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5 Small Things Everyone Should Know How To Do

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I should say, 5 simple and easy things everyone should know how to do.

The ultimate DIY.

There was a time, way back in the day, when people were taught in school everyday kinds of skills. Classes like home economics, personal finance, home repair, car repair… all required for high school graduation.

And within those classes, students learned personal development skills like conversation techniques, etiquette, manners, meal planning, nutrition, parenting skills and the like. They weren’t more important than academic courses — but in a different way, perhaps just as? Today’s version of personal finance is called something like, “Financial Algebra.” Truly.

Today, while we are certainly producing a generation brilliant in so many ways, we’re missing some of the basic skills everyone used to know. Simple things we then must pay someone else to do.


Our challenge? Let’s master these:

5 Simple Things Everyone Should Know How to Do

1. Sew a Button

Did you know there’s a right and a wrong way to sew a button? With a simple sewing kit, a few easy instructions — you can do this! And you won’t have to pay the dry cleaners to do it for you.

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2. Iron a Shirt

In about 3 minutes, you can have a freshly ironed dress shirt that looks like it came straight from the dry cleaners. Follow these easy steps.

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3. Mend a Seam

Step by step guide to mending a seam, tools needed and techniques to use.

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4. Hang Clothes on a Line

Do you love the outdoor crispness and fresh smell of clothes hung on a line to dry? Are you traveling and need to wash small items before coming home? Did you know there is a technique to prevent your clothes from wrinkling? Confession — I didn’t know this. Here is a great tutorial.

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5. Polish Shoes

Did you know that your shoes tell a story about you? Shoes are a first impression, they are a sign of your career trajectory, and your personality. Proper care says a lot about who you are… and literally, where you’re going.

Like many sages of her generation, my grandmother took the view that you could “tell a man by his shoes”. A scuffed shoe denoted a chap of chaotic domestic habits, probably best avoided. A well-worn but highly polished brogue, on the other hand, suggested a man both professional and practical, able to take care of the things he loved.

These days, when pretty much everyone, regardless of class or creed, wears dirty trainers, it can be harder to interpret the language of footwear. But in the political classes, at least, shoes can still point the way to a man’s moral character. — Jemima Lewis, The Telegraph

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That’s it. 5 simple, small things to master that can make a significant difference in your life, your lifestyle and how you present yourself to the world.


5 Small Things Everyone Should Know How To Do

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