One of the best ways to save money when getting ready to move into any new place, especially a dorm room, is to Do It Yourself. DIY is everywhere these days, and just about anything you might be lusting after with a hefty price tag can be made super easily on a budget. But  DIY projects can seem really daunting, especially if you’re not usually the crafty type. Fear not, I have some simple steps to help you tackle your first or your 101st DIY project with ease!

STEP 1: Read the Directions

Now this might seem like a no-brainer to some, but just bear with me.

Personally, I’m likely to dive head first into a project before I’ve even read the directions. My thought process is generally along the lines of “ooh pretty! I could totally do that.” Which I probably could, but I run into a lot more problems this way than if I were to sit down and read all of the directions before starting. Often the directions on DIY projects have lots of helpful tips and hints, and they’re coming from someone who already did this DIY. 

If you’re like me, save yourself some frustration, and read all of the directions before you start.

Step 2: Ignore the Directions

You might be thinking, what was the point of reading the directions if I’m going to ignore them? Well, this step won’t always apply, but it can make a big difference when it does. Like the tips and hints in the directions, you might know some neat little factoids that can save you time and effort. Everyone does DIY differently, and the directions aren’t gospel. Like the pirate code, they’re guidelines. So, if you know a better, faster, easier way to get the same result, go for it!

Step 3: Go Shopping/Scavenging

You’ve read the directions, made mental notes (or maybe actually written down some notes), now it’s time to get the materials you’ll need. If you know you have the materials lying around somewhere, now is the time to find them. You’ll want them all set up and ready to go before you start; there’s nothing worse than realizing in the middle of the project that you need something and it’s probably buried in the back of a closet somewhere. If you don’t have what you need already, it’s time for a shopping trip! But remember, you’re on a budget so be careful not to overspend.

Step 4: Ready, Set, DIY

Make sure to keep the directions in front of you for reference. Double check that you have everything you’ll need. Once you’ve checked and double checked everything is set up for smooth sailing, go ahead and get started on your DIY project!

Step 5: Enjoy!