Handy household tipsBy TheStudentGuide
The thought of living away from home for the first time can be a little overwhelming. Everything is down to you now – doing your washing, cooking, paying bills, changing your bed.
You may feel alone at first but you will soon realise that you are one amongst many who are in the same position as you. Your new roommates will become your support network and you will gain plenty of confidence from living an independent lifestyle.
The Student Guide has compiled some top tips to guide you through living away from home for the first time…
It is easy to lose your common sense when you’re living away from home for the first time. Your cooking skills may not be up to much and this alone will increase the risk of a fire!
Student homes also are a hotspot for burglaries as each student living in the house will most likely own a laptop, mobile phone and TV.
- All windows and doors (including your bedroom) should be locked when the house is empty.
- Keep valuables such as laptops, cameras, mobiles phones out of sight. Don’t be tempted to leave your laptop on the desk by a window.
- Don’t leave your back door open when you go upstairs.
- Don’t answer the door to anyone if you’re home alone at night, unless you’re expecting a visitor!
- Don’t be tempted to leave your house keys near the front door/downstairs.
- Put net curtains up, not trendy but it keeps prying eyes at bay.
- Take out insurance on your most expensive valuables.
Fire safety tips:
- Turn off all appliances when out of the property.
- Make sure that your smoke alarms work and check them on a regular basis by pushing the button. Replace batteries regularly and never take the batteries out.
- Don’t put anything metallic (e.g. foil, saucepans, baking trays etc) in the microwave.
- Don’t cook food when you’ve just come in from a night out – you could be tired and less aware of your actions.
- Don’t smoke in bed!
- Remember that using candles can be dangerous, always remember to blow them out before going to bed.
- Never use an appliance that looks dangerous such as damaged plugs or blowing fuses. Never replace a constantly-blowing fuse with one of a higher rating.
- If you smell gas, call National Grid free on 0800 111 999.
- Keep a fire blanket and fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
- If you can’t put a fire out safely, then get out of the building and call 999.
We all know we should be more ecologically active, what with the constant reminder of how we should be reducing our carbon footprint. By making small changes to your daily routine at home, as well as helping the planet, you will also be saving lots of money.
- Money saving tips:
- Turn off lights when you’re not in the room.
- Use energy saving light bulbs.
- Don’t be tempted to leave electrical appliances on standby.
- Use a “half-load” setting on your washing machine and a 40° temperature will usually be enough for washing most clothes.
- When making a cuppa, only fill the kettle with the water you’re only going to actually use.
- Go shopping with your housemates and buy in bulk.
- Get a TV license rather a fine! Also, get Freeview rather than an expensive satellite subscription.
- Make a weekly household budget and stick to it.
- Buy the supermarkets own brands of food and drink, loads cheaper than the branded products and tastes just as good!
Student houses are infamous for being untidy, messy and crawling with germs. Well, don’t be lazy and let that happen! If you keep on top of your cleaning and tidying it’ll be a happier household.
- Thoroughly clean the bathroom and kitchen, they are a hotspot for bad bacteria and germs, and vacuum regularly!
- Find out what day the rubbish is collected on your street and always remember to put out the bin on that day.
- Create a cleaning rota so it isn’t left to any individual person, this will keep your house clean and avoid arguments!
- Always have a cupboard full of cleaning products; the cheap brands in the supermarket are just as good as the brand products.