Household chores are a big part of our lives. Some of them may not be dealt with for a long time, such as delegating them to a hired professional or entrusting them to a partner in the division of duties. But sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and do them yourself - especially when you are isolated or have no one to call for help.
No one expects you to have Michelin-star-worthy dinners, especially when the food delivery works so well. Nevertheless, it's worth it to have a few simple meals from the most basic of foods. Let it be at least scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.
Perhaps some people think that any fool can make it. But here's a revelation: some people aren't even able to warm themselves up with cooked food. They will sit hungry and wait for someone to come along with their hands out of their shoulders and stick a plate in the microwave.
2. Planning and shopping
There's nothing difficult about going to the store and throwing stuff from the shelves into your basket. But there isn't much use either. Otherwise, in your fridge can meet incompatible products in one dish. And it will turn out that there is no room in it, and still there is nothing to eat.
In order to shop efficiently, you need, firstly, to know what you don't have at home. And secondly - what you need in the near future. It helps to have a menu or at least a vague idea of what you plan to eat during the week. If you don't have anything in time, here's a tip: before you leave the house, take a picture of the open fridge and grocery cabinet. That way you'll at least have a rough idea of what you have in excess
3. Washing and ironing things
Fortunately, no more running to the hole with buckets first and then hand washing laundry in the trough. But here's what would be nice:
Study your washing machine's manual and realize that it has so many buttons for a reason.
Learn to sort laundry by color and property, so you don't have to throw away white T-shirts after a shared bath with red underpants.
Develop the habit of at least occasionally looking at the labels of things and comparing them with the symbol table. Some clothes cannot be washed in hot water, others cannot be washed at all, only dry-cleaned.
It would seem that everything is very simple, no nuclear physics. But many people do not master this, although this knowledge will save you a lot of nerves and money. It's the same with ironing. You don't have to crisp up your underpants and duvet covers. But if you are going to iron, it is better to do everything according to the rules, so that you don't waste your efforts.
4. Reanimate your clothes
Overstitching and hemming clothes for the average person is still better in the atelier. Just a specialist who deals with dozens of pants a day, clearly cope with the task better than an amateur who does it once every six months. And uneven stitching can significantly spoil the impression of the thing.
But to sew on a button or restore a divergent seam is worth everyone's skill. It is not difficult, you just have to try. For example, here's how you can manually sew up a hole in the seam, so that everything looks perfect on the outside (the hardest thing here is to make sure the stitches are the same length)
5. Quality cleaning.
It's hardly necessary for everyone to know how to mix a polish for each type of furniture covering so that it shines like the cover of interior magazines. It's more about a conscious approach to cleaning.
For example, with age, you should understand that it is necessary to wipe the dust off not only in prominent places - so my mother did not nag. You have to wipe with a damp cloth and on top of cabinets, and on batteries, and in the recesses on the doors. It's not about aesthetics, it's about health. Dust in your home can affect your health by provoking allergies, making it difficult to breathe, and leading to illness, especially if there is an industrial facility nearby.
It's about the same with floors. Not everyone considers the baseboard a part of the floor that also needs to be cleaned. And this is necessary, because dust readily collects in the recesses. It is just as important from a health point of view to periodically wipe down door handles and switches - everything you touch with your hands, and not always washed.
In summary, the cleanliness police won't arrest you for rarely or poorly cleaning. No one is suggesting that you die the death of the brave in the fight against the mess. But if you're going to clean, do it well: your health depends on the result.
6. Taking out the trash
You could safely add this skill to the previous item. But it's worthy of special attention because some people include it on their list of household chores and take great pride in how much they do.
So, taking out the trash is not picking up a carefully prepared bag at the door and dragging it to the dumpster. The process is a little more complicated. First, you have to make sure that the bucket is not overfilled, and empty it in time - without reminders from outside. Second, to take out the trash (again, without reminders!). Third, wash the bucket when necessary, and then put a new bag in it. If much of this is done by someone else, do not take credit for taking out the garbage.
7. Doing minor repairs
Perhaps this point is the hardest to outline a set of tasks that every adult should do on their own. After all, if you can afford to call an electrician to screw in a light bulb, who's to say you can't do it yourself?
But in general being able to change a light bulb or a showerhead would be nice. If only because they are simple things that can be done in a couple of minutes. Equally as well as to paste a piece of wallpaper or assemble a rack from IKEA. In general, we mean everything that does not take much time and does not require specific tools.
8. Plan your budget.
This is definitely a household affair: if you're not good with finances, you can end up without a house as such.
Classically, budgeting means making a fairly detailed financial plan for a month, or better yet, 12 months. This meticulous approach allows you to plan spending so that the year passed without financial downfalls, and you can use the ups efficiently. And the lower your earnings, the more you need to budget.
If you spend less than you earn without any planning, this skill comes in handy, too. That way you can manage your finances more efficiently, optimize your spending and get more money to invest or otherwise improve your financial situation. All in all, a useful skill, no matter how you look at it.
9. Administer First Aid.
Generally speaking, you'll need this skill outside the home, too. But the probability that a passerby in your presence will burn himself with boiling oil, or step on the shard of a broken glass with his bare feet, or knock over a closet is not so great. But your householder and you yourself can face these troubles. Therefore, it is important to provide first aid in order to survive until the arrival of the ambulance. However, if the injuries are not very serious, a doctor may not be needed.
10. Paying the rent
Bills, taxes, and other paperwork are part of being an adult. So it's not a bad idea to have an idea of where and what you need to pay for.
Lifehacker has a detailed guide on how to go about the housing and utilities quest. But in short, to pay for an apartment need toZhK RF, art. 155. Paying for housing and utilities no later than the 10th day of each month. Receipts are usually delivered to your mailbox, but other options are also possible. You can get your receipts electronically. If you are not aware of this, it is better to check with the management company or the person who paid for your apartment earlier.
You should also submit monthly meter readings. It is necessary to pay only for the resources consumed, and not according to the norms.