So it turns out that a living in the age of convenience has its drawbacks. A big one? We’re losing the ability to do basic household chores, apparently.
A concerning number of 18 to 24-year-olds don’t know how to make their bed properly, sew a button or change a lightbulb, recent data out of the UK (which we feel comfortable extrapolating from, because of our shared first world status and love of fish and chips) shows.
The YouGov Survey also found more than a third wouldn’t know what to do if that rusty old kettle set off the safety switch in their home.
But perhaps the most concerning of all is that with the availability of dishwashers, we’re losing the skills to wash our dishes properly by hand.
So let’s take a look at some simple chores we’ve lost the art of performing, and how to do them properly.
Washing the dishes
Dishwashers make our lives infinitely better, but according to the Good Housekeeping Institute, many of us would be lost if ours ever broke down.
First, wash your glasses, then cups, then plates, then serving dishes and finally pots and pans, using extra hot water (and wearing gloves). You’ll also probably need to change the water halfway through. And please scrape the plates first.
Listen: We talk to the mum who bribes her kids to do chores around the house. (Post continues.)
Changing a lightbulb
YouGov found one in ten young people can’t change a lightbulb (or wash a car, or iron clothes – but these people can’t be saved).
This one’s tricky because light fixtures vary, but simply put it’s a matter of turning the power off (and waiting for the bulb to cool) unscrewing the old bulb and screwing the new one in before turning the power back on.