Most people are unpaid and untrained housekeepers, or to put it another way, amateurs. Professionals have a housekeeping job description that describes what they have to do and how to do it. But there’s nothing stopping you from developing a personal housekeeping job description to keep you on track.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Minimally Viable Housekeeping, says “The main benefit of your own housekeeping job description is that it helps you get clear about what needs to be done, and how long you’ve got to do it in.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for developing your housekeeping job description:
- What is your purpose? It’s entirely possible your purpose is providing an immaculate home. But it’s more likely your purpose is something else entirely, and a big part of housekeeping is making the time and space available for that.
- What are your responsibilities? What do you and your family expect of you, for example, clean bed linen weekly, healthy and nutritious meals or a hygienic bathroom.
- What knowledge/competencies do you need to fulfil your responsibilities? What do you need to meet those needs; sufficient clean bed linen in storage, recipe books and a good local market, or a supply of appropriate cleaning products.
- What equipment do you need? Do you have the right tools and products; an efficient washer, serviceable cookware and cleaning tools?
- What are your hours? You’ve got your paid work and commute, then you’ve got the time that you’d like to spend with your family, plus I hope that you have time just for yourself. How much does that leave for housekeeping? Do you need to get more efficient at housekeeping or will you sacrifice time from somewhere else?
Alexandria’s tips for developing your housekeeping job description will help you focus on what’s important and manage your time
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