Many of us grew up with the convenience of having everything we need around us – dad drives the car, mum takes care of supper and you allow yourself to be looked after and mollycoddled! It’s just the way things are.
However, you know that part of growing up means you have to leave the nest at some point so you can build a life, and perhaps a home, of your own. To do this, you have be able to master some day-to-day life skills so you can be self-reliant and able to take care of yourself. These are just some of the skills everyone should know how to do.
1-Drive a vehicle with manual transmission.
If you’re just starting to learn how to drive, consider using a manual transmission vehicle. There may come a time when a manual is the only option you’ll have in case of an emergency. Learning how to drive an automatic is easy once you know how to drive a manual, but not the other way around. In line with driving, you should know how to fill up a car with petrol, perform parallel parking, and change a tyre.
2-Navigate with a map and compass
Who needs maps now when you have GPS on your smartphone? Well, if your device runs out of battery and you’re in the middle of nowhere, that person would be you.
Learning how to swim can save your life, or another’s. You may not always have an inner tube or a life vest at your disposal.
4-Perform basic first aid
You don’t have to be a doctor to perform first aid such as dressing a wound properly. You should also know how to respond in cases of emergency; it’s a good idea to add knowing how to do the Heimlich Manoeuvre as well as CPR in your list of life skills.
5-Do basic cooking
Learn how to cook as if your life depends on it, because it really does. Know how to operate the stove, the oven, and other appliances in the kitchen. There are thousands of easy recipes to learn; you can even make one of those your signature dish!
6-Wash, dry, and fold laundry
The basic rule is that whites and colours should never mix together. Clothing stains should be pre-treated before tossing it in the laundry bin. As for temperature, the simple rule of thumb is “Warm for Whites, Cool for Colors”.
7-Organise with efficiency
You should keep your notes and things organised so you know exactly where they are when you need them. Organising also includes time management, packing for a trip wisely, and taking care of property.
Knowing how to write professionally lets you write a resume or a cover letter that you would probably need in your chosen career. Using a professional tone in correspondences such as letters of complaint, thank you notes, and formal invitations is also a plus.
9-Make a monthly budget and stick to it
You should be aware of your expenses for the month, your income, and the bills you have to pay. Plot them all in a budget, slash away the unnecessary expenses, and put the rest of your money in a savings account. When shopping for groceries, make a list and keep a calculator handy so you don’t go over budget.
10-Keep a clean house
Being able to take care of yourself also involves knowing how to keep your living space clean and organised. Nobody wants a slob for a roommate! You should know how to clean the different areas of the house, including the WC.
If you lack any of those skills, it’s never too late to start learning. Make every day an opportunity to take care of things yourself and stand up on your own. A collaborative post.