6 Useful Laundry Tips

Doing laundry can be brutal and sometime laundry mistakes happen. Here are some laundry tips to make it a little easier on you.

  • Make your own detergent – it is so much cheaper and better on your wallet and it is way better for your clothes. So it’s basically a win-win. Check out this site for Ingredients and instructions for homemade laundry detergent.

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  • Use a dry erase board or chalk board to write yourself a note which pieces can’t go into the dyer – we’ve all been there and accidentally put one of our favorite pieces of clothing into the dryer. Next thing you know, your favorite shirt could fit on a Barbie.
  • Wash your colored clothing inside out to prevent fading – the only downside is having to turn everything right side out when you are finished, but it will keep your colors looking better for longer.

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  • Try out dryer balls – they make your towels and sheets fluffy, plus you don’t have to keep buying them and they don’t produce waste. Dryer sheets also cause a build up on towels and blankets that keep them from remaining fluffy.
  • Freeze your jeans – may sound odd, but putting your jeans in the freezer will kill off bacteria that cause jeans to get a weird smell. So if your jeans have a weird smell even after washing them, try placing them in the freezer (when they are dry).

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  • Learn how to get out any stain – let’s face it some stains are worse than others, that because they are no all the same. The University of Illinois luckily created the stain solution to help everyone.
  • Use baby shampoo to unshrink your clothing – place your shrunken clothing in luke warm water and a cap full of baby shampoo and your clothes will be back to fitting properly. Here are the step-by-step instructions.

 

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Helpful Ways To Organize Your Office

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  1. Purge your office – get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around your office, if you have items that are just there and serving no purpose and are not getting used, it’s time to toss it. Anything in the office should be fair game. If it’s broken and needs repairs you should stop and ask yourself, “am I really going to fix it?” If the answer is no then throw it away. Get rid of the clutter and your office will feel much bigger.
  2. Put everything away – This may see like an odd step to do at the beginning, but it is easier to organize your office if your items are where they belong. So put everything in it’s proper place.
  3. Establish “zones” – figure out what type of activity happens in the different areas of your space. The most common zones are: a main workspace (desk ) a reference area (filing cabinet and shelves) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)
  4. Make it convenient – Place the supplies that you use most within reach or in drawers in your desk.
  5. Label everything – Get a label maker that’s simple to use. Label shelves, bins and drawers. This will remind you where things go and to help you maintain your organization as well as help others who may have a need to find or use,anything from your office.
  6. Change the filing system – You may be able to eliminate some of the files, folders, and papers in your office. If you have the storage to keep digital files, it will save you a ton of space. This will be time consuming to convert everything to digital files, but it is so worth it. With that being said, make sure you are doing regular back-ups. Tip: you should always keep important documents in a hard copy.
  7. Organize your drawers – Use drawer organizers to help you divide your items. These will also make it easier to find things in your drawers. It is also recommended that you have one drawer for supplies and one drawer for your personal items.
  8. Maintain it – the most important step is to keep up with your organization. Enjoy your organized office!

How To Ask For A Raise

Asking for a raise can be a very intimidating and awkward experience. The best way to go about asking for a raise is to be prepared. Your anxiety and nervousness will subside when you’re well-prepared. But, you might just find that asking for a raise is easier than expected.

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First things first – when asking for a raise you can’t simply say “can I have a raise”? You need to have a specific and realistic number in mind. You need to do your research and find an average rate for similar positions in your area and then compare that number to what you are currently making. This will help you calculate exactly how much to ask for when asking for a raise. Other factors can effect that desired number such as how long you’ve been in the position.

Next, you need to not only talk about what you have done, but what you are planning to do within the company. This will give your boss the notion that you are there to stay and thinking about the future. You can accomplish this by evaluating what your company needs and is currently lacking. Back your ideas up with methods on how you are going to solve the problems and why you are the perfect person to solve them.

You should definitely mention your accomplishments when you ask for a raise. Sometimes it is uncomfortable bragging about yourself, but making a point that you are a valuable asset to the company is always a good move. Make sure you talk about your successes and achievements, not just qualities you have.

Timing is everything, so time your proposal properly. The most ideal time to ask for a raise is when you have just completed a project, solved problem, adopted new responsibilities, or done something else that was noteworthy for the company.

You might also consider asking for a bonus instead. Some companies may be able to provide you a bonus if a pay increase is not possible. Bonuses do not commit the company to a long-term salary change, so sometime companies are more willing to do bonuses than raises.

A major mistake that is commonly made is complaining. Complaining about your current income is not how you should go about getting a raise. Even if you are someone who hasn’t gotten a raise in years or someone who does twice the amount of work as fellow employees, no boss wants to hear it. You can always spin these negatives into positive points for your proposition.

Often times people will use leverage such as another job offer they have received in order to get a raise at their current company. This is not always the best route. Yes, you want to prove you are a valuable asset, but this could appear to your boss as a sign you are not committed to the company.

So just remember these steps: do your research, form a proposal, brag about yourself, and keep it positive and your request for a raise might be granted.

How To Pair Wine With Food

Becoming an adult is hard because that means you actually have to start knowing your alcohol and what to eat with it. Your new adult friends won’t be impressed with your college instinct of drinking anything with an alcohol percentage on an empty stomach to get a buzz faster. Instead, try pairing wines with compatible foods to really spark your taste buds.

Here is a reference guide for matching wine with the right foods:

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  • Dry White – White table wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Albarino, Gruner Veltliner
  • Sweet White – Riesling, Malvasia, Müller-Thurgau, Moscato, Gewürztraminer
  • Rich White – Chardonnay, Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne
  • Sparkling White – Champagne, Prosecco, Cava
  • Light Red – Pinot Noir, St. Laurenet, Zweigelt, Gamay
  • Medium Red – Red table wine, Merlot, Sangiovese, Grenache, Termpranillo, Zinfandel
  • Big Red – Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Monastrell, Aglianico
  • Dessert Wine – Port, Sherry, Late Harvest, Ice wine

Of course you will want to pick one for the majority of the meal instead of serving a variety of wines. Some foods are hard to match with wine such as asparagus, green beans, artichokes and chocolate.This guide will put you in the right direction when you are being am adult and having a dinner party or when you are out at a restaurant and trying to decide what wine will be best.

6 Key Factors When Finding A Roomate

Trying to find the right person to live with is no easy task. Finding someone that meshes well with your lifestyle will be easier when you consider these 6 key factors when finding a roommate.

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  1. Were you already acquainted with this person?
    • Yes (we’ve met) – proceed to question 2.
    • No (I’ve never met this person) – proceed to question 2.
    • Yes (we are best friends) – You should probably not room with this person. Being roommates with a best friend can often put a strain on a good relationship.
  2. Are your sleep patters similar?
    • Yes – proceed to question 3.
    • No – You need to determine if you and this person can compromise on each other’s schedule. If you can’t compromise, they are not the roommate for you.
  3. Are you both non-smokers?
    • Yes – proceed to question 4.
    • No (we both smoke) – proceed to question 4.
    • No (only one of us smokes) – You need to figure out if there can be boundaries such as only smoking outside. It all depends on your preference and lifestyle.
  4. Do you have similar cleaning habits?
    • Yes (we are both clean freaks) – proceed to question 5.
    • Yes (we are both messy) – proceed to question 5.
    • No – You need to consider whether or not this person’s cleaning habits will bother you. If they are a slob and you are neat or vice versa, it probably won’t turn our for the best.
  5. Did you get a good vibe from the person?
    • Yes  (they seemed like a good person) – proceed to question 6.
    • No  (they seemed a little sketchy) – Trust your gut! if you got a weird feeling, look for someone else.
  6. Are they willing to provide roommate references or let you speak to their previous roommates?
    • Yes – If you made it through all of these questions, they will most likely be a good roommate for you.
    • No – This could be a red flag. Might want to keep looking.

These 6 key things are not guaranteed to find you the perfect roommate, but it will help you find out if you are compatible for living together. One important thing to think about is you and your lifestyle preferences. It is always best to try to find someone that lives like you do.

Critical Interview Tips

Let’s face it, interviewing is just plain awkward. You feel uncomfortable and nervous, which often times leads you to forget crucial factors that employers and recruiters are looking for.

Here are crucial interview tips that will help you stand out:

  1. Walk in with confidence. First impression are everything.
  2. Have a firm handshake. A firm handshake portrays confidence.
  3. Make eye contact with the person you are speaking to.
  4. Smile! You want to come off as a friendly co-worker that people at the company would like to work with.
  5. Know about the company you are interview with. Researching them is important!
  6. Avoid fidgeting and talking with your hands. Even though you are just trying to settle your nerves, it is distracting and lets the recruiter know that you are uncomfortable.
  7. Know about yourself. This may sound silly, but the recruiter is trying to learn about you, so be able to explain everything that is on your resume in detail.
  8. Dress for the part you are applying for. You should always be well groomed when going in for an interview.
  9. Don’t just focus on you. Ask the recruiter about themselves, their experiences at the company, why they choose this company, etc. This will help you learn about the company and if you’d fit in and enjoy it.
  10. Show interest. Be passionate about the job, the opportunity and the company.
  11. ASK FOR THE JOB (if you want it)! This is the most important. Ask what the next steps are, it shows that you are truly interested.
  12. Follow up. Contact the recruiter after the interview to say thank you and to schedule the next step of the hiring process.

 

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Hopefully these tips will help you in your next interview process. Just remember to relax and be prepared!

Do’s and Don’ts on Social Media

A lot of the time we turn to social media in order to vent and to let our true thoughts and feelings be shared with those that we are friends with or are following us. Sometimes this can back fire.

Even though you think you are in a safe and judgement free zone, there are many factors to consider when publishing a new social media post.

Here are 5 things you should think about when you go to post something new:

  1. Are you over exposed or being provocative?
  2. Are you using appropriate language?
  3. Is there any illegal activity?
  4. Are you complaining?
  5. Are you talking badly about others?

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You maybe thinking, who cares, I can post what I want, or if you don’t like it then unfriend/unfollow me, but the truth of the matter is that this can ultimately affect your future when it comes to jobs, schools, etc. So stop and think before you post!

Move In Necessities

Moving can be extremely stressful and hectic, but it can also be exciting to start over somewhere new. Often times when moving to a new place, you will purge your old items and buy new items for your new home. But then the list keeps growing of what you think you “need.” Here are some tips and tricks to help you determine your move in necessities.

Step 1: Make a list. This might seem like a silly first step, but physically writing out a list will help you get a grasp on what you are missing and help you keep track of what to get. It often is beneficial to categorize your list by rooms in your house (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc.).

Step 2: Go through your list with a highlighter and highlight all of the items you could truly not got a day or a week without. This will help you narrow down what you NEED.

Step 3: Research your items. If you’re shopping on a budget go to your favorite store’s website and look up how much these items cost and plan accordingly.

Here is an example:

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Once you’ve checked off all of the items that you highlighted to be necessary, then you can repeat the steps for your wants.

Quarter-life crisis

People always refer to a “mid-life crisis” as someone trying to adjust to the uncomfortable transition of becoming older. This usually occurs around a significant event or milestone such as a birthday. People suffering from this often experience feeling fearful, desiring a simpler life, and making rash decisions. Does all of this sound familiar? If so, it’s probably because you’ve experienced it your self!

We all know the signs of a mid-life crisis, but here are some signs of a quarter-life crisis:

  1. You’d pay a lot of money for a moment of clarity and insight.
  2. You have zero idea what you want to do with your life.
  3. Your monthly “budget” of expenses being more than your income is dawning on you as a serious issue.
  4. Yet, you don’t understand why spending money at the bars isn’t a valid expense.
  5. You have buyers remorse for everything that you buy.
  6. You make a list in your head of all the tasks you need to accomplish and suddenly you feel overwhelmed. So, the only logical way to deal with the build up is to binge watch a series on Netflix or Hulu.
  7. Doing basic daily chores makes you feel so accomplished.

But have no fear! Your  quarter-life crisis is about to get a lot better once you see what these famous and successful people were doing at your age.

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So relax! You have time to figure out what you want to do and who you are. Ignore the clock in your head and just be happy on your journey.