Certainly, not all people can afford to hire a housekeeper to clean their home, and while a housekeeper is not a necessity in life, just ask any busy working person or the mom of young kids how desperate they are to see that housekeeper arrive on her allotted day.
We live in a time when the pace of life for many people is quite hectic.
There are many demands, which are put upon people such as work and caring for children, as well as maintaining a good balance by having hobbies, exercise, socializing and networking. So when do we mop that floor?
For most people it is difficult to live with disorder and chaos. So if it is within your budget, it may very well be in your best interest to hire housekeeper to keep your home neat, organized and tidy.
So once you have decided to hire a housekeeper, where should you begin? You can start by contacting acquaintances or relatives to ask if they have someone they could share or recommend who does this work.
If that fails you can attempt to find someone by placing ads in your local newspaper. However I must caution you to be organized and thorough in your interview process and to always check candidate’s references carefully.
If you are unsuccessful or unwilling to conduct the search on your own you may choose to call a domestic employment agency and let them find you a suitable housekeeper.
You must also determine what your needs are. Will once a week suffice, or is there too much to do in one day. You may decide that you need someone for several hours every day, or 2 or 3 full days.. Decide whether you like the idea of being at home with this person so you can monitor their work or whether you prefer to be out of the house.
You should have an idea of what chores must be done. For example: would you like the person to do some meal preparation. If so, possibly have cookbooks on hand so they can follow some recipes of your choosing.
Let your employees know if you expect them to do a deep thorough cleaning each time, repeating the work exactly the same, or leave them a list of various chores each time Should they do heavy cleaning such as moving the furniture to reach hard to get places at intervals and more surface cleaning at other times. I find it is always best to be as precise as you can regarding your expectations.
As I mentioned earlier, having a housekeeper may not be the most important thing in the world, but it sure is nice.
I once had a friend in Darien Connecticut who said “when the cereal is dripping from the table while the baby is eating and crying and that housekeeper walks in I wouldn’t trade her for my husband”.