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Ready, set, clean!
You know you want -- or need -- help around the house, but wonder where to find a reputable, dependable and trustworthy housekeeper. Wonder no more! We've got all you need to know to find the help for keeping your house clean that you're looking for.
After being hired:
After your housekeeper is hired, they should be doing the following or you should consider finding someone else.
Making it work
Once you find a housekeeper that you know you just can't live without, you want to make sure the relationship remains mutually rewarding. As the boss, there are a few tips you can use to keep everyone happy and your house sparkling clean.
It's just not going to work
What are the most common complaints people tend to have about a housekeeper?
Breaking up is hard to do
Sadly, there are times when even the best relationships end. It can be tricky to navigate how to terminate the relationship with your cleaning person.
As a former independent housekeeper and a mom who now employs such home help, Pam Norton has been on both sides of this awkward situation. "There are various reasons why someone might want to 'break-up' with their housekeeper," says Norton. Some of the most common reasons are because the family is moving or for financial reasons.
Honesty is truly the best policy, even if the reason you're choosing to stop using your housekeeper is that you're dissatisfied with the level of service. "I was especially grateful for their honesty and any advance notice," says Norton, who now applies those same standards when terminating a relationship with a housekeeper or making a change in service.
If you have to end the service due to financial or personal reasons, many opt to offer a letter of recommendation. "When my husband lost his job, I had to stop using my cleaning person," says Susan Bartlett. "I was so sad to let her go, but it helped to know I was sending her off with a letter explaining how much we valued her."
Relax and enjoy
Ultimately, having a housekeeper should help to contribute to your peace of mind. Sure, it may be a splurge, but the women we talked to said it was definitely worth the money -- one even noted that it's one of the few ways you can purchase true stress relief.
"The day the cleaning ladies come is my favorite day of the week," says a SheKnows reader from California. "I just love coming home to a totally clean house. It's heavenly."
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