There are plenty of times in life when we find it necessary to engage or hire people to work for us in our homes. This can be quite difficult to cope with. After all, your home is your sanctuary for you and your family. It’s where your most prized possessions are kept, and where your babies sleep. Some people can really struggle with the thought of strangers coming into their home. So what can you do to feel a little more comfortable around the people that you hire?
Plumbers and electricians are the tradespeople we call upon most often. Usually, there is a single room affected, and it’s easy to close the rest of them off. Of course, there will be times when every room and all those spaces you never see will need to be opened up to a tradesperson.
In an emergency, you have no time to vet or run checks on the person you let into your home. This is why it might be a good idea to have the name and number of a company that you have used before or that comes highly recommended. Do your checks before you phone them! Many tradespeople are really nervous in your home. After all, your home is clean and tidy, and their job most certainly isn’t. Give them some sheets to work on and a towel they can use to clean up.
Using a cleaning service is supposed to make your life easier! So why do so many of us clean our houses before they come? Lots of cleaners worry that you won’t be happy with their work and just fire them. The way you clean your home isn’t the same as how other people do it. That doesn’t mean they won’t do it your way if you just ask them! Communication with your cleaning service staff is essential if you’re to be happy with them.
Check out the most reputable cleaning services you can find. It’s a good idea to develop a relationship with the person that is coming to your house. Hygiene is your priority, and you want your home to be tidy and presentable when you get home. This is your cleaner’s priority too. Make it clear where things should go, even if they’re not there right now. And don’t be afraid to ask your cleaning service provider to stay away from certain things or areas if you prefer.
Many nannies live in or at least stay overnight in your home from time to time. This person is responsible for caring for your child. You want to know that your child will engage in enriching activities that benefit their development. Most importantly, you want to know your little ones are safe. Your nanny, however, might be worried that you don’t trust them. This can put a strain on your relationship.
Instead of staring for hours at the nanny-cam and checking every one of your earrings is still on your dresser, choose a nanny you can trust. Make sure they’re qualified and have current disclosures and checks. Most importantly, spend time talking to them about their day with the kids. Build good relationships with the people that come to your home.
These are just a few ideas, I am sure some of you have more. Please share them in the comments!