Have you considered what you do with you free time? Do you spend your spare time doing tasks a housekeeper would do? Hiring a part time housekeeper could free up time and improve you life in a number of ways. Take a look at some of the amazing ways a part time housekeeper can improve your life.
Why Should I Hire a Part Time Housekeeper?
I hate cleaning, it fills me with dread. I hold my hands up I am a perfectionist. If I start cleaning I want it to sparkle, there are no half measures. So cleaning eats up my time. Am I being effective and productive? I have to say no I am not, I am not a professional housekeeper. Would I ask a dentist to build me a garden wall? Whilst I am sure a dentist could find a book and follow instructions on how to build a wall, it would take him a long time and he would be learning from his mistakes as he went along. A professional housekeeper can make my home sparkle in a fraction of the time it takes me.
Think of your home as a business, when a business doesn’t have the skill set required to do a job to the standard they need they bring in a subcontractor. Or if the business doesn’t have the capacity of man hours needed, they sub contract out. By employing a part time housekeeper you hire in an amazing skill set. Depending on how big your home is and the tasks you would like them to perform, along with how often you would like them to visit will effect the number of hours you need.
What Tasks Can a Housekeeper be Asked to Do ?
- Laundry and ironing for the whole family
- Deep cleaning of the whole family home, dusting, vacuuming, mopping
- Cleaning bathrooms and toilets
- Tidying up the whole house
- Cleaning the kitchen
- Doing the family grocery shop
- Washing up
- Run errands for the family
- Change bed linen
Importantly, whilst a housekeeper will and should get through more than you can in the time, you need to be realistic in what you ask them to do in the time available.
How A Part Time Housekeeper Can Improve Your Life
If you have a large home and already have a full time housekeeper, bringing in a part time housekeeper a couple of days a week could give you cover for your housekeeper’s days off. Giving you support 7 days a week, knowing a housekeeper is coming in everyday to keep on top of things.
A part time housekeeper can be a great solution for a family with young children at home and a nanny housekeeper unable to complete all the housekeeping. They can focus on the deep cleaning allowing the nanny housekeeper to keep on top of the day to day tasks and care for the children.
A part time housekeeper can come in whilst you are out blast through the work and be gone before you return from work if you wished. A silent angel taming your home so that you return to perfect sparkling calm. My personal preference, I love the feeling of returning from work to a spotless home.
So a housekeeper can give you back all that precious time you are currently loosing to inefficiency. How do you see your self spending your new found time? Spending time with your children and family. Playing sport, swimming, golf, working, taking up a new hobby, learning a language, really the possibilities are endless.
A calm, clean, tidy space can really help some people to relax, unwind and reduce stress. Generally raising your standard of living. There are also studies which have been done which show that clean fresh bedlinen can help you have a better nights sleep. All generally helping to lift you and your family’s feeling of wellbeing.
A housekeeper can help reduce the stress of worrying about when will you have time to do this or that, especially if it is a task you have delegated to your housekeeper you can relax in the knowledge that it is already taken care of.
Part time housekeepers are usually paid hourly and we have put together some handy guidelines for you to read here. It can be more cost effective to work with a recruitment agency rather than a housekeeping agency. In particular when looking for a long term housekeeper, you will pay a one off introduction fee rather than paying the housekeeping agency each time the housekeeper visits your home.
Finding the Right Person
Finding the right person who fits with the family and has the correct skill set is key. Every family’s needs will be different and a good housekeeper should be able to easily adapt to them. Ensure you follow up and speak to references from previous employers, this will give you a good indication of how they work. One person’s clean is not always another person’s, so trial your potential new housekeeper to see their skills in action. Have them clean or iron choose skills you that are important to you that they are done well. If the person is a great personality fit, but they lack a little in their skills could you consider sending them to training or getting someone in to train them? Polo & Tweed offer both group training and in situ tailor made training, you can read more here.
Working with an agency such as Polo & Tweed can be helpful in finding the right person, a good agency will take all the stress out of the process. They will ensure you only see the best applications which match what you are looking for. This saves you all the time of sifting through irrelevant and poor applications. A good agency will have checked references before you ever meet someone so you know they are worth while interviewing. The agency will also guide you through the whole process offering support along the way. So that you can focus on finding the right person to work with you in the quickest most efficient and stress free way. If you would like Polo & Tweed to help you find the perfect part time housekeeper do get in touch here or call +44(0)203 858 0233 we place staff internationally and are always happy to speak.