5 Skills to Master Before Moving Out

5 Skills to Master Before Moving Out

5 skills to master before moving out
5 skills to master before moving out

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Start out strong

If you are reading this post, you are either a parent with a child about to fly the coop, or you are a new adult trying to flee the coop. Either way, let’s talk about getting a strong start in life. Here are 5 skills to master before moving out.

I’m writing this as I am speaking to the parent audience as these are my peers. There are a few directives directly to the about-to-adult stage of lifers as well.

In my mothering years, I have sent two children from the nest/coop and they are doing well. I did something right, I think. Let’s move on to 5 skills to master before moving out.

Raising strong kids

If you are reading this, you likely have some awareness regarding raising your kids to be strong and self-reliant. Let’s make sure our comfort that we may have as adults doesn’t translate to our about-to-be grown kids in the form of not teaching them basic skills to survive.

You may be comfortable enough to have a cleaning service that comes to the house once a week. You may send your laundry out to be done. The kids we are sending out into the world however, will not have these luxuries.

Let’s get them prepared.

5 skills to master before moving out

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Skill #1: Cook 5 meals from scratch

Be proficient at cooking at least 5 simple meals. Let them pick the meals that you teach them. The meals should be something they like to eat and not come out of a box.

If you don’t know how to cook, learn with them. This is a life skill that everyone should have. It will also save them money. Eating at home is cheaper than eating out or take out. Read more about meal planning on my blog here.

Here are some easy recipes for beginners to advanced cooks. See more in my cooking section of this blog.

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Skill #2: Balance their bank account

Yes, we should all be balancing our bank accounts. I went decades without doing this on paper. It was kind of in my head, but I never knew an exact amount of what my balance should be.

In this electronic age, we need to be vigilant about our bank accounts. Companies can zap money and you might not even know that it’s gone. Protect your finances and monitor this frequently.

My bank allows me to block my debit card via their mobile app and I do it religiously. In between uses, it is blocked. Every. Single. Time. You should do this.

Teaching your children to budget is also a good idea. Writing down every dime you spend helps you learn where you are spending and where you can cut back if you need to.

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Skill #3: Clean their house properly

Make sure they know how to properly clean house. The best way to do this is to show them. I would put a heavy focus on the kitchen and the bathroom for hygiene’s sake.

See more articles in my Housekeeping section for cleaning in certain situations.

Let’s add a special mention of cleaning out a refrigerator and oven. If they have a washing machine and dryer, explain the dangers of fire regarding lint in the dryer.

Show your kids how to turn off the water to the toilet in the cases of overflow. Teach them how to plunge a toilet.

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Skill #4: Car maintenance and emergencies

If you are lucky enough to have public transportation where you live than you can skip this entirely. If you live in Florida, like we do, you can’t go anywhere without a car.

The expense of owning a car is already a major expense. There are few things that throw me into a spasm more than car troubles. I hate dealing with broken cars, and I have definitely had my share.

Car repairs are never fun and no one ever has the money for them. If you can prevent troubles, it’s financially prudent to do so.

Oil changes are important and necessary albeit a pain. My father used to make me change my own oil. This was a valuable thing to learn.

Today, my time is more valuable than the time it takes me to roll my 40-something-year-old butt under a car. It’s not happening. So I do the responsible thing. I know how to do it, but I pay someone else to do it.

One way or the other, get your oil changed according to your car’s needs. Now let’s talk tires and brakes.

If your tread is wearing down, get it checked. All tire places do it for free. Sometimes, the oil-changing gentlemen check it as well. Save up for tires, they are a necessity.

Brakes are easy to change yourself and something that the retail shops charge an arm and a leg for. I’m not sure why. It’s easy. I’ve done it. If you don’t know how to do this, YouTube it.

Check your oil. This is an easy way to avoid emergencies and burning out your engine when you are low on oil. Do this every other time you fill up your gas tank. Just do it. It takes 2 minutes.

Lastly in the car department, learn and practice how to change a tire. Go outside, get out that jack and change that tire. Teach them how.

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Skill #5: Laundry

Everyone should know how to wash and dry laundry. Sorting colors and whites and not mixing in towels is key. Teach them how to line dry in the event they do not have a dryer where they move. I have a whole article about that here.

Ironing is another skill that is important in certain situations. Teach your kids what items should be ironed and how to read a clothing tag. This is about looking put together and making a good impression when your mother isn’t around to tell you to do so.

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One last thing

Register to vote and adult like you mean it. Currently, 20% of the people decide the laws for the other 80% of the people. Register to vote on your 18th birthday, educate yourself on candidates, and vote. Make your mother’s proud.

Thank you for visiting the Garden of Aquarius. I hope you come back for more articles on practical, frugal living. Please share this article on 5 Skills to Master Before Moving Out.

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8 Replies to “5 Skills to Master Before Moving Out”

  1. I’m 20 so these tips are super helpful for me ♡ Thanks for writing this post. I definitely need to learn how to iron. I can’t belive I don’t know how to iron yet.

    1. Adulting is a process and this is just a good starting off point! There are great YouTube videos on ironing. Give it a go! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll visit again.

    1. That’s right Sierra! Get a strong start and hit the ground running! Thank you for visiting. 🙂

  2. This was such a helpful post! I’m preparing to move out, maybe for further studies abroad so I’ll work on mastering these skills. 💜✨

    1. Thank you Sam, how exciting to move abroad!!!! I’m jealous! These are especially important if you are moving so far from your comfort zone. Please check back to my Housekeeping in the Modern Age series for practical tips on keeping a clean house. Good luck in your studies.

  3. All of these tips are so helpful! I luckily managed to accomplish most of these before I moved out of home, but the one thing I feel I need to brush up on is my car maintenance. Normally the people at the petrol station help me with filling up my car, and also I call AA if I have a flat tyre, but, to be honest, I don’t really know how to do these things myself! I think it’s important I learn these things! My task is to get my dad to show me how to check the oil and water in my car.

    1. Hi Kate, I’m glad you found this information helpful! Yes, ask your father for a tutorial on checking the fluids in your car. This kind of thing can save you thousands of dollars in repairs down the road. Low oil is easily remedied with a quart, but if your engine runs dry…that’s a disaster. I’m glad this post has inspired you.

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