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Cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, gardening, sewing, and basic household repairs.

A century ago, these were essential skills but modern conveniences have sort of taken over. How are you guys with these skills? It seems that people know how to do fewer and fewer things as their reliance on technology grows and their schedules become busier than ever.

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Cooking - I've been cooking since I was in kindergarten or first grade. I enjoy cooking and do it almost every day. In my view, this is one of the most important skills since it's very relevant even in our modern day and age. I hand-sharpen my own knives with waterstones and only buy carbon steel ones, taking meticulous care of them. No dishwasher nonsense since I do my dishes by hand right after I'm done cooking and eating.

Cleaning - I'm a bit of a slob since I'm very disorganized, but I don't tolerate dirtiness. I know how to clean and I still do it when necessary even though I don't fold my clothes very consistently and my book shelf is a mess.

Laundry - I can actually use a washboard. I brought one to college and it's actually quite convenient for undergarments and socks. A washing machine is the sane choice nowadays, though. If the weather is sunny, I might hang my clothes out to dry in order to save electricity. I am too lazy to fold my clothes. I iron my shirts once in a blue moon, so I usually get wrinkle-resistant ones that don't need ironing. Dry cleaner takes care of my nicer coats.

Gardening - I know basics and can make almost anything grow and stay alive, but it takes a lot of effort to make sure they all flourish. I don't have that skill to tend an entire garden but one or two nice plants is doable. I'm not too good with seasonal stuff but I know how to raise earthworms and use table scraps and dish water for compost. I also know how to trim rosebushes, how to weed with a sickle, and how to cut grass with a scythe.

Sewing - I haven't done much these last few years other than repair/reinforce seams and reattach buttons, but I'm trying to get better over the summer with a bunch of sewing projects. I still use my grandma's ancient hand-cranked Singer sewing machine from like 1903 or something. I don't know how to use modern sewing machines. I prefer to do it by hand, though.

Household repairs
- I don't mess with electrical stuff since I'm paranoid I'll be electrocuted, but I can do caulking and basic stuff with a saw, hammer, nails. I don't have power tools so what I can do is limited.


My grandma grew up in a farming community and she was the one who raised me, which explains a lot.
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I don't do much gardening as my backyard is extremely small, and I don't do much sewing, but otherwise I do the rest.
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housekeepers cost little
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Cooking - yup. I can do basic cooking. Would like to get into fancier cooking at some point though; but I can make beef patties out of hamburger/boil pasta/stuff like that. For some reason though I suck at making dressings/sauces from scratch even though I've tried. Wondering if it was the olive oil I used....

Cleaning -Oh heck yes. Vacuuming, dusting, hauling clutter, you name it; and no dishwasher stuff. Never had one, don't like them (I know people who do have them) and don't believe they get the dishes very clean, either, from seeing/feeling the dishes of others who have them.

Laundry - We've never really been in ironing anything; but I know how to do laundry and what to do and not to do regarding new clothes, colors, handling bleach safely, etc.

Gardening - Basics here too. Using Miracle Grow and all that. Plus if I have any questions at all, the 'all-knowing' Farmer's Almanac is great

Sewing - I used to. I also used to be able to knit and was good at crocheting too. now though, I Just do some reasonable shopping but I can still pin and follow a pattern and darn (literally; like darning socks).

Household repairs - I don't touch electrical. I think I might die XD but I help my parents with stuff around the house and household projects. I could do certain things with help.
Posted 5/31/15
Im not gonna lie I suck at 99% of these and hope I marry a girl who can help my sorry ass with them
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Cooking - Yes I can cook pretty well. I don't like to do it though.

Cleaning - My parents have their own cleaning business that I was forced to help with from a very young age so those skills have been there from the start.

Laundry - I can do it fine.

Gardening - Not really my thing.

Sewing - I have made clothing before but my skills aren't very good. Simple repairs I can do just fine though.

Repairs - If I really wanted to I could probably figure out most things but I'm a bit lazy there and would rather not. Except electronics...I do kind of like taking those apart to try and fix them but only when they are basically lost causes and wouldn't get repaired anyway.
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I can do all those you listed very well. To be fair I haven't done gardening or sewing recently though. Have done some landscaping though.
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I'm good at cleaning, just not in my room.
I'm very good at laundry work because it's easy and ironing is a must because creased clothing annoys me.
I'm decent at cooking, I just takes too much time up.
The other household work I do not bother with.

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That's women's work! And due to the absence of one, women's work is never done.
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I can do cleaning (well some things) and laundry. Thats about it.
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Wow, I'm pleasantly surprised. Seems that most people I know in real life can't really do any of these except for, perhaps, laundry.
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Morbidhanson wrote:

Wow, I'm actually surprised. Seems that most people I know in real life can't really do any of these except for, perhaps, laundry.


Most people are lazy these days and have it easier. That and they don't need to know some of this stuff as much.
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Cooking, cleaning and laundry are pretty much all I've been doing at my house since I was the oldest and the only girl. It's nothing too crazy just I know how to cook rice and some simple foods like egg and I can follow a cook book. Know how to handle a vacuum, wash the dishes and dust the house. Laundry is really simple though my brothers who are younger (one is seventeen and the other is twenty) don't know how to fold clothes so well.

I know how to sew enough to handle tears and basic household repairs I'm not so confident about.

I remember when I was living on campus my suite mate came in and asked me and everyone how to do laundry and before I spoke up she left saying she'd figure it out. Sadly she came back and all her clothes shrunk....So I'm grateful I know enough.
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Cooking, cleaning and laundry are things I do practically every day. I've been cooking my meals since I was 13-14, so I think I'm decent at it. I love preparing steak and making homemade burgers most though. I can do household repairs, but I'll just call an electrician or plumber for more time-consuming things.
Posted 5/31/15
I can do the cleaning thing quite well, the laundry is OK although sometimes i completely forget about it, and cooking is fun occasionally.
All of that electrical/repair stuff is beyond me.
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