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Old 02-13-2008, 02:39 PM
 
Location: The California Delta
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I am a housekeeper holding my first position in this field. It is a live in position. I wonder, what makes a housekeeper a great one? How can I make myself the best housekeeper ever? Thanks for your input.
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Old 02-13-2008, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Probably doing the unexpected! Itís hard work keeping up with all the details for a housekeeper but little things that can go unnoticed might help separate the better from the average housekeeper. Look at doing things others would miss or not think about. One of the items that come to mind are doorframes ~ no one ever dusts the top of them.
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:51 PM
 
Location: The California Delta
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Thank you for the suggestions. I want to become invisibly indispensable!
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Thank you for the suggestions. I want to become invisibly indispensable!
Sounds so wonderful! Wish I could afford ya!
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Saylorsburg
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I have been in your postition. Clients told me that things like cleaning the inside of the microwave, cleaning ceiling fans and changing lightbulbs for them was a pleasant surprise. I also made sure that fresh trash bags went into every empty trash can.

(a trick I learned from working at Best Western was to fold the end piece of toilet paper into a point. This only works if the roll dispenses tp from the top. ~If you really want to go over the top)

Also essential is to use Febreeze on the fabrics. These things and others made my clients feel as though they were getting the most for their money. I even had a client that was letting friends use their vacation home and wanted it cleaned. They had left a note for their friends that the towels hadn't dried before they left, so they were still in the dryer. I took it upon myself to fold the towels and place them on the linen shelf. My client was happy that I had gone so far. Good Luck!!
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:40 PM
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To me the best housekeeper would be one that arrived on time, cleaned quickly but VERY efficiently, was bonded, and VERY honest. I don't want to worry about someone hurting themself while in my home, stealing anything or breaking anything. I want them to treat my treasures like they are theirs. I want them to be kind to my children and respectful of my husband and myself. I would prefer they didn't smoke at all but if they did it would be outside. If they have to quit give at least 2 weeks notice.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:47 PM
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Think of some trademark to represent yourself. My daughter was thinking of starting a maid service business and her trademark was to be a small container of fresh daisies. She was going to call it Daisy Maids.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Think of some trademark to represent yourself. My daughter was thinking of starting a maid service business and her trademark was to be a small container of fresh daisies. She was going to call it Daisy Maids.
You might want to remove your post before it's too late. Somehow I think your daughter wouldn't appreciate her idea out in the open if she's still planning on this business.
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:12 PM
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You might want to remove your post before it's too late. Somehow I think your daughter wouldn't appreciate her idea out in the open if she's still planning on this business.
Her first degree was marketing, she will soon be a nurse. Thanks, though. This idea was a between jobs thing. I am sure she would not mind someone else benefiting from her imagination.
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Her first degree was marketing, she will soon be a nurse. Thanks, though. This idea was a between jobs thing. I am sure she would not mind someone else benefiting from her imagination.
If the idea is totally out of the window, then it's fine. It sounded like it may still be in the works. Sometimes Moms disclose too much info.
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