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Instructions for Housekeepers

The hardest part of your job as a housekeeper may not be the cleaning. If you and your client speak different languages, miscommunication can be a problem. Be upfront about your English ability from the beginning. Ask your client to speak slowly if you don't understand the instructions. It is a good idea to ask your client to give you a checklist of things that need doing. Impress your client by preparing a checklist ahead of time, and asking them to take a moment to check off anything that needs doing. Leave extra space for specific instructions and details. You may want to personalize your checklist for each client.

Sample Blank Checklist

Please place a Y (Yes) beside any item you would like completed today. Add details where needed.
Sweep  
Mop  
Vacuum  
Laundry  
Tidy  
Clean appliances  
Dust  
Bathrooms  
Bedrooms  
Windows  
Dishes  
Take garbage out  
Other  
Errands or Shopping:
Notes to housekeeper:
Notes from housekeeper:

Sample Filled-in Checklist

Please place a Y (Yes) beside any item you would like completed today. Add details where needed.
Sweep Y main floor
Mop  
Vacuum  
Laundry Y load of whites
Tidy Y upstairs
Clean appliances  
Dust  
Bathrooms Y all 3 please
Bedrooms  
Windows  
Dishes  
Take garbage out Y  
Other Y water plants

Errands or Shopping:

pick up kids at school 3:15

pick up milk and postage stamps

Notes to housekeeper: Vacuum isn't working. It's getting repaired.
Notes from housekeeper: Where are the extra towels?