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  Skills for Independent Living: Volume III
                 Housekeeping
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                        Housekeeping Pre-Test

Name

Date



What is the correct order for washing dishes after a meal?
1. Pots, pans, glasses, silverware, plates
2. Silverware, pots, glasses, pans, plates
3. Glasses, silverware, plates, pots, pans
4. Silverware, plates, pots, pans, glasses


Which cleaning item matches the use?
1. Bar soap/ windows
2. Tide/ clothes washing
3. Pledge/tile floors
4. Windex / dishwashing


Which is the correct way to get rid of garbage?
1. Dump in the woods along the road.
2. Have the garbage man pick up the trash from the kitchen
3. Take the trash to a dumpster at the work
4. Put garbage in a plastic garbage bag and tie securely at the top


The toilet is about to overflow. What should you do first?
1. Call a plumber
2. Turn off the water supply to the toilet
3. Call the maintenance man
4. Put drain cleaner in the toilet


Which is a method for lowering the utility and heating bills?
1. Use an open oven turned on high to heat the kitchen
2. Turn thermostat down before leaving for school or work on a cold, day and shut off all
lights
3. Leave the air conditioner on all spring
4. Leave curtains and drapes open on a cold night




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SKILL ONE
   WASHING DISHES WITHOUT A
          DISHWASHER:

   1. If I am washing dishes in my kitchen sink, I will
      wash the dishes in the following order:
        a.    Any glasses or cups.
        b.    All silverware or cooking utensils.
        c.    All plates and salad bowls.
        d.    All pots.
        e.    Finish with the pans.
   2. Then clean off all surface areas with clean soapy
      water in the kitchen which include:
        a.    Table
        b.    Countertops
        c.    Stove
        d.    Refrigerator
        e.    Any other areas not mentioned here.

Instructor: Teaching the participant this skill in the order that it is written will leave
him/her a very clean kitchen every day. This is the most important part of the house
where everyone tends to go to when they come into anyone’s home. Plus, the participant
will be healthier because his/her kitchen is cleaner.



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SKILL ONE
   WASHING DISHES WITHOUT A
          DISHWASHER:

 1. If I am washing dishes in my kitchen sink, I will
    wash the dishes in the following order:
      a.    Any glasses or cups.
      b.    All silverware or cooking utensils.
      c.    All plates and salad bowls.
      d.    All pots.
      e.    Finish with the pans.
 2. Then clean off all surface areas with clean soapy
    water in the kitchen which include:
      a.    Table
      b.    Countertops
      c.    Stove
      d.    Refrigerator
      e.    Any other areas not mentioned here.




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                           Housekeeping
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       SKILL TWO
          USING THE RIGHT CLEANING
       PRODUCT FOR THE RIGHT CHORE:

           1. For washing clothes, I will use
              detergent like Tide.
           2. For cleaning windows, I will use a
              product like Windex.
           3. When I dust my furniture, I will use a
              spray cleaner like Pledge.
           4. When I wash my dishes, I will use dish
              soap like Dawn.
           5. When I wash my hands I will use bar
              soap like Ivory.


Instructor: Walk the participant through the house and show him/her exactly what kind of
cleaning product you use for every job. Follow the list as it is written above, and repeat until
mastery. It may seem simple enough for you but remember, someone like you or even the
grandmother taught you.



                       SKILL MASTERY: 1                                   2       3



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                                              Housekeeping
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SKILL TWO
   USING THE RIGHT CLEANING
PRODUCT FOR THE RIGHT CHORE:

1. For washing clothes, I will use detergent,
   like Tide.
2. For cleaning windows, I will use a
   product like Windex.
3. When I dust my furniture, I will use a
   spray cleaner like Pledge.
4. When I wash my dishes, I will use dish
   soap like Dawn.
5. When I wash my hands, I will use bar
   soap like Ivory.




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                          Housekeeping
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       SKILL THREE
          TAKING OUT THE GARBAGE:

       1. Collect all of the small garbage bags
          from the garbage cans throughout the
          house.
       2. Place the smaller bags into a larger bag
          if possible.
       3. Take the garbage out to the dumpster, or
          the large garbage cans that are outside.
       4. If in large cans outside, take the cans to
          the designated area, like the curb on the
          days the garbage is collected in the area.


Instructor: It is almost a surety that this is a chore the participant has been given already. If
not, have him/her start doing now while he/she is still living at home. This will give him/her an
opportunity to get use to doing this chore before he/she moves out. The participant may
complain about having to do this chore, just give positive statements and re-enforcement when
he/she remembers to do it on his/her own.



                      SKILL MASTERY: 1                                   2       3



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                                             Housekeeping
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SKILL THREE
   TAKING OUT THE GARBAGE:

1. Collect all of the small garbage bags
   from the garbage cans throughout the
   house.
2. Place the smaller bags into a larger bag
   if possible.
3. Take the garbage out to the dumpster,
   or the large garbage cans that are
   outside.
4. If in large cans outside, take the cans to
   the designated area, like the curb on the
   days the garbage is collected in the area.




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                          Housekeeping
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SKILL FOUR
   STOPPING THE TOILET FROM
         OVERFLOWING:

1. Turn off the water supply that is on the
   back left hand side of the toilet.
2. Try to use the plunger on the toilet.
3. Call the maintenance man, if you live in
   an apartment building.
4. Call a plumber if living in a house where
   you are responsible for repairs.
5. Call the landlord or owner of the house
   if they are responsible for the repairs of
   the house.

Instructor: Very simple steps for the participant to follow. If you dare, clog the toilet
once after reviewing these skills several times to see if the participant has mastered the
skill. Go through each step with him/her slowly. Show him/her were the shut off valve
is behind the toilet so he/she will know where to look. Teach him/her how to use a
plunger. He/she can practice this skill without the toilet overflowing. Have the
participant write down the numbers of the maintenance man, landlord, or plumber and
hang that list on the refrigerator near the house phone.



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                                      Housekeeping
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SKILL FOUR
   STOPPING THE TOILET FROM
         OVERFLOWING:

1. Turn off the water supply that is on the
   back left hand side of the toilet.
2. Try to use the plunger on the toilet.
3. Call the maintenance man, if you live in
   an apartment building.
4. Call a plumber if living in a house where
   you are responsible for repairs.
5. Call the landlord or owner of the house
   if they are responsible for the repairs of
   the house.




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                          Housekeeping
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       SKILL FIVE
          LOWERING MY HEATING AND
                UTILITY BILLS:

       1. I will put an extra blanket on my bed at
          night instead of raising the thermostat.
       2. I will shut the water off while I am
          brushing my teeth, and only turn it back
          on when I need to rinse.
       3. I will shut off all the lights in the house
          in the rooms in which I am not in at the
          time.
       4. I will turn the thermostat down before
          leaving for school or work and shut off
          all the lights in the house before I leave.
Instructor: This is another skill that you have been teaching the participant all along. Sit down
with him/her and explain why you have asked him/her to do the things that you have. Explain to
him/her the importance of shutting the water off, turning off the lights, lowering the thermostat
so he/she understands. After explaining these skills to the participant, have him/her be
responsible for the above over a one month period. Reassure them that missing a day is OK, but
not something he/she wants to do everyday. We all forget sometimes, but to save money, he/she
needs to remember these skills on a daily basis.



                      SKILL MASTERY: 1                                  2       3

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                                             Housekeeping
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SKILL FIVE
   LOWERING MY HEATING AND
         UTILITY BILLS:

1. I will put an extra blanket on my bed at
   night instead of raising the thermostat.
2. I will shut the water off while I am
   brushing my teeth, and only turn it back
   on when I need to rinse.
3. I will shut off all the lights in the house
   in the rooms in which I am not in at the
   time.
4. I will turn the thermostat down before
   leaving for school or work and shut off
   all the lights in the house before I leave.




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                           Housekeeping
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                              Housekeeping Post-Test

Name

Date


What is the correct order for washing dishes after a meal?
1. Pots, pans, glasses, silverware, plates
2. Silverware, pots, glasses, pans, plates
3. Glasses, silverware, plates, pots, pans
4. Silverware, plates, pots, pans, glasses


Which cleaning item matches the use?
1. Bar soap/ windows
2. Tide/ clothes washing
3. Pledge/tile floors
4. Windex / dishwashing


Which is the correct way to get rid of garbage?
1. Dump in the woods along the road.
2. Have the garbage man pick up the trash from the kitchen
3. Take the trash to a dumpster at the work
4. Put garbage in a plastic garbage bag and tie securely at the top


The toilet is about to overflow. What should you do first?
1. Call a plumber
2. Turn off the water supply to the toilet
3. Call the maintenance man
4. Put drain cleaner in the toilet


Which is a method for lowering the utility and heating bills?
1. Use an open oven turned on high to heat the kitchen
2. Turn thermostat down before leaving for school or work on a cold, day and shut off all
lights
3. Leave the air conditioner on all spring
4. Leave curtains and drapes open on a cold night




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                                        Housekeeping
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