Alright, if we are assuming the prices of everything will rise and we are learning to barter and more…doesn’t it make sense to learn some other basic skills?
These are things that we pay for now, but if we lived back in the 1800’s or early 1900’s we wouldn’t even consider paying for luxuries like these! I’m just going to list a few here that I suggest you learn. Feel free to shout out more ideas of basic skills that you think are important in the comments.
Baking. I’m surprised at how many people don’t know simple bread baking skills! I think it’s because I grew up in a bubble, my mom also made bread, my grandma always made bread. Even though I knew you could get bread from the store I thought it tasted pretty nasty. Bread baking is a skill learned best by being shown by someone that knows what they are doing. After you get the hang of it it’s really not that hard! But I can guarentee you that your first loaf won’t be perfect! I remember years of 4-H judges telling me what was wrong with my bread…now my hubby can’t wait for me to pull it out of the oven so he can munch on it like candy. Being able to bake is a very good basic skill to learn.
Sewing. I’m even more surprised at the growing number of people that have no idea how to sew. I didn’t go to public school in highschool so you tell me, do they even teach it in Home Ec anymore? I am not the best seamstress ever but I’m glad I have the skill. I use it to sew up rips and tears in otherwise perfect clothing. I have a sewing machine but you don’t need one. Just get thread, needles, and some felt or other thicker fabric and start practicing. Look up some videos on YouTube if you need some visuals or buy a basic sewing book. You will catch on fast!
Haircutting. I’ve said before that we don’t spend any money on hair cuts. I taught myself how to cut my husbands hair a few years ago and this year I taught myself how to cut my own hair. Now I cut hair for my siblings and other family members as well. You don’t have to learn anything fancy, even if you can just learn how to trim ends and how to use a hair trimmer(for guys) you will be set to go! This is another one where having a visual really helps. Check out videos on You Tube that show basic hair cuts. And trust me, no matter how long you wait or how many videos you watch you will still be SO nervous to do your first hair cut. But you CAN do it! I was shaking so hard the first time I cut my hair I thought I was going to cut it clean off but it turned out great and I wouldn’t do it any other way!
What are some basic skills you think everyone should learn?
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