Okay, so I really only learned most of this stuff when I was around 40 or something. Also, I'm still working on incorporating the practice of all this into my life as a regular thing. It's a work in progress, as well. We're starting to teach the course by practicing each week the tasks listed. The time to learn each task-set may vary, as well as the divisions of each subject. Right now it's tailor-made for one particular person, but it can be adapted for others as needed.
The relationships part is especially thin. Sheesh, you think I know about this stuff? Y'all gotta help me out on some of this. I'm also in the middle of learning the house maintenance stuff the hard way. I bought my first house seven years ago. Help me here too, please!
All input is welcome! Comments, criticisms, gaps, gripes, etc. (For example, I think each weekly topic needs a little anecdote of "How I so totally screwed up my life by ignoring this stuff which of course means I'm fully qualified to teach you how to live yours.")
Weeks 1 - 6 are about how to become civilized and housebroken. When you can do this stuff, you're qualified to live in a decent home.
Weeks 7 - 12 are skills that were historically thought of as housework or women's work but are actually the most basic abilities for daily living that everyone needs to practice to proficiency. When you can do these things, you're qualified to have kids or take care of a pet. In other words, you can run a decent home.
Weeks 13 - 18 are about money or interfaces with the outside world. Historically considered men's work, these skills are vital for everyone who might ever head a household, in other words, all human beings.
Weeks 19 - 24 are in-depth topics on how to be a happy, successful person.
Weeks 25 - 26 are the gravy, the post-doc of life, the really good stuff, transhumanism, etc..
So here we go:
SYSTEM OF FAMILY GOVERNMENT
or 26 week crash course in independence, life, liberty, self-reliance and learned-resourcefulness, (or all the things I wish I hadn't had to find out the hard way).
1).....Clean up after yourself (or Your Mom Doesn't Work Here)
1a) Put your trash into trash cans
1b) Take dishes to sink
1c) Rinse out dishes
1d) Place in dishwasher
1e) Run dishwasher when full
1f) Empty dishwasher when cycle complete
1g) Take out trash when full
1h) Put your dirty clothes into the hamper or basket, or hang up if you plan to wear again before washing.
2).....Personal Hygiene (or Dude, Srsly!)
2a) Brush and floss teeth daily. Get teeth cleaned twice a year
2b) Shower or Bathe Daily, using actual soap.
2c) Shave or trim beard daily
2d) Wear clean clothes (c.f. Week 7 - Laundry)
2e) Flush picc line twice daily
2f) Change picc line bandage twice weekly
2g) Trim fingernails and toenails weekly
2h) *** Flush toilet after use *** (advanced students only)
3).....Friendships (or Silver and Gold)
3a) Avoid social climbers, users, abusers, and don't be those things either
3b) Bullying, dominance, aggression, power games; how to recognize and avoid those things.
3c) Purpose is mutual enjoyment, enrichment
3d) How to make new friends: 12 tips
3e) How to keep existing friends
3f) How to win friends back that you've lost
3g) Celebrate each other's joys, mourn losses
3h) To have a friend, be a friend -- the golden rule
4).....Spiritual Growth (or You are what you ingest. Feeding the flame.)
4a) Prayer, pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father
4b) Meditation, Rest your brain in peace and stillness. Observe yourself as the observer. Examine your emotional state from the inside. Allow any anger or bad feelings to melt away and feel deep compassion for all things well up within you. Think of your four brothers (from the book Eat, Pray, Love.
4c) Study the Scriptures of all religions (plus Tolkien, of course)
4d) Practice Honesty, Openness, Simplicity, Childlike Innocence
4e) Practice Humility, Devotion, Taking Joy in daily tasks,
4f) Give your Full Attention to others; how to really listen and really understand people.
4g) Practice Love, Service, Spreading Happiness, Acceptance of others
4h) Practice Self Control, breaking the bonds of slavery to the senses
4i) Practice Nonviolence, tolerance, freedom to choose a positive approach
5).....Respect for family and roommates (on Being a considerate person)
5a) Bonding, Shared fun activities daily
5b) Consideration for sleep, study, work and play time
5c) Respect other people's things
5d) Respect other people's agency
5f) Mutual aid and helpfulness
5g) Tact, Gentlemanliness, Discretion
6).....Health (or To Live Well, Be Well)
6a) First Aid, stitches
6b) Colds and Flu
6c) Food Poisoning, Vomiting, BRATSY = Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast, Soda, Yogurt.
6d) Infections and Pneumonia
6e) Parasites and Skin diseases
6f) Sprains, strains, broken bones, RICE = Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
6g) Wound care
7).....Laundry (Clean and Quiet)
7a) Sort into dark, light, colors
7b) Wash, using detergent, bleach, etc.
7c) Dry in dryer with Bounce, or shake out and hang to dry
7d) Fold, hang, and put away each thing into its place
7e) Place dirty clothes in hamper, basket, or on laundry table (repeated for emphasis)
7f) Use spot remover on stains and spills as soon as you undress (for best results)
7g) Wipe down appliances as needed.
8).....Clean bathroom (Yes it does have to be cleaned, Dave)
8a) Swish and swipe daily
8b) Scrub toilet well every 2wks
8c) Spray shower or tub with shower-clean after each use
8d) Scrub shower or bathtub well every 2wks
8e) Wipe up outside of toilet and floor around toilet well every 2wks
8f) Wipe floors and cabinets well every 2wks
8g) Clean sink well every 2wks
8h) Wash mirrors with windex and remove streaks every 2wks
9).....Clean kitchen (or Everyone gets A++ 100 from the Health Department)
9a) Scrub dishes, load, and run in dishwasher daily
9b) Wipe down countertops daily
9c) Scrub sink clean daily
9d) Scrub stovetop daily or weekly
9e) Scrub cabinets every 2wks
9f) Mop, vacuum, wipe floors every 2wks
9g) Scrub oven monthly
10).....Cooking (or Edible Artistry)
10a) Food storage for safety; cover, close, refrigerate, freeze, etc.
10b) Wipe down eating surfaces and set with tableware
10c) Good nutrition
10d) Plan menus
10e) Following recipes
11).....Grocery Shopping (or Milking the Cornucopia)
11a) Use menu plan to make grocery list
11b) Selecting good produce
11c) Buy nonperishable sale items in bulk to save
11d) Know prices
11e) Eliminate useless expensive items such as soda, chips, etc.
11f) Buy makings from scratch instead of ready-made to save and savor.
11g) Keep it healthy, be full when you go to store, resist temptation! Remember Refined Sugar is an Addictive Drug.
12).....Clean living spaces (or Even Billy Knows Cleanliness is Godliness)
12a) Vacuum rugs and floors weekly
12b) Vacuum baseboards and windowsills weekly
12c) Dust furniture, pictures, lamps, mirrors, floor corners
12d) Clear away clutter: throw away, give away, put away
12e) Brush away or vacuum cobwebs in corners
12f) Clean behind and under furniture occasionally (rotate doing 1 item each week)
12g) Change sheets and pillowcases at least every 2 wks, every week for true decadence.
12h) Fix sofa cushions daily
13).....Personal and Family Finances (or Poverty's not your Pal)
13a) Making a budget
13b) Pay yourself first; SAVE
13c) Never buy luxuries on credit
13d) Stair-step model for reducing expenses: Food=cook from scratch->cook ready made->eat out fast food->eat out nice food; Entertainment=write plays and perform->get movies from library->rent movies->go to movies->go to theater, etc. To save, go down one stair-step in each category.
13e) Steps to Building financial security: $1k emergency fund in bank, pay off all debt besides mortgage, build 3 - 6 months living expenses in savings, save 15% of income toward retirement, pay off house
13f) Build and keep excellent credit
13g) Give of your substance to the poor, give back to your community, support good causes,
13h) Budget for presents for friends and family, budget for family fun and vacations, occasional splurges are good,
14h) General austerity maximizes enjoyment of occasional luxuries. Nothing's sadder than having too much to appreciate fully.
14).....Car Maintenance (or Be Kind to your Ass for it Bears You)
14a) Wash car weekly,
14b) Vacuum inside and wipe down dash, console
14c) Check air in tires,
14d) Fluid levels with every fill-up
14e) Change oil on equinox, check brake pads
14f) New tires every 20k miles
14g) New belts and hoses after 10 years or 70k miles
14h) Finding a good mechanic
14i) Buy reliable used cars after mechanic's inspection. A new car isn't new for very long.
15).....Uncle Sam and friends (or These guys Make Much Better Friends than Enemies. Stay on their good side!)
15a) Renew Drivers License every 4 years
15b) Car Tag yearly
15c) Taxes April 15th
15d) Do your research and VOTE
15e) Pay tickets promptly,
15f) Stay <10 mph over speed limit
15g) Keep a current passport
15h) Jury duty when called
16).....Home Maintenance (The single Biggest Investment Most People Make)
16a) Exterior Paint and trim
16b) Interior paint and trim
Update: Still working on fleshing out all of this and getting it all recorded. The updated version is maintained here