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Things All Single Women Need at the Home

Updated on February 4, 2015

According to a study done in 2010 states that 51.3% of women over the age of 15 are single. That's a bunch of women living alone going about there daily lives companionless. So I thought I'd take the time to put together a list of things single women need in the home for those "just in case" moments.


This is a must when the lights go out. You don't want to be left in the dark for these just in case moments. Strategically placing flashlights throughout the house come in very handy. Purchasing those flashlights that resemble ink pens are perfect for kitchen and bathroom drawers. They are small and convenient enough for stashing in small places. One click of the button and you have instant light. Knowing where your breakers are is a great idea as well. With a flip of the switch you might be able to turn your own lights on without needing your backup flashlights. Keeping a spare flashlight in your glove compartment for any situations that might arise is also a good idea for your vehicle. And always remember to keep spare lightbulbs on hand too.

Toolbox (Yes, with tools inside.)

I don't want to hear, "I don't even know what a wrench is." Well it's time you learned sister. It's time to stop calling on your neighbor to ask them to help you fix something. Unless you love seeing their rear end in those jeans, other than that you need to have your own set of tools. Having some basic tools around the house and the knowledge of how to use them, can help you in any do it yourself job and will only strenghten your independence.

Air Compressor

Some of you might say, "What's that?" And if you know what one is and what it is used for, kudos to you. An air compressor can be used for inflating your tires. For some this could be a Godsend due to the fact that they no longer have to stop and attempt to get air at a gas station. Most of those air pumps don't work half the time or are problematic in some form or fashion. Most air compressors also come with a large light or warning lights on them for emergency situations.

Step Ladder

Most women are height challenged and can't reach those hard to reach places. A small ladder or step stool could give you a little boost to see those spices in the back of the cabinet. It can also help you dust those hard to reach places such as the top of the refrigerator.

Ice Scraper

These little inexpensive gadgets can be found at any gas station. These are awesome if you have to deal with snow or ice that piles on your vehicle in the wintery months. Let the defrost do some of the work on those icy patches that are too stubborn to come off. Then wipe away any residual ice and snow with the scraper.

Automatic Car Starter

If you no longer want to be out in the elements scraping snow with that handy dandy snow scraper and don't have someone to do it for you, an automatic car starter can do the trick. No more worries about going outside to defrost your car. And it has the opposite effect in the heat, providing your car with a cool inside. A remote starter can also be helpful if you're walking alone to your car. Having it already started and ready for you to get in and drive off can increase your safety. You can buy a kit and have them install it at an auto repair shop. Or take your vehicle in and have a professional provide their own kit and installation.

Car Phone Chargers

Definitely a must for the car. Not just for single women but for everyone. If an emergency situation were to occur and you have no juice on your phone, you could be in big trouble if you're unable to call for a lifeline to help you out. Always making sure your phone has enough charge can make a bad situation a little bit better.


Well I won't go into much detail with this one. You know what it's for and why. But if you want to avoid an overflowing toilet and don't want the expense of a plumber or calling on a maintenance man, it is best to have a plunger around. For such an easy fix to a possible reoccurring problem you should get one. And if it's not for you it could be for any company you may have over. It's better to have one and not need it instead of needing it and not having it.

These are just a few nifty items to have around the house when things may take a detour for the worst and you have no one else to rely on but yourself. As single women we must be prepared for situations that come up that we just might be able to fix on our own. Learning how to be independent is mostly trial and error. Any triumph that we make as a self sufficient woman is a definite plus.


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      Robert Zimmerman 3 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      I would add to that a small, quality Multi-Tool to carry. Deals with lots of little emergencies.

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      Ausseye 4 years ago

      Hi NiaGee;

      Impressed with the range of good old fashion equipment you suggest, but I felt you left out a Plumber, Electrician , Gardner, Builder or Computer Technician…… these chaps could do the work and leave the young people free to do their thing. I applaud your independence and feel confident you will change the world to make it a better place. I have read about a Chinese Village where gender dominance is firmly in the hand of young women, and it works great….we males get to sit around and do nothing very much, a world where being an unemployed bloke is considered normal and appropriate. Love your willingness to accept us males being home bodies, wow I’ll be in that. Obviously the hub made an impression, can I join the cult and proclaim freedom, a place of bliss where we can go surfing, cycling or riding and those single souls will keep us in the way we have become accustomed. Yep love the concept and what piece of equipment will I need to make it happen?? Love the hub and its rub, be single and keen.

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks for adding to my hub. All additions are welcomed!

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      Carlon Michelle 6 years ago from USA

      Great Hub... Snake for plumbing comes to mind too. Duck and electrical tape and Wow how many scrapes Rubber Bands have gotten me out of. Smile!

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Love it! Definitely pesticide needs to be added to the list.

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      bangingbeauty 6 years ago

      NiaG, how about a can of pesticide? This comes in handy when you see a creepy bug in the house. Bugs creep the hell out of me, and I would never ever dare to catch up with my hands.

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks Mary615. I know the things I listed are things I frequently use. The only thing I don't currently use is the automatic car starter. And trust me that is on my immediate things to get. Not having a man to scrape all that snow off or start up the car for you can be brutal in the winter and I'm not having it this winter! Thanks for dropping in a comment. Have a good day!

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      I agree. every woman needs a toolbox, among other things. I'm an old do-it-yourselfer" and I'm pretty handy around the house. I've found if you are stumped about a problem, go into your local hardware store and explain the problem. Chances are they'll help you get through, and sell you what you need to fix the problem. Good information here.

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Don't give up clara! What do you need help on? It's all easy peasy. Just let me know. Computers are the dumb ones. They do what we tell them to do. :-)

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      MemphisYankee, get some of them. At least tools. I'm always working on something whether it's taking off the back of a watch or screwing in a lose screw. Most of the time you can figure out what tool is needed for what. Thanks for dropping in a comment. Have a great day!

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      MemphisYankee 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Good hub! I don't have several of these items, but perhaps soon! :)

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      Clara Kish 6 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Hi, your hub is very interesting. If you did this all yourself then I am ready to give up .I am still trying to get a computer working , Your Hub should go a long , Have a good day, the best to you. clara