Profession domestic housekeeper

A domestic housekeeper works in a private household and is responsible for any housekeeping personnel. The housekeeper makes sure different household tasks are organized and carried out. Examples are making sure supplies needed to keep the household running are purchased and checked, and managing any supporting personnel.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Tasks domestic housekeeper

  • a private household
  • out household tasks
  • housekeeping personnel
  • care of inventory

Related professions housekeeping

  • Butler
  • Domestic help (private homes)
  • First line supervisor of housekeeping workers
  • Hand launderer or presser
  • Housekeeper in hotels, offices or other establishments
  • Housekeeping department manager
  • Lavatory attendant


  • Cleaning techniques

    Various techniques and tools used to clean different types of surfaces to achieve a certain degree of cleanliness such as sweeping, vacuuming, degreasing and wet cleaning.


  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Wash the laundry

    Wash or clean clothes by hand or by use of a washing machine.

  • Control of expenses

    Monitoring and maintaining effective cost controls, in regards to efficiencies, waste, overtime and staffing. Assessing excesses and strives for efficiency and productivity.

  • Supervise housekeeping operations

    Oversee the day-to-day service and cleaning of rooms and public areas to ensure continuous operations.

  • Prioritise tasks

    Organise tasks according to their priority.

  • Iron textiles

    Pressing and ironing in order to shape or flatten textiles giving them their final finishing appearance. Iron by hand or with steam pressers.

  • Vacuum surfaces

    Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and small particles from floors, drapes, carpets or furniture.

  • Clean rooms

    Clean rooms by cleaning glasswork and windows, polishing furniture, vacuuming carpets, scrubing hard floors, and removing garbage.

  • Satisfy customers

    Communicate with customers and make them feel satisfied.

  • Monitor kitchen supplies

    Oversee stock levels for supplies used in the kitchen. Report to the appropriate person.

  • Perform dusting activities

    Remove dust from furniture, blinds and windowsills using specialised dust cloths or hand-cleaning items.

  • Maintain personal hygiene standards

    Preserve impeccable personal hygiene standards and have a tidy appearance.

  • Maintain inventory of cleaning supplies

    Follow the stock of cleaning materials, order new material when the stock is empty and closely follow their usage to maintain a constant supply.

  • Handle chemical cleaning agents

    Ensure proper handling, storage and disposal of cleaning chemicals in accordance with regulations.

  • Store kitchen supplies

    Keep delivered kitchen supplies for future use safely and hygienically according to guidelines.

  • Clean surfaces

    Disinfect surfaces in accordance with sanitary standards.

  • Buy groceries

    Purchase ingredients, products and tools that are necessary for daily housekeeping activities.

  • Make the beds

    Clean sheets, turn mattresses, plump pillows and change cushions.

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

  • Order supplies

    Command products from relevant suppliers to get convenient and profitable products to purchase.

  • Maintain cleaning equipment

    Clean and preserve the equipment and material used for cleaning purposes in a proper state.

Optional knowledge and skills

dietary regimes assist clients with special needs follow written instructions use food preparation techniques teach housekeeping skills disseminate messages to people polish silverware handle linen in stock dispose waste give instructions to staff manage staff clean household linens organise wine cellar tend to elderly people collect mail feed pets lawn care perform cleaning activities in an outdoor environment supervise children assist children with homework manage cleaning activities provide dog walking services serve food in table service greet guests communicate with youth clean glass surfaces arrange special events attend to children's basic physical needs wash the dishes use cooking techniques support children's wellbeing maintain gardening equipment control minor maintenance oversee maintenance work promote human rights serve beverages

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