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The How-To Lounge: Hiring a Housekeeper

There never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished, especially for working moms who always have their hands full. Luckily there are ways to get help with all the mundane chores you are too tired to tend to after a long day. In this How to Lounge, I am here to give you some tips on how to find a good housekeeper who you can trust to make your home spic and span while you are busy working, playing with your kids, enjoying time with your mate, or just relaxing.

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  • The most important thing to take into consideration when hiring a housekeeper is the safety of your personal belongings. You need to be able to trust this man or woman 100%
  • Ask your friends or family members for recommendations. If they have had good luck with someone, perhaps you can use them as well or they could have friends that they recommend
  • There are many housecleaning agencies or services out there where you can actually test a few cleaners in order to find the right match for you. If you live close to a hotel or if you like your office cleaner, ask if they are interested in cleaning a smaller space
  • Regardless of how you meet your housekeeper, it is imperative to interview them and get a feel for their character
  • Make sure you are clear about the details: Who will purchase the supplies, will he or she have a key, will he or she clean alone, will you be home while he or she is cleaning, payment, scheduling, insurance, what will happen if he or she is sick, how you like your things to be cleaned, if he or she will do laundry, how you like your bed made, etc.
  • Over time, if you see that it is taking less time for your housekeeper to clean your home, give him or her specific projects; organizing your closet, polishing your silver, cleaning your refrigerator, etc.
  • Depending on the size of your home or apartment, it is recommended that your housekeeper should come for three to five hours every other week, obviously more frequently if you have animals, children, or if you share an apartment with more than one other person

Finding someone who does a good job and who you trust could take some time, so once you establish a good working relationship, keep him or her close! Good luck.


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