by admin on December 13, 2014

Whether you’re taking your first step of independence through a modest dorm room on the university campus or moving in your first real home together with your sweet heart there are a few clichés that most people seem to fall foul of at some point in the early days of their independent living. These are a collection of tips from own personal experience, and I hope they allow some of you younger readers out there to avoid these pitfalls for yourself so you can enjoy a smooth first year on your own.

Under estimating your food budget.

When I first moved out with a group of my friends into a student house near my university I had the time of my life for the first few months. I was working hard, having a lot of fun and burning a lot of energy. As such I was eating with an insatiable appetite. This ground to a halt in about my third month of residency. My student loan payment (which at the time was a corner stone supplement to my meagre wages as a part time supermarket clerk) had been delayed – by several weeks. By this point in my rampant spending I had put no money aside at all for this kind of situation. I didn’t want to be a burden to my fellow house mates and so in my unyielding hunger I actually ended up taking an additional loan from an online website to help keep me alive until the next instalment of the bigger loan came in. Needless to say it was an embarrassing and educational experience in budgeting and money management for me…

Moving in with your best friends.

They say you never truly know someone until you are living with them. This old gem of advice has lasted through the ages because it is 100% completely true. While you may have the time of your lives with your best mates on a night out or chilling out with a movie this is in no way an accurate reflection of how they live their lives as a human being. I have seen friendships destroyed because of the stress placed upon the relationship when living in close quarters with little breathing space from one another. The best thing you can do (if it’s possible) is to see how your friend lives at home currently. Are they a lazy slob, or meticulous and neat? Do you know if they help with the house work and take initiative to help earn their keep in different ways? You could overcome this by hiring a domestic cleaning service like proclean home cleaning glasgow,  and, of course, sharing the cost! Factors like personal hygiene become pretty important when living in a communal group so it’s best to keep an eye on this too! You should also be wary that you and your amigos share a similar social profile. By this I mean take the time to see if this is going to be a house where every night is a party loudly and drink alcohol night. This is all well and good if everyone is on the same page, but if you have friends (who are no co-residents) who are less a fan of this lifestyle you’re inevitably going to end up with some conflicts of interest. Do as much research and forward planning with your friends as you possible can to try and reduce the odds of this becoming an issue.



Most of your life will be led either at your work or in your home. As a result, your emotional well-being will be positively or negatively influenced by your home-life ambiance. When you make your home your sanctuary, it will always be there to provide you with rest, recuperation, and calming time when you need it.

Many people think of home improvements as major jobs like kitchen or bathroom refurbishments, but one of the easiest improvements you can implement – and one which can make a huge difference to the way you and others see your home – is to have it professionally cleaned, either as a one-off job like a spring clean, or else on a regular basis. Cleaning firms like Proclean Domestic Cleaning Glasgow  will be able to attend to this for you for a modest sum. And if you own property as an investment they can also provide you with services like end of tenancy cleaning as well  see

Your home should evoke feelings of contentment. Every home has its flaws, but too many problems can affect the comfort and appeal it should offer you. Some people don’t consider comfort to be an important feature of a home, but it’s extremely important for a happy life. Comfort issues should be addressed rather than avoided. Replace that hard, lumpy sofa or the desk chair that leaves you in pain. You should have not have to struggle to access your storage space. Change the layout of the space, or make sure you have appropriate tools like ladders and stools to reach high shelves. If you keep hitting the corners of a coffee table, it is wise to just get rid of it, and purchase an oval or round one. Your life will be greatly enhanced by these small improvements.

Maximize the space that you currently have, but do not rule out the option of building extra storage space. Keeping your home organized can make the difference between a livable space and utter chaos.

You should add more fun-filled areas to your home. Some great recreational additions are swimming pools, hot tubs, and basketball hoops.

When you are going to be changing the ambiance of a room, it would be good to consider your lighting scheme. Lighting systems can really increase the overall function and appeal of a room. Think about putting in light fixtures near dark corners or updating existing fixtures with brighter ones. Changing out light fixtures is a quick and easy project for even a beginner at the DIY game.

You may want to try growing something lush and green in a garden. Use a small part of your yard as a vegetable garden, or plant flowers around your mailbox. Even if you cannot do this on your own, a gardener can help and still give your yard the same effect. Another benefit of greenery is an improvement of air.

An update to the outside of your home can be a source of pride and enjoyment for you. Enhance your home’s curb appeal with new windows, siding or roofing. Remodel your home’s exterior, and enjoy its enhanced curb appeal.

Having a home you really enjoy can increase your general happiness since you spend so much time there. This means it’s smart to select improvement projects that not only add value to your home, but also will make you happy.


Who Needs Home Care? When to Make the Call

by admin on June 25, 2014

Facing up to the reality of needing the services of a care giver is pretty unpleasant for all involved. Whether it’s you yourself that’s in need of help or any close friend or loved one, it often represents one of those turning points in life nobody wants to face.

Of course, once the call has been made and the provision of care begun, the individual or couple in question will find their lives, their wellbeing and their overalls happiness enriched in such a way they’ll be wishing they signed up much earlier. Care provision has stepped up in a big way for the 21st century and is almost impossible to compare in any way with that of years gone by.

Home care has been steadily growing in popularity for some time now as a welcome alternative to the standard care home. Being able to stay at home and still receive elite professional care is for most much more appealing than moving into a care home on a full-time and permanent basis. Even so, it can still be difficult to admit that you – or perhaps a close family member – really is in need of this kind of care.

It can be hard decision but it is an important one to make.

All cases vary in accordance with personal circumstances of course, but there are certain signs and signals to be aware of that could indicate the need to at least speak to a care professional.

So if any of the following ring true, it might be time to pick up the phone if for nothing more than an obligation-free chat:

Growing Mobility Problems

Most people are guilty of becoming rather stubborn when it comes to mobility problems – especially in their own home. There are thousands of citizens all over the UK that haven’t used or visited the upstairs of their homes for years now, having found themselves unable to climb the stairs but refusing to move or ask for help. When and where mobility around the home becomes a problem, it can take little more than the occasional visit by a professional care giver to help anyone regain full and comfortable access to every room of the home, while at the same time looking after those rooms and areas that are hardest for the resident to get to.

Simple Trips Have Become Difficult

If and when it has become apparent that simple trips out of the home have become a challenge, it might be time to think about asking for help. One of the most common and helpful duties performed by care givers across the UK today is that of grocery shopping or a bill paying on behalf of their clients. The difference made by no longer having to make tiresome trips to the supermarket alone can be huge – all of which can be organised to suit the needs and desires of the resident, right down to the finest detail.

Health Problems Growing in Severity

Health problems are of course the primary reason why the elderly often make the move to a care home, but in many instances the same care could easily be provided in the comfort of their own home. In any case though, if it’s apparent that existing health problems are getting worse or new health issues are beginning to have an impact on a person’s life, it’s a good idea to make the call and seek a little advice.

Hygiene and/or Sanitary Problems

The same also goes for those facing any general hygiene or sanitary issues. It could be that cleaning the home as a whole has become too difficult to manage alone, or perhaps that bathing has become a painful and potentially dangerous process. In all such cases, there’s really nothing to gain from suffering in silence when there’s friendly, affordable and accessible help out there waiting to be called upon to help with things like cleaning.

Loneliness or Depression

And it doesn’t have to be any specific physical or logistical issues being faced either – loneliness and depression can be even more debilitating. Home care giving isn’t all about cooking meals and cleaning rooms – it’s also about a friendly face providing welcome company and companionship to those who need it most. It’s amazing the difference a genuinely wonderful care giver can make to the life of an individual who really needs nothing more in life than a new reason to smile every day.

Home care can help with loneliness.

Family Dependence

Last but not least, when and where an individual or couple begins to put a strain on both the time and the finances of their family and friends, it could be time to call for some advice. Home care provision isn’t only the ideal solution in instances where dependency has become problematic, but it can also be massively more affordable than most realise.

Written by Chris on behalf of the K2 Care Agency, a care and support agency in Peterborough, England.

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