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dont know how to deal with it - June 29th 2011, 05:40 AM

i come from a very rich family and i've always had someone to to all my house work(cleaning rooms, washing clothes etc.) but now i'm gonna be off to college and i realize i dont know to do anything and my mum keeps complaining that i'm spoilt and stuff like that but i feel that there's nothing i could have done about it because she has always kept a maid in the house.
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Re: dont know how to deal with it - June 29th 2011, 05:50 AM

Why not teach yourself some of the basics? Do your laundry a few times this summer. Try ironing, sewing up a hole. Perhaps clean your own room before the maid comes in-- maybe make your bed a few times. It's best to practice before you get to college or you might feel overwhelmed. Just cause you grew up with a maid doesn't mean you can't be a functional college student

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Re: dont know how to deal with it - June 29th 2011, 06:39 AM

Exactly! My parents always did my chores for me (except washing the dishes), so when I left for college, it was a bit of a shock as well. I asked my roommates for help, though, and I quickly learned how to use the vacuum cleaner, how to do the laundry, how to change the bedsheets, etc. You could try asking your mom or even your friends! If they don't want to take the time to teach you... why not Google instructions on doing all of those things? Trust me, it's really not that difficult. =) You'll be a pro in no time!

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Re: dont know how to deal with it - June 29th 2011, 08:57 AM

As looming as these chores seem, remember they're pretty easy, although may not be loads of fun. Most washing machines have a guide on them that says which cycle to use depending on the type of the clothing. Liquid detergents have a pre-determined amount of how much liquid to use depending on the load size. Dryers usually are the same in that the settings are often self-explanatory. However, certain fabrics you may want to let dry by themselves. For example, some of my martial arts gis, particularly my judo gi, has to be hung to dry. If it's put in the wash, it'll shrink and I probably cannot fit in it any longer. I figured this out the hard way, had to get a new gi.

Cleaning rooms is not a fun chore but it's easy, there's nothing to explain.

For years my mother washed my clothing so I too didn't quite know how to use the washing machine and dryer but eventually she said I was old enough to learn so she showed me over the span of several weeks.

In terms of vacuuming, changing bed-sheets, cleaning my room, sewing, washing dishes, cooking, etc..., I had to learn all those years ago. They're not hard to do but they're not necessarily a fun experience, except cooking as I often find that relaxing and a time to mix stuff together to see what gives. It's also a time to practice basic medicine as I'm a walking disaster in the kitchen. If I don't burn myself, cut my finger, drop something on my foot, etc..., then it's an unusual cooking experience for me LOL.

I recommend learning before you go to college because many people already know how to do them, they may look down on you either as a spoiled brat or as someone who is too stupid to function. However, you'd probably have people tell you how to use certain things. Many people in college or university don't know how to cook very well, so you won't be unusual in that respect. In fact, if you can cook quite well, you'd get positive views.

I'll admit, if someone asked me how to use the washing machine or dryer, I'd say it's a reasonable question. However, if someone asked me how to change a bed, I'd think they're joking around, lazy as hell or incredibly stupid.

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Re: dont know how to deal with it - June 29th 2011, 06:58 PM

thanks for the help guys..will try to learn as many as possible. the main thing bothering me is how my parents always complain that i am spoilt and wont make it on my own but truth is i couldnt ever really help it and realised now that i have to do something about it
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