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Kavalion wrote:

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.


Definitely! The internet is a resource haven for just about everything nowadays. There's countless DIY and step-by-step How-To guides out there in text and on video. Even if you happen to lose the manual for an appliance, you could even search that up in a jiffy! It's how I learned to take apart the washer and dryer, take apart my phone, setting up the sewing machine, re-tiling the bathroom, etc. It's all very convenient to look up. :)

I'm sure that, if you really need to, there's also instructions to clean your own room. XD
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Cooking - I have food allergies and intolerances, so not being able to find many foods I can eat in stores I learned to bake/cook them myself. If it's not seafood, mayonnaise-based or animal innard-based odds are I've learned to make it withing my dietary guidelines.

Cleaning - I vacuum, dust, cleanup odds and ends, do the dishes etc but I'm the master of the organized mess when it comes to deciding what to keep or throw away. If I'm not sure I won't need it/like to keep it, I'll keep it in a box in storage until I decide.

Sewing - yup, learned it in school.

Gardening - I have a black thumb (think goth) so I pretty much gave up on gardening. Poor plants have a 0% survival rate around me. With my allergies to pollen and such it's kind of good I can't do it.

Household Maintenance and Repairs - if I can do it I do it (health reasons sometimes stop me as well as lack of skill with electronics and plumbing). If I'm not good at it I'll call in a professional.

Yard Work - See gardening (above).

Laundry - Yup, learned how to do laundry and ironing as a child, still do it.
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I do all basic housekeeping very well and and have sewed as part of my job.I've been gardening for many many years.
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Cooking - I can cook, but mostly asian dishes. I can make pho, spring rolls, egg rolls, stir fry, soup based dishes, chicken, steak, bacon wrapped asparagus, sweet potato, spaghetti, chicken noodle soup, pizza, eggs, pancakes, etc.
Cleaning - I like to clean. I wash dishes by hand, and use the dishwasher as a drying rack.
Laundry - I like to do laundry.
Gardening - Not my speciality.
Sewing - I can crochet, lol......
Household repairs - I got you. Jk, but I will try as much as I can.
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F*** gardening, that would require being outside. I don't know how to sew. The rest, yes. I have a knack for household repairs.
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I was raised mostly by my grandparents (68, 70 years old) and great-aunt (85 years old.) So I'm rather skilled in the role of a home-maker.

Cooking - I've been cooking since I was a kid, and can make most anything if I'm given a recipe. I also have tons of dishes memorized. Obviously, the more you become accustomed to making a dish, the better it and you become.

Cleaning - I could be considered a neat freak by some. I just don't like clutter. If I don't need something, it doesn't need to be sitting around my home. My friends no longer question when I pick up a broom or do their dishes. It's just a habit of mine. The only time I dislike cleaning is when I incessantly have to pick up after a roommate/sibling/parent.

Laundry - I've been doing laundry since I was big enough to get on top of the washer. Stains are no match for me.

Gardening - Gardening is one of my hobbies. I'm not sure where I picked it up from. But I like to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers. I've actually been in the process of resurrecting the remains of my grandmother's garden.

Sewing - I was taught how to sew as a child. I am officially the mender/clothes maker for my niece and nephews toys. I don't currently have a sewing machine, however. So I have to do it all by hand.

Household repairs - Being around my grandfather has made me rather handy around the house. I can take apart and fix basic things, like propane fireplace intake/fans, faucets, toilets, windows, etc. I also excel in building furniture and intricate children's toys. (That for some reason other people can't figure out, despite coming with instructions.)

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Cooking 0/10 My father and the my grandfathers and the father of my grandfather did cook so I don't

Cleaning.10/10 I would clean even the compressor of the freezer

Laundry 0/10 Prefer to boost the economy with the local laundry

Gardening Do not Applies to city

Sewing 0/10 The only thing I sew is Books and shoes

Household repairs 15/10 Would repair even a MMX Pentium II laptop from 1995, would repair a broken shelf of plate, would repair the doors , the pc, the beds, the lights, the electrical bracers or fuses.

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I love to cook, so I've got that. I don't mind cleaning, so I have that too. I guess I'm Japanese.
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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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Posted 6/8/15 , edited 6/8/15
The only one I'd have difficulty with is gardening since I don't have a garden. I'm good at everything else. I have my own power tools and have always had a sewing machine since childhood. It was me teaching my nephew to cook that made him decide to do a chef program at uni.
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I'm just an average with all of those, thus i think i need to improve more on cooking stuff !
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I have basic housekeeping skills. I like cooking and cleaning. I have OCD so it comes easy to me. I don't like going laundry as much or repairs
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i had a military dad and I needed to learn all these things before i was even a teen. Kind of glad because its all been very useful plus i'm not a slob due to this. My wife says she's lucky. Though I think I have OCD now.
Posted 6/9/15
Cleaning skills: 6/10 needs improvement
Cooking skill 5.5/10 I can cook anything basic, but its takes a few tries for something new
laundry: 8/10 Pretty damn good at it
Household repairs: 2/10 unless its my computer, i call the repairman
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I know nothing of repairs... But I know how to do dishes and mow the lawn pretty well! //peasu
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