2020 Was the Year of DIY Projects: Here’s How to Build On It for 2021


Did you start a flurry of home improvement projects in the year 2020? Lots of us did! Now you can take that home improvement energy into the new year, with a range of smart DIY projects and help from the right resources.

The Rise of Home Improvement 2020

Last October, experts estimated that home improvement spending would rise approximately 8.7% by the end of 2020. When you’re stuck at home, you can’t help but notice problems like crooked shelves in the bathroom, patches of weeds in the backyard, and stains in the carpet. 

DIY Projects and Home Improvement Resources

Aside from resources like Pinterest and YouTube, where you can get ideas and search out tutorials, there are a number of helpful online resources where you can find inspiration and helpful information to finish your home improvement projects. 

  • Skillshare is an online platform with classes in a range of topics, so you can learn a new skill or start a new hobby – especially related to interior design and crafts.  
  • Young House Love is one of the most well-known DIY blogs. It is run by a married couple who take on new projects with each new home they move into.
  • Remodelaholic has tutorials aimed at homeowners trying to do everything from build a chicken coop to make a coffee table. 
  • Retrorenovation is for those DIYers who take home improvement and remodeling notes every time they watch a new episode of Mad Men.

And of course, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the trusty teams on This Old House and Bob Vila

Safe Hands-on DIY Projects for the New Year

Looking for a place to start? Here’s our list of recommended projects for the upcoming year. 

Re-organize the garage. Did you buy extra holiday decorations to brighten the dark winter? Make space for them in the garage. Sort and organize, sell what you don’t need, then finish the job with new shelves and a loft storage area. 

Upgrade backyard landscaping. Maybe you fixed up the front yard last year – now it’s time to finish that project with a backyard renovation! Install pathways, pull up those weeds, put in some new garden beds and maybe build a short retaining wall to contain some new berry bushes.

Make an outdoor entertaining space. The pandemic is going to end someday, and when it does, you’re going to want somewhere to party! Make a deck or a stone patio where you can enjoy the outdoors, grill, and spend time with loved ones. 

Perfect your home office. If you haven’t done this already, now is the time. Make your home office the perfect place to get work done in 2021

Paint two-tone cabinets. Bring some color into your life with two-tone cabinets in your kitchen! This project can change the whole look and feel of your kitchen, for the better!

Here’s to hoping that 2021 will be fruitful and fun for you and yours. With these home improvement projects on your list, the time should go quickly and happily. 

About the Author: Kathryn Elwell grew up in the Midwest. She has experience in management and human resources, and has been writing on these topics and more for 12 years.

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