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Hiring and Communicating with a Home Cleaning Service

Thanks for stopping by my website. My name is Annabelle Collins. My husband and I live in a large house with our two teenage children. We’re fortunate in that we’re able to have a cleaning service come and clean on a weekly basis. In the past, I found that it was difficult for me to exert myself when it came to hiring and communicating with our cleaning service. I’ve never been very authoritative, and that shone through in a not good way. I wanted things to be done in a certain way, but found it difficult to ask for what I wanted. I have come to realize that in order for the service to do the job I want to be done, I have to ask for it to happen. I doubt that I’m alone in the fact that this is difficult, and want to share my experience and growth.


Hiring and Communicating with a Home Cleaning Service

Child Going To College? 7 Tools To Help With Dorm Life

by Vicki Burns

Whether your graduate is headed off to school on the other side of the country or a college just down the road, they need to have a few basic tools to keep their dorm life humming. What sort of tools should every kid take with them to the first chapter of their adult life? Here are seven of the most important that you can find at any hardware store.

1. Hammer 

One of the most useful items in most tool kits is a hammer. And for a student setting up a dorm — hanging shelves and pictures, assembling furniture, performing quick fixes on broken pieces, and even freeing the occasional stuck item — this will likely be the most called-upon tools they'll have. 

2. Knife 

A hammer might help put things together, but a utility knife is vital in getting them apart. A small utility knife fits anywhere and folds up safely for dorm storage. It might even be the tool most called on to help with class projects too. 

3. Duct or Electrical Tape 

The old adage that duct tape can fix anything isn't always far from the truth. This universally-praised adhesive can help with anything from minor vehicle emergencies to keeping that battered duffel from falling apart when they bring laundry home. Add electrical tape to the list for smaller and more delicate adhesive work. 

4. Standard and Philips Screwdriver 

Screws are ubiquitous, and for the lack of a single one, entire furniture items can fall apart. With a screwdriver set that includes more than one size and both standard and Philips heads, even the most untrained person can keep their stuff solid and safe with a quick twist. 

5.  Pliers 

Pliers give the user a solid grip on things, so they come in handy in unexpected situations. They can bend or remove a dangerous nail, serve as an impromptu clamp, or help get that overly tight screw loose. Pliers serve as a helpful third hand and are always welcome. 

6. Measuring Tape 

Even with modern tools and technology, little beats the traditional measuring tape when you need accurate dimensions. And with most dorms being less-than-generous spaces, knowing the right sizes of things will come in handy. 

7. Multi-Tool 

A multi-tool could take the place of some larger tools — usually a screwdriver or pliers, for instance — if the student is very cramped for space. While not as rugged or universal as their larger counterparts, they have the advantage that they can fit into a pocket, glove box, or small drawer. 

Any college student outfitted with these few basic tools will not only be able to help themselves stay out of trouble but may also become the go-to helper for others who aren't quite as well-equipped. And you'll rest easier knowing that you've prepared them for whatever life in the dorms can throw at them.