quite the full story.

There is one element of preparation that even the most experienced DIYer can sometimes forget: preparing yourself for the work you’re about to undertake, whether it be installing a new blind or changing a radiator.

As a result, we thought it’d be handy to compile a list of all the things you need, or need to have done, prior to starting your next DIY project… 

#1 – The right safety equipment and clothing

Whether it’s a pair of goggles to protect your eyes from dust, a respirator for use around potentially toxic fumes, or just a pair of gloves to guard against sharp edges, or work pants from brands such as FXD at, safety equipment, and work-suitable clothing is a vital inclusion in your preparation.

When planning, think about each stage of the project and then ensure you have everything you need to work from start-to-finish with maximum protection and clothing suitability for the task at hand. 

#2 – First aid supplies and a cellphone close to hand 

DIY is a great way to improve your home, but accidents can and do happen – which means having a first aid kit nearby when you embark on any project is incredibly important.

You can buy a premade kit, or put one together yourself by following the advice on

Furthermore, it’s advisable to always have a cell phone close to hand when conducting DIY; both so you can call for assistance if needed, and so you can Google any problems you encounter in the midst of the project.

However, a word of advice: make sure your phone is properly protected by a case and screen protector if you’re going to keep it near a DIY project, just so you can reduce the risk of any accidental damage. 

#3 – A clear schedule with no other pressing tasks

In order to complete a DIY project to the best degree of success, you need time.

The moment anyone embarking on DIY work feels that they’re rushing, the more pressure they feel – and very few of us operate at our very best when we’re feeling pressured and stressed.

It’s therefore worth completely clearing your schedule for the day when you settle to DIY, so there are no thoughts in the back of your mind, such as a pressing need to finish by a set time so you can go to the gym or or grocery store.

Giving yourself time will ensure you can just focus on what the project actually requires, which should help to guarantee the best possible results.

In conclusion

If there’s one golden rule of DIY, it’s that good preparation is a huge contributor to the chances of a successfully completed project.

It’s therefore helpful to keep the above tips in mind so that you can extend that preparation beyond the task itself and focus on how you can prepare you for the work ahead.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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