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Do you have what it takes to be a housekeeper?

It takes so much more than being good at cleaning to be an excellent housekeeper. Do you have what it takes to become a housekeeper? Want to know more?

So what is a Housekeeper’s responsibilities?

A housekeeper is responsible for maintaining cleanliness, organisation and order in a household or establishment. The exact tasks of a housekeeper can vary depending on the size and type of the establishment, but typically include:

  • Cleaning and tidying living areas (e.g. bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms)
  • Doing laundry and ironing
  • Cleaning kitchens and ensuring all appliances are clean
  • Dusting and vacuuming
  • Organising storage areas and closets
  • Grocery shopping and running errands
  • Making beds and changing linens
  • Taking care of plants and pets if necessary
  • Providing general maintenance and upkeep of the establishment

In addition to being skilled at cleaning, a good housekeeper should also have strong organisational skills, attention to detail, and good time management abilities. Good communication skills and the ability to follow instructions are also important.

Did you know there were different types of Housekeeper?

There are several types of housekeepers, each with specific responsibilities and tasks:

  • Residential Housekeeper: They work in private homes and are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and organisation of the living spaces and household tasks such as laundry, ironing, and grocery shopping.
  • Estate Housekeeper: They work in large estates, mansions, and other properties with several buildings and are responsible for overseeing the maintenance of the entire estate.
  • Personal Housekeeper: They work one-on-one with a single individual or family and are responsible for managing all household tasks, including meal preparation, shopping, and personal errands.
  • Part-time Housekeeper: They work on a part-time basis and typically perform cleaning and organisational tasks for a few hours each week. They can also work in several different households to make their hours to a full-time role.
  • Live-in Housekeeper: They live in the property they work in and are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and organisation of the entire home.

Note: These are some common types of housekeepers and the responsibilities can vary based on the employer's needs and the specific job description.

What are the characteristics of a good housekeeper?

  • Attention to Detail: A good housekeeper pays attention to detail and ensures that every aspect of the cleaning and organisation is done to a high standard.
  • Organisation Skills: A good housekeeper is organised and efficient, with the ability to prioritise tasks and manage time effectively.
  • Physical Endurance: Housekeeping can be physically demanding, so a good housekeeper should have the physical endurance to complete tasks such as cleaning, lifting, and moving furniture.
  • Cleaning Skills: A good housekeeper has a thorough understanding of cleaning techniques and is skilled at using cleaning products and equipment.
  • Communication Skills: A good housekeeper is able to communicate effectively with their employer or team members, including providing updates and requesting supplies when needed.
  • Dependability: A good housekeeper is reliable and consistently shows up for work on time and completes tasks as assigned.
  • Flexibility: Housekeeping tasks can vary from day to day, so a good housekeeper is adaptable and able to handle a range of tasks and changing situations
  • Discretion: In many cases, a housekeeper may have access to private and confidential information, so it is important for a good housekeeper to maintain confidentiality and discretion.

So, how can MASSEY’S AGENCY help you?

In the first instance please send us a copy of your up to date CV to us at mail@masseysagency.co.uk and we can assess how we might be able to assist you in your search.

We require a minimum of 4 years’ experience of working within a private household, you would also require a visa that allows you to live and work in the UK.

We look forward to helping you in your search.

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