Families: Hiring a Housekeeper

Yeah, okay, money can’t buy happiness.

You know what it can buy?

A clean house.

A clean home is a happy home!
A clean home is a happy home!

There’s a huge trend lately to hire someone to do the housekeeping. As I’ve searched for jobs, I’ve intereviewed for full-time and part-time housekeeping positions and learned quite a bit that I’d like to share. If you’re searching for a housekeeper, I hope this information will help you find the right fit!

There are two different types of housekeepers. The first type spends a full 30-40 hours in your home, basically “keeping house.” They are paid not only to clean, but also to fold laundry, pick up after the kids, and provide emergency childcare. They are entitled to full benefits, such as paid holidays and sick days. They’re basically a “stay-at-home-mom,” just a paid one. They can be an excellent addition to your household if you can afford it. If you can’t afford to pay a full rate, offer extra benefits like two weeks of vacation time or half-days on Fridays. Remember, if you ask them to drive somewhere or provide transportation, be sure to reimburse for gas!

The other type of housekeeper is paid just to clean your house. They typically come every week or other week and do cleaning such as vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathrooms, making the beds, etc. These women do not do laundry, grocery shopping, or meal preparation. They can be hired through a service or privately, depending on your area. The best part about hiring an occasional housekeeper or cleaning service is that if you don’t like the way they work, it’s easy to find a new one. Full-time housekeepers, however, are generally in for the long-term.

Whether you choose a full-time housekeeper to add to your household or to hire a cleaning service, it’s very important to treat them well. This is 2015; the women who help you run your household are working just as hard as you are!

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