I’ve been trying to get better with home maintenance over the last couple of years.
My parents let me live in the house in my early and mid-20s, but it was at the caveat of having to learn to do a lot of chores around the house.
I wasn’t allowed to come and go as I pleased without pulling my way around the house. It was a process of learning how to do a lot of home maintenance from my dad. When you already taught me how to paint the fence in the exterior of the house. It was such a grueling process and I remember hating every single afternoon I had to spend outside in the sun with the paint roller in my hand. After that he taught me about chopping wood for the winter. Granted, I learned a little bit about this when I was younger, but this time my dad put me in charge of making sure the family had enough water here. He was getting older and it was harder for him to do the work. We also had to keep an eye on the chimney in the wood stove to make sure they were working in optimal condition. For instance, the chimney needed to be cleaned more than once a year because of how often we used the wood stove. Nowadays I have my own house with my own chimney in my own wood stove so I have to do all of this without any reminders from anyone else. I always call the chimney company to get it service twice a year. They come out and clean it and make sure everything is working properly so I don’t have a fire in my house as a result. It’s important that you take care of your wood heating system like you would an electric or gas heating system.