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10 Things to Keep in Mind When You’re Moving Out

Moving out from your current home to a new one comes with a lot of mixed emotions. It is overwhelming, and you are extremely anxious. Have I packed everything? Did I forget something? Have I missed out on the essentials? Did I break any crockery while packing? Of course, this is all pretty common, isn’t it? But shifting homes can be rattling because it comes with a lot of responsibilities. To keep you on track with it, we have created a checklist for you. So, if you are moving out soon, just keep these ten things in your mind. 1) Pack an overnight bag with essentials. You might not unpack all your boxes and bags as soon as you reach your new home. So, pack all the essentials like two sets of clothes, toiletries, and mobile chargers in a bag. 2) But first, visit your new home at least two days in advance and get it cleaned. Get all the minor repairs fixed. Let the electrician and plumber check for any defects. If you cannot get hold of anyone, call a reliable facility management organization, and they will fix the issues, and clean your homes. As simple as that! 3) Label your boxes. For instance, bathroom, bedroom etc. It is easier to keep track of your items this way. Number your boxes if you have to. Counting the boxes and keeping them in track is the best thing to do. 4) Place all your plates vertically as they are less likely to break in case the boxes slip. 5) Take a picture of your electronic connections. This way, you can easily fix them in your new home. Technically, even your electrician can fix things soon with pictures of the connections. This is a time saviour method and you must adopt it. moving-letter 6) Often, there are many clothes we do not need in a particular season. So, say, you are moving out in summer, you can pack all your winter clothes together, and vacuum seal the clothing. They are safe, and can be stored the same way in your new home too. 7) Let your furniture and fragile stuff be packed by professional packers and movers only. 8) Stop stocking your current home with grocery at least a week in advance. Use up all the grocery wisely and in rare cases you are left with any, donate them to people who need it. 9) Defrost your fridge at least a day in advance, and wipe it clean. 10) Get your address changed. Notify everyone about the change in your address and update your records with the new address.
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A Checklist for A Nanny!

It is an undeniable fact that child care requires a great amount of patience, extreme care, and a lot of attention. Having said that, we must also admit that it is one of the most fun professions–taking care of toddlers and playing all day long with them is as fun as it can get. Child care is an intricate professions where an individual gets to be a part of the child’s life and nurture it from a pretty tender age. Every nanny or child care specialist with minimal experience would have certain apprehensions. And to talk about the first time jobs, we always tend to forget things. But guess what? To make your lives simpler, we’ve compiled a checklist that every nanny can use. Here, take a look: – Name of the child – Allergies – Medication – Timings for food – Places where the toys, clothes, and other essentials are stored Every household has a certain set of rules. Find out what are the rules and stick to them. – Reminders – To-do list Emergency Contact details: – Phone numbers and office address of the parents – Neighbour’s contact details – Any other contact number (In case the above cannot be reached) If the parents are attending an event/meeting: – Where are they leaving? – Any contact number of the place. – What is the expected time for their return? — All those child care specialists out there, take a printout of this list. You have braced yourself for the child care. And when you go to attend the child, do not forget to be patient, kind, and considerate. Put that warm smile on your face. Always.
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Why is training important for domestic helpers?

In India with a striking difference in the social strata, we have an estimated number of domestic workers ranging between 2.5 and 90 million (Source- International Labour Organization statistics dated 2012).Domestic workers play an important part in the economy of the country while creating a path for the upper-middle and the middle classes to focus on their work. Why is Training an important aspect of the Domestic Help workforce? Well, a worker is hired on the basis of the skills he/she possesses and they have to be honed. For any kind of a development, the foundation plays a vital role and it is layered with right amount of training and coaching. In any house, a nanny generally spends more time with the child – You are either a homemaker attending the elders at home, making breakfast for the working partner, guiding the cook or paying off the laundry man or you are the working woman attending to business calls and the call of duty or you could be a single mother. Don’t you think the lady (nanny) who takes care of your child while you are caught up with your occupation needs to be well trained? “ Isn’t being a nanny a matter of motherly instincts- Nanny’s have children of their own,I will hire a Nanny who is experienced.”- you might think. 

Think again, we always customise as per our requirements- sometimes, we do it involuntarily. I have only hired experienced part timer workers since I started living alone (dates back to the Dinosaur age) – I moved from Bangalore last year in 2013 to Calcutta and I am constantly trying to turn my current household help similar to the one I had in the southern IT hub of the country. I even tried offering her some of my old clothes (Read the Indian Salwaar kameez) because I thought she was not doing justice to my household chores in a saree. (Only in vain!) It’s a different story that she laughed it off and I realized that I was trying to take away her second skin. How could she not be comfortable in a saree?? She has been wearing it since she was 10 years old. Ah, well, I guess I was missing my super-efficient Rajasriamma, who was swift in her actions with dusting, mopping and chopping vegetables for me just before I left for work every morning. I thought the attire helped her to move faster too. Customization as per our needs, demands, schedule is always a regular change for domestic helpers. Training ensures openness to change and flexibility. A workforce training centre empowers their employees to: 1. Understand the need of the Client/Customer/Home/Provider/Employer and act accordingly. 2. Understand the home/office culture and employer’s temperament. 3. Understand the importance of asking for permission. 4. Understand the need of privacy. 5. Understand the importance of the appropriate facial expressions and body language. 6. Understand the importance of appropriate communication. 7. Understand the importance of proactively informing the employer about relevant matters related to the Child, Elderly people, Car, bills, Kitchen, household items and so on. 8. Understand the importance of informing the employer about leaves in advance. 9. Understand the importance of arranging replacement for the house in their absence. 10. Understand the importance of background verification and building trust. A well trained household worker makes your busy life easier!
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How To Choose A Reliable House help Agency?

Look for established agencies with at least three years of business experience. The staff number should not be below 5 with the staff speaking the languages of the maids they hire. Offices need to be well set up and organized and inquiries need to be promptly dealt with in a friendly and efficient manner. The agency should: – Discuss and advise on your requirements before the selection process starts. – Offer maids personally selected and trained. – Provide on location training to the maids. – Offer consulting to you after the maid is hired. – Be interested in the welfare of the maid and provide counselling to them. – Offer sufficient information about the maid (Bio data, video, computerized Internet selection). – Professionally draw up a service agreement. – Provide a guaranteed time of replacement of the maid in case you don’t get along well with her.
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