I cook and clean and declutter and organize. I'm pretty gifted in organizing. My mom and sisters aren't. Mom says she wishes I still lived there so I would clean her house like I used to. This helps me pay the bills and only buy what we need, be able to live in an affordable-for-us small space, etc. I always strive to be the perfect wife and homemaker. I think I do OK most of the time, but I always think I could do better. I could spend less time on MDC and more time decluttering, for example.
I didn't learn to cook from my mom. She always complained that I "wouldn't learn" but I don't ever remember her trying to teach me either. My dad taught my sister and I to cook biscuts, pizza, bacon, and various other things, and grilling. That pretty much covered the basics - baking and frying
so I've been able to build from that and copy some of the things my mom used to make. I can cook almost anything, even over a campfire. Some of it is just because I'm willing to try and I know just enough to pull it off
I sew some and do lots of mending, but I'm not into making my own clothes. My mom taught me to handsew and hem, but my dad's mom was the sewer in the family. 2 years ago she gave me a sewing machine for Christmas. I didn't spend quite as much time with her as a child compared to my mom's mom, but she's still teaching me the skills she has. She will try almost any home improvement project on her own and we think a lot alike. I think everyone in the family has a quilt from her - I have two but they are both twin sized from my childhood. We still use them though.
I enjoy problem solving. I'm not very creative in a decorative/artsy sense, but I love being creative about making my home or life more streamlined.
I know how to garden and can. Both of my grandmothers canned. Dad's mom did pickles, tomatoes and jams/jellies. Mom's mom was big on vegggies, green beans and mixed veggie soup. We used to get together with my grandma (mom's mom) to can a bunch of soup all in one day. It was fun and awesome with me, mom and her mom - 3 generations there. My grandma had a stroke in fall of 2000, and that was the last summer we canned. I guess it's just not the same without her. I'm making sure to use up the last of the jars this winter because they're getting old. I guess I need to plant a bigger garden next year, to have enough to refill all my jars!
My grandpa taught me many things that are not necessarily old fasioned "housewife" skills. Like how to repair a garden hose, wire an electircal outlet, plug, mount & balance a tire, drive a standard tranny, use a blow torch, lay bricks, and many other skills. My parents were not particularly good teachers, but my grandpa liked teaching anyone who is willing to learn. From him I learned that you can build/make/repair almost anything. He gave me courage to TRY.
My dad has taught me some basic plumbing and roofing skills. I'm pretty proficient in homeowner type skills.