The rise of the housekeeper
Need an extra pair of hands? If you're considering hiring a housekeeper, there are few things you should know before handing over the hoover. Here are some basic rules to keep things sweet.
Life is hectic – this we know! Between long hours at work, lengthy commutes, organising and running around after kids, and having a social life there’s barely time to think about cleaning and running a house – much less actually doing it.
Enter the housekeeper – a modern-day fairy godmother who will not just clean your home, but also manage and maintain the running of it. More than just a cleaner, a housekeeper will also do household admin, shopping and cooking.
But if you’re thinking of hiring a housekeeper it helps to know what you can reasonably ask your housekeeper to do for you – so we asked the experts at Hummingbird Home Staff for some tips. Here are their dos and don’ts.
The dos – what you can ask the housekeeper to do
■ Full deep cleaning of the house including hoovering.
■ Laundry, bed-linen change overs and ironing. Putting away laundered items and taking any dry cleaning away to be processed.
■ Cleaning the kitchen cupboards and fridges, freezer, storage and larder.
■ Dealing with house plants and usually feeding the cat and letting the dog out.
■ Grocery shopping – either ordering on line or visiting the supermarket for the weekly shop, unpacking and putting away.
■ Emptying the bins and sorting out the recycling.
■ Loading and unloading the dishwasher.
■ Arranging for any servicing on home appliances or the boiler.
■ Waiting in and signing for packages and deliveries.
■ Cleaning out the fire and relaying a new one.
■ Sorting out the post.
■ Paying bills if needed.
■ Cooking a meal for the family.
The don’ts – what you can’t ask the housekeeper to do
■ Signing for a large consignment of logs, then asking the housekeeper to remove them off the drive where they were deposited and taken down the garden to the log store.
■ Cleaning out and hand washing the car.
■ Cleaning out the shed or garage including moving heavy items like lawn mowers and DIY equipment.
■ To paint and redecorate.
■ To defrost the family’s cars in the morning.
■ To shovel snow off the driveway and clear a path.
■ To wash the family dog
■ Gardening including mowing the lawn and caring for patio furniture and play equipment.
■ Putting up shelves, pictures or any DIY projects
■ Wrapping all Christmas gifts and writing Christmas cards.
Hummingbird Home Staff is a Surrey-based business with more than 25 years of experience in matching nannies and housekeepers to homes around the UK.