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How to set up a cleaning schedule with your housekeeper


Having a housekeeper or other household staff to support you in your busy daily life can be a great way to ensure that your home stays clean and organised and your family life runs smoothly. After all, we function better and think more clearly when our homes are in good order. To set up a strong working relationship with your housekeeper and help her stay on track with all the tasks you need her to complete, a great place to start is by sitting down together to develop a clear and efficient cleaning and housekeeping routine.


Clear communication is essential. She wants to do her job well, make you happy, and get everything done in a timely manner - and this is how you can help. A well-thought-out routine can help your housekeeper stay on track, and keep your home in top condition. Here are some tips for setting up a cleaning routine for your housekeeper.

First, sit down with your housekeeper right at the very beginning and discuss her duties and both your expectations. Talk to them about the tasks she needs to complete on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. This will give a good idea of what needs to be done, and when. Make sure to be clear about the tasks and timelines, and ask which tools she needs or would particularly like to do her work well.


Next, create a schedule together that works for both you and your housekeeper. This should include all of the tasks that need to be completed, and the frequency in which they should be done, along with some details about when she might prefer to complete them and also when it would be most (or least) convenient for you. For example, you will want her to avoid vacuuming while you’re working from home on a conference call, or prefer that she not be tidying the kitchen when you’re making the children their lunch. Be open about all of these preferences so that she knows what works for you and what doesn’t.


You may need to adjust the schedule from time to time if something comes up, but having a regular schedule will help keep your housekeeper on track.



Make sure to provide your housekeeper with any supplies and cleaning products she may need. You may also want to consider setting up a cleaning caddy that has all of the necessary supplies in one place. This can save time and ensure that your housekeeper is able to work efficiently.


Finally, revisit the schedule regularly - and communicate with your housekeeper at all times. Talk to her about any concerns you have, and ask for her feedback on the effectiveness of the cleaning routine and how it’s working for her. This can help you make changes and adjustments as needed to ensure that your housekeeper is able to complete all of her tasks and everybody is comfortable with the workload in the home.


Creating a cleaning routine for your housekeeper and setting up a schedule will help make both your and her life so much easier - and who doesn’t want that?


Here is a sample housekeeping schedule you can use as a starting point for your own schedule:

Daily Tasks:

  • Make bed and change linens (if needed)

  • Dust surfaces

  • Vacuum or sweep floors

  • Clean kitchen (wipe counters, sink, and stove)

  • Clean bathroom (wipe down surfaces, clean toilet and shower)

Weekly Tasks:

  • Clean windows

  • Dust and clean ceiling fans

  • Clean and organize pantry and refrigerator

  • Mop or wash floors

  • Dust and clean baseboards

Monthly Tasks:

  • Clean and disinfect toilets, shower and tub

  • Clean inside of oven and microwave

  • Dust and clean blinds and light fixtures

  • Clean and organize closets and cabinets

  • Vacuum and clean furniture

This schedule can be adjusted to fit your specific needs and preferences.


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