Friday, September 14, 2012

Home Economics (I need your help!)

When I first started living on my own, I had very little home-keeping skills. I could wash the dishes and run a vacuum. I could sweep the floor (though not very good) and I could push a mop around (though not very good). And really, that's about it. All the things involved in keeping a home were so foreign to me - cleaning, cooking, sewing, etc. The first time someone gave me a package of raw chicken I had NO IDEA what to do with it. Sure, I could throw some chicken nuggets in the oven, but a raw chicken?! I was scared of it. Processed, packaged foods were my thing. Raw fruits and veggies? Well ... I could eat an apple, banana or orange, but that's about it. Frozen, canned, etc. I could do that.

I've come a long way since then, but what if I had had these skills BEFORE I moved out on my own? I'm sure things would not have been as stressful ... and messy ... and unhealthy ... and ...

And now I need YOUR help. I'm working on a project and need to know what skills you think would have been helpful for you to know when you moved out of the house. Or, maybe you are one that grew up in a home where the mother or grandmother taught you how to be a keeper at home? If so, please share what skills you think were a great blessing to have just starting off. Or maybe you have a near-teen or teen-aged daughter and are hoping to equip her for adulthood as a keeper at home - what are you hoping she'll know how to do?

I do not mind if you share the same skill someone else has already shared. Be as specific as you can! Thank you!!