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Save Time, Save Money with DIY Project Preparation

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DIY projects have their perks:

  • You don’t have to pay anyone for labor.
  • You get it done around your schedule.
  • You can save money.

I write down what I will accomplish in my notebook. I call it my project journal.

I then take the necessary steps to complete the project. I read up on how to sand properly. I was sure to use safety precautions.

One part that you really have to prepare for is clean up.

It can save you time and money to do so.

Save Time, Save Money with DIY Project Preparation

Sometimes we don’t think about cleaning up a project until the end. Knowing in advance how messy a project can get and preparing for that is a vital part of carrying out a successful project. It also won’t take hours to clean up.

Step 1. Do a little research.

Step 2. Prepare how you will clean up beforehand.

Step 3 Once finished clean up quickly with needed items.


I was sure to look up how to sand efficiently. I got the best result with the least amount of effort! You also won’t waste paper or damage anything (which can cost you more) if you are sure to do things the right way and prepare. (Hooray!)I had to sand the riser part of my staircase.

DIY sander project
I had a date with my sander.


This is what was left on the tread part of the stairs after sanding.


DIY sander project
It’s easy to track dust everywhere if you’re not careful. I made sure to wipe my sneakers off on a nearby welcome mat.


I found that the dust pan alone didn’t get everything up.

DIY project stairs

Luckily, I knew this in advance so I had materials handy to wipe down the remaining mess.

I had to get a damp cloth to remove the remaining sand and dust particles from the area.


diy stairs
Here’s the step after cleaning off the sanded paint. I just have to do the painting.


The Bottom Line

It is possible to complete work around your home for less. It’s important to plan out how you will clean up in advance. This can cut down the time the project takes and save you money in the process. Knowing in advance how messy a project can get and preparing for that is important.¬† Also be sure to follow proper safety guidelines especially when using tools. You can save a bundle of money this way.

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