General duties you can expect your housekeeper to perform
The complete list of what a housekeeper would be responsible for doing in your home really varies depending on your needs. Ask yourself if there are specific needs that do not fall on the list below (such as caring for pets) and, if so, make sure to include those in your job listing.
Here are the general duties of a housekeeper:
- Light cleaning in the living areas. This includes dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping the floors in all rooms.
- Cleaning the bathrooms, including mirrors, toilets, showers and baths.
- Cleaning the kitchen, including wiping down appliances, counters, sinks and cabinet doors.
- Washing and drying dishes and putting them away.
- Changing bed linens and making the beds.
- Washing, folding and ironing bed linens.
- Cleaning interior windows.
- Removing garbage and recycling.
- Restocking personal items such as toilet paper, tissues, etc.
- General tidying up of the rooms. This includes putting away toys, decluttering and light organizing.
- Running errands for the family. This can include things like grocery shopping or dropping off dry cleaning and mail. Make sure that you go over this item with your housekeeper and provide her with some method of payment. Not all housekeepers will be willing to perform this duty, so have it in your listing and address it in your interviews.
- Preparing meals for the family. If this is something you want your housekeeper to do, make sure to specify this as some housekeepers may not provide this service. Discuss their level of comfort in the kitchen during your interviews and make sure you get an idea of what kinds of meals they make.