On average in the UK, we spend between £6 billion and £7 billion on decorating and DIY supplies every year. That’s roughly £100 per person – more than double the amount we spend on books! Our national interest in everything from craft activities to home renovation doesn’t seem to be dwindling any time soon, but as any DIY devotee knows, it can sometimes be hard to motivate ourselves through those more repetitive tasks.
Whether you’re sanding your walls in preparation for painting, servicing your sewing machine, or even unpicking your knitting after slipping a stitch – these parts of the DIY process may be necessary, but they’re often less than enjoyable. So how can we keep our motivation levels up when our arms ache and we’re desperate to put down our tools?
The answer is by creating the ultimate DIY playlist. From songs to blast when you’re at the online casino website in the UK, or when you need that perfect beat to plaster your walls to – this article will suggest the best songs for all your DIY needs.
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
Any song by a band called ‘The Foundations’ has to be at the top of an ultimate DIY playlist, whether you’re tackling major house renovation or simply trying your hand at some craft. This classic track from 1968 was an instant hit when it was released, hitting No.1 in the United States and No.2 in the United Kingdom. Not long afterwards, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) confirmed that it had sold more than 1 million copies in the United States.
The song remains popular more than fifty years later, thanks to its catchy tune and memorable words. Its strong and steady beat makes it the perfect track to play in the background of any task that requires focus, while its lyrics – which describe holding onto hope in the face of rejection – somehow still manage to boost our morale.
The Knitting Song – Bill Oddie
‘The Knitting Song’ by Bill Oddie must be the only rock ‘n’ roll song ever to include such detailed instructions on how to knit a sweater in various stitches. Recorded as a single in the 1960s, five years before Oddie found fame as a member of the comedy trio the Goodies, this song contains lyrics such as ‘I’m just going to knit my blues away’ and ‘You take one needle in your right hand, you take one needle in your left hand. We’re all going to knit a tea cosy, all right?’
Hammer and A Nail – Indigo Girls
‘Gotta get out of bed, get a hammer and a nail / Learn how to use my hands, not just my head … My life is more than a vision / The sweetest part is acting after making a decision’. The lyrics of this 1991 track by the Indigo Girls, an American folk-rock duo, are the perfect ode to anyone who’s felt the rush of satisfaction that comes from seeing your handiwork completed. There’s no doubt about it – this song will spur you on through any number of setbacks.
With these tracks, you’re well on your way to creating the ultimate DIY playlist! Why not compile your own list today?