Let’s face it, in today’s fast-paced world, household chores often get bumped down at the end of many people’s to-do lists. If that’s the case with you, not to worry! You might just need a helping hand — a housekeeper can help save you time in your busy schedule. Time that can be spent with friends and family, pets, or engaged in enjoyable hobbies.
One question many homeowners have when they do decide to hire a housekeeper is how often they need their home cleaned.
Factors to Determine How Often a Housekeeper is Needed
Basic Factors to Consider
There are many factors you need to consider before determining this, but to give you a jump-start, here are the basics:
Daily House Cleaning
If you have a jam-packed schedule, young kids, or you are an elderly individual who needs assistance each day with basic chores, you may consider this option. A daily housekeeper visit will ensure someone is there to keep the home looking well taken care of while you go on enjoying your busy life.
Weekly or Bi-weekly Cleaning
Hiring weekly or biweekly help is a great option for anyone who just wants regular maintenance in the home. The housekeeper will likely have to stay a bit longer and attend to some areas that you may not clean as often on your own time. However, this is a great option for those who have enough time to take care of the basics in between visits. Housekeepers that visit weekly or bi-weekly will likely spend time on tasks such as vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, as well as changing linens.
A monthly visit is a great option for anyone who just wants a professional to take care of the cleaning on a regular basis. You should still make sure to clean in between the housekeeper’s visits to give the housekeeper an opportunity to focus on less frequent jobs.
If you have enough time to or simply prefer to clean your home on your own, you may opt for an occasional housekeeping service.
Other Factors to Consider
What do You Need Cleaned?
One good approach to deciding how often you need a housekeeper is to determine the tasks you will need or expect your housekeeper to complete. From here, you and your housekeeper can determine how frequently service is needed.
If you need help with basic tasks like laundry, vacuuming, dusting and dishes, might mean you should lean more towards a daily or similar schedule. Just need the bathrooms cleaned and the linens changed? Weekly may work best.
Finding it difficult to complete the more time-consuming tasks such as washing windows and walls or cleaning the attic or oven? Monthly may be the best option for your lifestyle.
If you feel you need a housekeeper on a less consistent basis, you may choose to hire a housekeeper on an ad-hoc basis. Perhaps for a special occasion, a post-renovation clean up, or around the holidays, when you are strapped for time or are expecting family and guests.
What’s your Budget
If budget prevents you from choosing the best frequency for your needs, not to worry. There are lots of ways to make sure you make the best of the time you have your housekeeper. Some of these include:
- Make a list of the cleaning tasks that are most important to you. This way, the most pressing items get taken care of first, while the less critical items can be saved for another time
- Alternate the tasks that get done. If you have your housekeeper visit once per week, consider rotating the tasks you have them complete. For example, you could have them clean the main bathroom one week and the powder room and kitchen the next, etc.
Make the Most of your Budget
Preparing for your housekeeper to arrive can save both of you time in the long run. This can be a controversial topic as you may be thinking “why am I cleaning before my housekeeper arrives? Isn’t that why I’ve hired her?” Yes, and no. Making your housekeeper’s job easier, means they will have more time to complete tasks. Here are some examples:
- Bringing the laundry to the laundry room and sorting it
- Picking up toys and clothing off the floor for easy mopping and vacuuming
- Making cleaning supplies easily accessible (if your housekeeper is not bringing their own)
Still Not Sure?
If you’re still unsure which frequency is right for you, speak with your housekeeper about a trial period. Perhaps you can start with a bi-weekly service and if you feel as if it’s too much or too little, you can scale back or increase the frequency of the service.
You should also consider getting more than one opinion. If you are still in the hiring process, ask each of the housekeepers you interview for the level of service they would recommend based on your needs. Also ask around at work or chat with friends and neighbours that have a housekeeper. You’ll usually come away with some great tips and insight!
Share your care with another family
Looking for an extra set of hands around the house who can help with meal prep as well as cleaning? While nannies can be more expensive than maids or house cleaners, setting up a nanny share with another family has the potential to make this option more affordable. You’ll still get a clean house, but you’ll also get child care service - which is a great deal for cost conscious families!
After considering these factors, along with your budget and schedule, it’s time to find the right housekeeper for your needs.
Let us help you! The first step is posting your listing here on Housekeeper.com. You will be connected to an entire community of housekeepers looking to get to work on your home!
Editors note: this post was originally published on June 27, 2015, and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness
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