How often do I need a housekeeper?

domestic cleaning

Your work schedule has grown, you’ve brought home a new baby, or household chores are stacking up and overwhelming you! Whatever the reason, you’re thinking about hiring a housekeeper or cleaner for your domestic cleaning. The question is: do you hire someone to work full-time, or on a weekly basis? Here’s a checklist to help you decide.

Do the numbers

Start with your budget: whether hiring personally, or using a professional service, what can you afford? Do some research to find out about the general daily rate, and include costs for overtime and weekend rates.

Consider what kind of help you need

Do you need help with everything, or just the big things? Here’s a simple break-down:

  • A daily housekeeper is there to assist you with everything from laundry to dusting to doing thedishes. If you have a pressurised job, a houseful of busy children or aren’t physically able to copewith day-to- day chores, then this is a good option for you.
  • If you’re managing the daily chores, but need regular help with bigger jobs – such as changing linens, vacuuming, and cleaning the bathrooms and the kitchen – then a weekly housekeepermay be a better fit.
  • For regular home maintenance focusing on areas that need attention less often, a monthlyservice may be all that you need. Getting windows, walls, your refrigerator and oven cleaned ona monthly basis is good for peace of mind and the value of your home.

So, put your requirements and your budget together, and you’re ready to hire the kind of help you need.

Cleaning the forgotten spots in your home

Cleaning Forgotten Areas

Shiny windows and floors, a sparkling shower and no dust-balls under the bed – you’ve got thecleaning under control, right? Maybe not – the biggest germ and mould traps are often hidden fromsight.  Here are some of the forgotten places where nasty dirt can hide.

Germ traps

  • Your dishes are clean, but what about your dishwasher or dish-rack? Look through your dishwasher instructions on how to run a cleansing cycle, and clean your dish-rack with bleach now and then to get rid of grime and mould.
  • Clean out your fridge. Get rid of any foods, sauces or preserves that have passed their sell-by date, and clean the racks and seals to get rid of any spills or mould.
  • Use a bleach solution to clean your plastic laundry basket.
  • Check the labels on your pillows – if they’re machine washable, wash them! They’re a collecting place for dead skin cells and mites. With feather pillows, follow the washing instructions carefully and dry them properly.
  • If you use a drip coffee-maker, run it with vinegar and hot water once in a while as its parts can become a real bacteria trap.
  • The bathroom is full of forgotten areas: clean make up brushes and sponges with soap and hot water often – or replace them. The same for toothbrushes, toothbrush holders, taps and toilet handles.

Dust traps and fire hazards

  • It’s easy to miss the carpet of dust that forms under and between appliances, and on top of cabinets and cupboards. Give these areas a vacuum and wipe every few months to prevent a build-up.
  • Shake the crumbs out of your toaster, and clean the grease from your stove-top and under the extractor – all of these are potential fire-hazards.
  • Change the vacuum bag or empty it out, and clean the filter.
  • Remember to wash out your pet’s bowls and toys. Lastly, don’t forget to throw your bath-mat into the wash, and disinfect your remotes, smartphone and tablet every so often. Now you’re sparkling!

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Keeping a small apartment clean

cleaning small apartment

Surely it’s easier to keep a small space clean? Anyone who has lived in small apartment will tell you that it isn’t.  There are a few good reasons for this: less space for storage, which means clutter, and you live in every part of it every day, which means more dust and grime. Here are some easy tips to help you keep your cosy home fabulous.

Don’t overload your space

This just means not buying unnecessary items! Run the need-love test on anything before you bring it home, or else it’s going to just become clutter.

Cut down on clutter

Getting rid of clutter is vital for managing a small apartment, and this isn’t something you just do once. Make it a seasonal habit to go over clothes, bedding, books and other items: if you aren’t using something or don’t really like it anymore, give it away or sell it. It will open up space for something you really want – and it means less to clean!

Smart storage solutions are great

Think about furniture items with drawers or shelves – a bed with a pull-out drawer for storing linen or small cabinets doubling as side-tables are great examples. Invest in a compact linen hamper and put up hooks in the kitchen to hang utensils and pans. Being able to put things away means more open space and less dust-collecting.

Make cleaning up on the spot a habit

Keep your sink clear, straighten the bed, put away the DVD’s and your space won’t get messy. Also, set aside one day a week to do a thorough clean: vacuum and mop floors, change your towels and bedding, and give the bathroom and kitchen a scrub.

Seasonal cleaning is for the big things

Once every few months, give your oven and fridge some attention, and this is also a good time to wash curtains, clean blinds and disinfect drains.

Work out a cleaning schedule that suits you and stick to it – your compact space will shine!