SARAH’S STORY…

Sarah is a college student in McKinney who like most college students has a difficult time making ends meet. She is not on a scholarship and therefore she needs to pay her own tuition and living expenses. Recently, after discovering that she did not have enough money to make her monthly budget, she decided to find a roommate so as to share a portion of her never ending expenses such as rent, groceries, utilities, and so forth.

So she did not want just anyone but rather she wanted someone who was honest, hard-working, and reliable. She placed an ad in the college newspaper and received an avalanche of replies. Unfortunately, the majority of college students that she talked to did not measure up to her standards for a perfect roommate. Finally, when she was just about to give up her search, she met a fellow student at an auto glass replacement in McKinney shop.

She was driving on a gravel road when a rock from a gravel truck smashed into her window. Fortunately, the window did not break but there was a major chip that needed to be repaired. Sarah knew, from past experience, that car windshield chips can grow into large cracks if not taken care of immediately. So, the next day after the incident occurred, Sarah went down to her local auto glass replacement shop.

Sarah’s met a girl who worked as a part-time receptionist for the firm. While she was waiting for the rock chip to be repaired, she mentioned that she was attending the local college in McKinley. The receptionist was extremely friendly and told Sarah that she also attended McKinley college but that she might have to move back home because she just could not afford to continue on with college life with only a part-time job.

You can imagine how Sarah viewed this revelation. She knew that the girl was hard-working because she was able to physically see it. Later, while she waited, she asked the girl a few specific questions about her qualifications as a roommate. The part-time receptionist ended up being the perfect roommate and it all began because of a rock chip on a gravel road.

The moral of the story is that if you need a college roommate to help you with expenses, never give up but simply take your vehicle out for a journey along a gravel road and you too may discover a potential new roommate.

Everyday Cleaning Tips For Shared Student Living

For those that have to share an accommodation or a flat with someone else, life can be challenging. This is especially true when it comes to student years, as this usually the time you might find yourself living with a roommate. In order to establish a problem-free living, you will have to discuss and decide on many aspects of shared living that are mutually pleasing for everyone in the accommodation.

This is especially true when it comes to cleaning the flat or unit you are sharing with someone else. There is a high chance of this becoming a real issue if you and your roommate do not establish certain rules and agree on some points. Since cleaning is not always a number one priority for students, it can be easy to neglect the cleaning service duty as a whole, and leave the place to become a mess. Communication is key in establishing rules that all of you will agree and follow. Consider the following suggestions as guidelines on how to deal with shared living domestic cleaning:

  • Agree on cleaning supplies and solutions – every cleaning chore requires certain tools and gear to be effective. As far as shared student living is concerned, you should agree upon one thing – providing those is your shared responsibility. That said all of the occupants should divide the costs of cleaning equipment equally and fairly. Do not make a compromise with this as it is the only fair way to approach home cleaning.

When the gear and solutions belong to everyone, there will be less conflict and more willingness to participate in cleaning.

  • Reduce clutter to a minimum – if everyone just starts leaving their stuff all over the place, it will not be long before it turns into a mess. A good way to approach this is to keep most of your belongings in your rooms so that it does not get in the way of anyone. That way surfaces will be free of items, which in turn leads to fewer places for dirt and dust to build up and makes cleaning service a whole lot easier.
  • Always communicate if you notice a problem – people are different, no doubt about it. What is acceptable for you may not be unbearable for your roommate. It is imperative that you work together on finding a middle ground that everyone is happy with. The goal is to have a shared living space that is pleasing and that does not cause anyone to frown in disgust upon entering. Efficient home cleaning is the only way to guarantee this and to achieve this efficiency, you have to communicate and discuss all of the problems. Never resort to leaving angry notes or ignoring the duty, as things can really spiral out of control then.
  • Always clean your own – this should come as a no-brainer, but it needs to be mentioned. This will set up an example that others will follow. If you do not take care of your own mess, you cannot possibly expect anything good to come out of this. You will certainly have a room of your own, but also will have to perform cleaning service outside of it.
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