This is just the first part of my list, it goes in to another page in detail about food, then a detailed daily schedule (only important if you have a baby I think) and a weekly/monthly cleaning schedule that is in a chart format.
Before we had babies, a lot more cleaning was done! Ie, the sheets and towels were washed at least twice a week, the flat was dusted more regularly, etc... But I reduced the cleaning schedule to make it more realistic considering the changes in our household. I have also stopped having eh sheets ironed (much to the dismay of my spoilt husband!) Of course on many weeks the towels do get washed more often, etc... but at least this way everything is scheduled to happen at a minimum frequency that is actually practical.
Domestic Helper Guidelines
1. From 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
2. Saturdays – Same, except sometimes we will take Baby out in the afternoon.
3. Sundays- the first 4 months with the new baby, we would like ½ day of help on Sundays. It is up to the two of you how you share this.
4. You will use the back door except when with baby, then the front door. All doors must be locked at all times.
5. Windows must be closed by 5:00 pm to prevent mosquitoes from entering the flat.
6. We don’t want you to have any parties or have friends over when we are away. If you want to do something special with friends, please ask us first and we will consider
7. If you are going to stay out overnight, please tell us in advance and be sure the bolts are locked on the back door and you use the front door instead.
8. No use of home phone or computer.
9. Mobile phone not to be used during working hours or when with the babies.
10. Washing Machine only to be used for your clothing, not your friends.
11. No loaning, lending or borrowing of money or advances of salary.
12. If something is broken or not working, tell us immediately so we can replace/repair.
13. If you are uncomfortable in the house, need anything or have questions – tell us or ask.
We will pay you 3,400 a month for salary plus 300 food allowance
We will pay the Levy in advance
We will pay for your health insurance with AIA.
We will also pay for any thing else required by HK law.
When you have all the papers from immigration and receipts from the doctor, insurance, etc… we will pay you for all of that too.
Vacation – we will let you know when we are having a holiday, and you can have your leave to the Philippines at the same time.
We will also give you a weekly budget for shopping and household goods – but we hope you will spend much less – so we do want the change. If you run out of money, you need to let us know.
Please save ALL receipts and keep record off all expenses in a notebook
We will want to see the notebook and receipts sometimes – not because we don’t trust you, but because we want to see how much money we are spending.
We prefer if you shop at the wet market and Welcome/ParknShop and try to buy inexpensive food and inexpensive items.
We expect you to buy the household cleaning materials and anything we need. Just save the receipts and write it all down in a notebook that we can see.
If you need something special, please let us know.
Please also keep a shopping list of what we need. For heavy/bulky items I will order online once a month or so (washing powder for example), and we usually go to the supermarket at the weekend, so please write us a list with what we need.
The 12 statutory holidays for 2007 are :
1. The first day of January (1 January)
2. The day preceding Lunar New Year's Day (17 February)*
3. The second day of the Lunar New Year (19 February)
4. The third day of the Lunar New Year (20 February)
5. Ching Ming Festival (5 April)
6. Labour Day (1 May)
7. Tuen Ng Festival (19 June)
8. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day (1 July)
9. The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (26 September)
10. National Day (1 October)
11. Chung Yeung Festival (19 October)
12. Chinese Winter Solstice Festival (22 December) or Christmas Day (25 December) (at the option of the employer)
Vacuum every day
Clean the bathrooms
Clean the Kitchen
Check the plants to see if they need water
Monday - Wash the towels
Monday – Change water in all vases and wash the vases too
Monday – Make baby food
Tuesday – Dust the shelves
Tuesday – Wash Baby Sheets and Bed Toys
Wednesday – Clean the balcony and balcony doors
Wednesday -– Make baby food
Thursday – Change the sheets on the bed and wash the sheets
Thursday - Change water in all vases and wash the vases too
Friday - Clean under and behind the bed, sofas, desks, dressers, book shelves, tables, etc…under the carpets, etc…
Friday – Wash Baby Sheets and Bed Toys
Friday – Make baby food
For Adults: The white box of Persil, only half a ‘scoop’, Cold Wash (MIN)
For Baby: The blue box of Persil Non Bio, only half a ‘scoop’, 30 Degrees
NO fabric softener for Baby
Use Dryer for Sheets, Towels and some adult clothing (I will show you what is okay to dry)
Lay flat to dry for delicate clothing – underwear, bras, certain shirts, I will show you
Hang to dry – baby clothing, nappies – okay to put drying rack outside in garden
Iron and put away – use plastic hanger for clothes
Husband's trousers – put a crease in the front
Wife's trousers and all Jeans –do not crease
Do NOT iron: sheets, towels, baby clothing, underwear, elastic in any clothing (my maternity trousers have elastic at the waist, please do not iron that section)
Dry Cleaning – we will leave for you in a bag with money to pre-pay.
When the dry cleaning is returned – please take out of plastic bags and hang up in closet using plastic hangers.
Water plants as required.
Orchids do not need a lot of water – only once every 2 weeks or so
Use spray mister to water leafy plants
Use hose in back to water back garden
Dust the leaf of the house plants regularly
Be sure there is no water in the plates below the plants
If you need to re-pot plants – let us know and we will buy soil to use.
ONCE A MONTH:
Wax and polish all wood floors – move furniture and carpets to do this
Wash all walls of bathrooms and kitchen with bleach
Clean all the shoes –dust, polish as required
Polish all Brass – fans, elephants, etc…
Use Special furniture oil/wax on all the – tables and chairs
Wash the covers of the sofa when needed, once every 2 months.
Polish the leather sofas, once every 2 months – we will show you what to use.
We will ask for the curtains and duvets to be dry cleaned sometimes, and other special things done in the flat.
For example – before our parents arrive I will want the entire flat to be perfectly clean with a ‘Spring Clean’
If we go away – we will also ask for special things to be done – like ‘spring clean’ or to re-coat the wooden floors, etc…