Skills To Learn To Become A Great Housekeeper


Published on June 23, 2020

Are you a Housekeeper, or looking to become one? Then it is important that you know, or learn all the skills to become a great Housekeeper. If you want to be able to work quicker, more efficiently, and overall better, than these below skills are for you. You would be surprised at some of them!

So what are the skills to learn to become a great housekeeper?


One of the first skills to learn to become a great housekeeper is multitasking. If you are already working as a housekeeper then you probably know what a challenging job it sometimes can be. Rewarding, yes, but very busy too! No day will be the same and when working for a private household things can change at the drop of a hat. Being able to react to all the varieties of family life will make you extremely valuable for any household as a housekeeper.

This requires the ability to multitask. Which is a skill that comes naturally to some, but not to all. As a housekeeper, however, it is one of the most important skills to learn or develop further.

To be able to multitask, you need to first make sure you are highly organised. Multitasking successfully does not mean simply trying to do a lot of things at once. If you do not have structure and a system in place, you will end up getting stuck in all the tasks you have taken on. Not being able to finish them, or execute any of them properly! So make sure that when you think about multitasking, you have a structure in place. Otherwise, multitasking will become counterproductive and make things even less organised for you!

What we refer to as multitasking for housekeepers, more comes down to being able to switch quickly between jobs. Not to do all jobs at once. As this will only lead to failure.

So to be able to multitask make sure you are always prepared in your normal tasks that need to happen every day. Perhaps you have a list of these to tick off, or a housekeeping handbook that you follow. Even if the must-do list is in your head, it will help you in being able to multitask. As this will allow you to make sure you know exactly what has to be done, making sure you can pick your moment for multitasking. So that everything still will get done in the time when your employer is expecting it to – to the high standard you know you can provide.

Time Management

One of the other great skills to learn to become a great housekeeper, ist time management. Are you good at time management? As a housekeeper, it is an invaluable skill to have. For the same reasons as why you should be learning to multitask, you should learn good time management. Being great at time management will actually allow you to multitask better too!

Time management is key in being able to get everything done in your day or working hours. If you don’t set times for tasks to finish, chances are you end up lingering around rather than working efficiently.

So make an overview of all the tasks that need to happen in a day. And think about how long they realistically should take. For more complex tasks, you might want to give yourself some extra time. Also, count for emergencies or sudden changes in your day – as we know that can happen a lot working for private households!

Now the next time you’re working, try and stick to your new schedule and time. Did it take you much longer to finish certain tasks? Or did you fly through your schedule much quicker? Adjust, update your schedule, and re-apply. You will notice that over time you will naturally become more aware of how long it takes you to complete certain tasks. And how long it should take you. The awareness is key, to make sure you stay focused and make sure you finish your tasks in time.

Learn The Skill To Learn

This might sound confusing to you – how do you learn to learn? Bit, it does make sense. As a Housekeeper, when is the last time you learned a new skill or were open to learning? When you do a job for a longer period of time, it can easily happen that you slip into the habit of things. This can be great, however, it also leaves very little room for improvement.

Sometimes it takes someone else to look at your work and productivity for you to realise how you can actually improve things – whilst you maybe thought there was no room for improvement at all! So you need to learn the skill to learn – learn how to be comfortable with receiving constructive criticism and learn from it to grow.

Taking regular training courses is extremely important for you to improve your skills, adapt to modern-day changing times, and to keep on top of your housekeeping game. It can be doing training courses in actual housekeeping. You would be surprised how much you would actually still learn, but taking the time to going over all tasks in detail again.

But you can also branch out and consider doing a specific service course, for example, silver service. This will add to your skillset and learning new things are great skills to learn to become a great housekeeper.

How can Polo & Tweed help?

Did these skills to learn to become a great housekeeper inspire you? Great! You should consider updating your skills via training, and Polo & Tweed can help! Our internationally acclaimed training academy brings all the best people in the industry together as trainers for you to learn from. You can take training in the form of group training courses, tailor-made one to one training, or online training, from the comfort of your own home. Why not contact us now to find out more!


  1. Jakki Webb says:


    I am looking for a change of career and am very interested in becoming a housekeeper.
    Could you please send me some more details? Thank you.

    • Aafke Meelen says:

      Dear Jakki,

      Thank you for getting in touch and what an exciting time for you! If you are looking to become a Housekeeper, a good first step is to look into Housekeeping training. You can find all of our Housekeeping training options on our website here – and you can also give us a call on +44 (0) 203 858 0233 if you’d like to chat more about the options!

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