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Cooking - Yeah, I cook. It's surprising how most people I know can't cook. I also consider cooking an essential skill everybody should have. I mean, besides the enjoyment factor, we eat to stay alive...pretty important. I just hate doing dishes.

Cleaning - In terms of organization, i'm not that organized. I like my work space to be a bit cluttered. During finals, i'd have notes and scratch paper everywhere. When it gets to a point where I just can't take it anymore, I'll clean everything up in one go. Dusty stuff is alright for me but anything past that, nasty.

Laundry - I usually just pop stuff into the washing machine/dryer. I'll wash stuff by hand if I have to.

Gardening - I haven't really tackled gardening yet. I've been wanting to work on a spice garden for cooking with fresh herbs, since buying them gets expensive when you could just grow. I just haven't organized my time really well to fit that project in.

Sewing - Naw...I suck at it. Not really interested in improving either. Maybe someday.

Household repairs - I can handle some basic, I mean basic, electronics. After taking a physics class on electricity, I've been messing with lots of DIY circuitry stuff. Still, i'm not confident in tackling anything involving the house as I don't want to get shocked. I mean...i'll install a fan...
Posted 5/31/15
I can cook, not too hard although when you exclusively cook for yourself you tend to cater to your preferences taste wise.

Laundry is pretty easy especially when you don't own a lot of clothes

I wash my dishes since nobody else will in my family

I like to keep my room semi-cluttered when I do organize it falls apart so fast however if things get dirty I clean it up.

Last time I sewed was in middle school for home ec class.Pretty sure I forgot how to

When I come's to household repairs all's I'm good for is the electrical stuff since it's my job but anything else I'm clueless at.



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wow i have a lot to work on

i can cook some but either i've been without a kitchen or like right now, the kitchen only half works so haven't been able to hone my skills

I excel in the cleaning area though! can't stand a mess >.< I'm also really good at organizing

have done some house repairs but nothing too drastic like plumbing and electrical work

gardening... i want to so badly, dont have a place to do it >.> i can get some potted veggies though, i guess it's not too late?

sewing.. lol.. not even a button. im so lame

Posted 5/31/15
Most of these things are common sense...

I don't think I can repair stuff, not lazy... Just not my thing.

And I did have to YouTube how to make a bed lol...........

Previously it was just one sheet, blanket and pillow... But now I'm professional. I still don't see the point of putting a scarf at the end tho.... Just one more useless thing.
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At the risk of sounding like a plug, getting a wet Swiffer will make learn to love clean floors again.
It's just enough non-involvement for guys and/or students, but enough to infect you with the cleaning disease.

Used to have a dishwasher at my old place (and turned it on before bed, so I could sleep hearing the white-noise of my household chores being done for me), but now that I have to do my own, I always have TV playing on my tablet nearby.

Oh, and since I'm stingy on buying clothes, I'm anal-retentive to the point of paranoid about separating my darks and whites and my hots and colds, but it's been too hard to lug my stuff to the laundromat, so I just let the laundry-delivery handle it.
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idk how to do any of those except laundry, which i started doing by myself in college.

i washed my first dish at 18
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Ejanss wrote:

At the risk of sounding like a plug, getting a wet Swiffer will make learn to love clean floors again.
It's just enough non-involvement for guys and/or students, but enough to infect you with the cleaning disease.

Used to have a dishwasher at my old place (and turned it on before bed, so I could sleep hearing the white-noise of my household chores being done for me), but now that I have to do my own, I always have TV playing on my tablet nearby.

Oh, and since I'm stingy on buying clothes, I'm anal-retentive to the point of paranoid about separating my darks and whites and my hots and colds, but it's been too hard to lug my stuff to the laundromat, so I just let the laundry-delivery handle it.


Yeah, I hated mopping until I got a Swiffer. The cost for the refills isn't that prohibitive and there are other generic brand refills that are like 8 bucks for 28 sheets. Before I got one, I was using a smelly mop and bucket, manually twisting the mop head to wring out excess water. Since I had to deal with a lot of annoying pet waste, this was very gross.

Now, it's pretty much just sweep once or twice first, then Swiffer. Floor's done. There's also one that you can put any old terrycloth towel on that works the same idea as a Swiffer, and you can just wash the towel and re-use it later.



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Most of these things are common sense...

I don't think I can repair stuff, not lazy... Just not my thing.

And I did have to YouTube how to make a bed lol...........

Previously it was just one sheet, blanket and pillow... But now I'm professional. I still don't see the point of putting a scarf at the end tho.... Just one more useless thing.


Yeah, but it's not so common anymore. Stuff like sewing is surprisingly easy. And for laundry, just read the care instructions on the tag (when in doubt, wash cold and air dry by hanging on a clothesline). If there's a loose screw, you can screw it in again after filling the enlarged hole with some glue, or put in one of those plastic things. Doing dishes should go without saying.....wash with warm/hot water and a little soap for more effective scrubbing, and don't use steel wool for teflon pans. When in doubt, don't use the dishwasher and do it by hand. Use a thick cleaver when dealing with animal bone, not a thin chef's knife. Stick around the kitchen when there's something cooking on the stove. Stuff like that.

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I'm a pretty great cook but I generally prefer to stick with small, easy things. Sandwiches, ramen, frozen food, and so on. I don't like having to wash dishes, so making simple things lets me avoid bigger things. I use paper plates and cups when I can and generally wash silverware immediately.

My spaces are usually a little cluttered, but I'm a pretty clean person overall. I can clean and tidy up when I need to, though. Hate doing it, though, so I tend to make sure things don't get too bad.

I throw my clothes in the washer with some detergent - that's about as far as my laundry knowledge goes. Tends to work for me so far, though.

So far as gardening is concerned: my grandmother was always super into it, along with cooking, so I picked up a lot from her. I don't actively garden, though - don't really have much need or desire. Maybe one day I will, though.

Never tried to sew and I've never come across any sort of instructions for it.

For household repairs, I think I'm pretty handy. I've fixed quite a few electrical things - broken cables, busted devices, earbuds, etc. I'm pretty good with that. Mechanical things or piping or whatever else, though, I'm not so good with, but I can still generally pull through. I've helped repair roofs and other general stuff like that, too. Tend to avoid any of that when I can, though; I'm really gentle with stuff.
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I can do all of them and if I apply myself I can do a pretty good job. I just don't apply myself very often.
I have noticed that I do a better job at them than most women that I know . . . I am not really proud of that though... I think it is more a comment on the decline of western civilization... (I'm joking! Well, half joking.)
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Why have a Kitchen when you can just buy a vending machine? Silly cooking, kek.
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I had home economics in junior high and high school. I made my own shorts, pants, and even plant crops. My midterm exam was to cook an inexpensive meal for a family of four.

When you ask men to clean and they are up to the task, they would clean things thoroughly.

Men spend a great time cleaning their J's and their cars. Their rooms might be dirty as hell, but as you hop in inside their cars it's totally different.
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I am a slob I must admit, but my messes are organized so it's feel neat to me.

I guess I can cook.. I mean all you need is a recipe right?

Gardening I always kill the plants.. yikes

At least I can sew, and I am good at handiwork..
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Cooking: I'm pretty good at it. I bake all of our own bread, and also do most of our staple soups/curries/pasta.

Cleaning: I know how to, but I'm not nearly as good at doing it as regularly as I should. I'm pretty good about keeping the kitchen clean, and my inner librarian has made sure the bookshelves are in order, but I tend to put off washing the floors.

Laundry: I've done it by hand before, but definitely prefer the washing machine. Other than the time I inadvertently threw a new pair of jeans into the wrong load, I haven't had anything shrink/bleed on me.

Gardening: I used to do more of it, but at the moment I don't really have the time or energy to commit to it.

Sewing: I can repair things and make new clothes from a pattern. I've also drafted my own patterns before.

Household repairs: I can do a lot of the carpentry-type repairs (fixing door hinges/broken drawers/etc.), troubleshoot the furnace if it stops working, and do basic plumbing repairs (replacing toilet valves/fixing sinks/etc.). When I was younger, I helped my dad wire some new light switches, but I don't remember it well enough to be willing to try that on my own.
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I'm not sure if I'd consider any of that housekeeping stuff a skill.

I cook, I clean, I replace rotting wood on the house, I paint, I caulk, I fix cars, I mow lawns, I spread pine straw. I wouldn't say I'm especially skilled at any of it, but I can get it done while referencing a set of instructions for it if I need. So can anyone, I'm sure.

Technology just makes it easier to figure out what you're doing and get it done smoothly.
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i can clean and do handiman work around the house. i cant cook, sew or do gardening. I'd figure i can concentrate at what im best at, and outsource the other work :D

i plan to take a cooking class though since i got some free time now. Maybe when i get my own place, i ll try my hand at gardening.
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