Just a little quiz this morning… a 61 question quiz. 🙂
Look through this list of 61 essential homemaking skills. How many can you do? Which do you want or need to learn?
For any that you can’t do yet (or want to brush up on), follow the links to the friendly homemakers (and their friends) who’ve contributed to this round-up. Their instructions make these essential homemaking skills — even for life and death situations like a choking infant — very do-able.
What skills would you add? Feel free to add links or tips in the comments. We want to hear from you!
Do your folded sheets end up as a lump shoved in your closet? This tutorial will change that! Via kiwiservices.com.
Make your own salad dressings! This chart will help with the basics and you can branch out from there. Via cooksmarts.com.
For a special occasion, or a simple family dinner, a perfectly roasted beef is always welcome. Via bitzngiggles.com.
Making a bed using hospital corners will keep your sheets nice and neat. Via organization-makes-sense.com.
Freezing food stops bacterial growth, so in theory food can be used indefinitely. However, we know from experience that quality of food degenerates over time, even frozen food. For that reason, it is important to follow these recommended storage times for frozen food in your freezer. Via preparednessmama.com.
Sorting clothes for the laundry will prolong the life of colors and fabrics. Learn how to sort clothes in this laundry washing video. Via expertvillage.
Take 15 minutes to balance your checking account, stay on top of your budget and avoid bounced checks and overdraft fees. Via daveramsey.com.
A pretty napkin is welcome at any special occasion or family meal. Via onegoodthingbyjillee.com.
Line dried clothes smell so good! And can help save money. Via creativecaincabin.com.
A good, well-seasoned cast iron pan is a joy to cook in! Via TraditonalCookingSchool.com.
Learn how to perfectly carve a chicken. Via Howdini.
Meal planning does take time, commitment, and a bit of work – but in the end, the benefits are so worth it! Via youngwifesguide.com.
Know what you can substitute in a pinch can save time and money. Via ereplacementparts.com.
A flaky pie crust is not only lovely to look at but delicious to eat. Via smittenkitchen.com.
This is definitely a lost art but still something very useful to know. Via blog.sockdreams.com.
Choosing and caring for your sheets is the first step to a good night’s sleep. Via modernmrsdarcy.com.
Make your own flower preservative and enjoy your fresh cut blooms longer. Via onegoodthingbyjillee.com.
Learn to chop onion without getting teary. Via htan.
We hope this encourages you to reach out and bless your friends or family or strangers by inviting them over. Via club31women.com.
Disposable products may be cheap and convenient, but there’s a cost associated with throwing out all that material. Many items have alternate uses and longer lives than just the one use their makers intended. Instead of throwing them away, get the most you can out your disposables. Via apartmenttherapy.com.
Rescue your burned pans with supplies already right in your cupboards. Via food-hacks.wonderhowto.com.
Abdominal thrusts—also known as the Heimlich maneuver—can be used to expel a foreign object lodged in a choking victim’s windpipe. Via Howcast.
The Heimlich maneuver is done different on infants than on adults. It is important to learn both procedures. Via expertvillage.
That is because no matter how careful we are, we will drip or spill our morning joe at some point, and in the process stain our clothing, upholstery or carpet. Even though coffee stains easily, that is no reason to give it up. Via stain-removal-101.com.
Being able to do a simple fix to your leaky faucet can save you time and money. Plus it is wonderful to know you can do this! Via wetheadmedia.com.
This is a very handy skill! Via theteacherswife.com.
This skill could come in handy especially if you are staging a home to sell or just enjoy a beautiful room. Via justdecorate.wordpress.com.
Almost everyone has washed dishes by hand, but did you know that there is a method you can follow to make it more efficient and easier? Via ChristianHomeKeeper.org.
If you find yourself easily distracted, this secret weapon may save the day. Via club31women.com.
Moist turkey is truly the only way to eat a turkey. If it is moist without gravy, then it is one good turkey. Knowing how to make this most turkey is a skill you want. Via theredheadriter.com.
Kneading the dough makes bread and rolls light, airy, and chewy. It’s a crucial step in making yeast breads. Via Allrecipes.
You love this comprehensive list of stain solutions. Each solution contains the supplies you will need and the preferred method for cleaning the stain. Via web.extension.illinois.edu.
Having a plan for your grocery shopping will save you both money and time. Via raininghotcoupons.com.
If you are a home owner you want to protect your investment with regular personal or professional care. This maintenance is critical to proper functioning and continued upkeep of your home. Via irvinehomeblog.com.
Instead of constantly buying more jeans, patch them up. It is fast… about five minutes and easy. Via justsweetandsimple.blogspot.com.
Fold your T-Shirts nice and neat to cut down on wrinkles, take up less room in your drawer and look nice too. Via happyhomehappylife.com.
A properly set table is the canvas for a beautiful and delicious meal. Via laurenconrad.com.
Not only do you save money by cutting up a whole chicken yourself, but you also get the backbone to make stock. Via The New York Times.
Brighten your day by coming home to the beauty and aroma of a freshly cut flowers. Via picklee.com.
Learn how to fillet a fish like a pro with this step-by-step illustrated guide. Via wideopenspaces.com.
Use this simple technique for hand sewing patches or badges. Via plantingdandelions.com.
Knowing how to perform rescue breathing can save someone’s life. Via Online CPR Certification.
Rescue breathing on infants is a different process than for adults and children. Via ProCPR.
If you own a white shirt, chances are that the underarm portion of the shirt has begun or will begin to yellow. Via themamasgirls.com.
No more hiding the hole in the wall with a painting or just hoping no one notices. In less than an afternoon you can repair a hole in you wall with little effort! Via thediyvillage.com.
All it takes is a little practice and if you get a stitch off here or there. No worries, probably it will go unnoticed and button will stay on just the same! Via homegrownmom.com.
A men’s dress shirt is not the easiest thing to iron. Watch this video for expert tips. Via expertvillage.com.
Towels often don’t look dirty, even if they are unclean. Wonder how often to wash? How to do it? Via modernmrsdarcy.com.
You can have a choice in where you money goes and you do not have to be stressed about your finances! Via becentsable.com.
We’ve all seen them ~ those perfectly folded stacks of shirts in stores. If you think the task is impossible for your own home, think again, it’s as simple as using a magazine or catalog! Via ironandtwine.blogspot.com.
Learn how to hard boil eggs perfectly every time. Via Food Wishes.
Make the perfect egg sunny side up, over easy or over hard fried eggs. Via livelife365.
The goal of hospitality is not to pamper our guests; it’s to make them feel welcome. So don’t be intimidated by the idea of trying to create a guest space that’s comparable to a four-star hotel. Instead, try to anticipate your guests’ needs and try to make them feel at home. Via impartinggrace.com.
There are two basic methods to test for how done your meat is while you are cooking it—use a meat thermometer, or press on the meat with your finger tips. Most experienced cooks rely on the finger tip method. Via simplyrecipes.com.
Sharpening a knife on a wet stone will give you extremely sharp knife. Sharp knives are more efficient and safer, too! Via How to Make Sushi.
A marinade is a liquid mixture that you can soak food in before it’s cooked to make it way more delicious. Knowing the rules of thumb for creating marinades and marinading times is very helpful. Via buzzfeed.com.
A good, simple, roasted chicken can be just what you’re craving for a delicious home cooked meal. Via Howdini.
A properly folded towel has a neat, fluffy appearance and hidden edges. Via marthastewart.com.
Do you know the secret to delicious pan fried fish? Via Susan Odell.
Don’t be intimidated by cooking white rice at home without a rice cooker. Via Crouton Crackerjacks.
Sear and then bake your steak in cast iron is the best technique for achieving a perfectly cooked (crusty on the outside and juicy on the inside) and flavorful steak every time without a charcoal grill. Via therisingspoon.com.
Did we miss any essential homemaking skills? What would you add?
Feel free to add links or tips in the comments. We want to hear from you!