The concept of DIY (Do-it-yourself)

From the beginning man has always been creative. One doesn’t need to be an artist to be able to tap into that talent. It is part of us. It is what has been pushing us to invent things to make our lives more safe, interesting and beautiful.

Despite having standards of how things should be done, people invent their own ways of bending them. DIY was a subculture founded in the 1970’s by the punk movement. This started in the music industry where small bands started their own recordings and making their own tours instead of depending on music companies.

In the decades that followed, DIY spread to other aspects of life, the main issue being house improvement. This was fueled by the fact that it is more expensive to buy materials and hire laborers as many people can’t afford that. With some basic knowledge of handling of the required tools and materials, people were able to invent their own ways and thus, create a unique home.

Another reason was the concept of the three R’s; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. This is also known as waste management. We throw away so many things, some of which can be used for other purposes such as old jars can be used to store other items and old newspapers can be used to wrap items especially when you are moving from your home.

Recently, through the use of social media websites especially YouTube and Pinterest, there are a lot of posts and videos of DIY. From home improvement to fashion and beauty to knitting and crocheting, it has covered almost every aspect of our everyday life.

There are also DIY communities such as Hometalk which is the largest DIY community. The aim is to encourage more people to do DIY projects. Moe Mernick, who leads biz dev at Hometalk explains “Think about the experience of building your own home. Going into Home Depot, but being accompanied with your friends who can give you advice on what to choose and how to decorate. Think about building it together with your community that is just as excited about the project as you.”

DIY also helps to reduce stress by diverting your attention into creative work. In the DIY videos the projects seem to be easy but may not always be easy. Also, many people may watch the video out of curiosity but may not necessarily do it.

However, DIY isn’t given much attention as a lot of work is done in automation such as autonomous cars. It’s true that such facilities will make life easier for us but it can also make us lazier. DIY helps us to use our brains to solve problems and be more creative.

Garima Nabh is the founder of New Age Magazine.

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