WHY WE NEED TO RE THINK OUR HOMES

Our homes are an extension of who we are and how we live our lives. From the moment you step into someone’s house you get a measure of the character that resides there. A messy environment can have a negative impact on our mood and therefore our health, so what simple changes can we make to adjust our outlook on life and therefore promote happiness and harmony within the home?

1. Making your bed in the morning is proven to be the simplest of tasks that has a positive impact on your day.

2. Clutter causes stress – order creates a haven. Spend 3 minutes on each room first thing in the morning to get the room ready for the day ahead, don’t add to yesterday’s chaos as an out of control environment breeds negative energy.

3. Sentimental photographs and objects enhance mood, surplus items create mess. Make your home a gallery of positivity.

4. Gratitude is key to attracting wealth and well-being. At the end of each day, spend a minute or two reflecting on the positives of the day, maybe write down a line or two and save in your journal.

5. We all overstretch ourselves and people please. Try to make fewer plans and don’t stress about saying no. Being true to yourself allows for a richer and more fulfilling life.

6. Ensure children have an active role in the maintenance of their home. One day they will walk in our shoes and simple adjustments now with ensure they respect the home place as much as they should.

7. Paperwork is a curse of all busy households and unopened post and piles of bills create ill feeling amongst family members. Ensure you create a simple and effective filing system and utilise it every single day.

8. Writing lists is key to decluttering the mind. Ensure there a pads around the house to write down ideas or must dos. You will be amazed at how sleep is enhanced when you have off-loaded the mind.

9. Spend a minute or two everyday connecting with something greater than yourself. Meditation is proven to improve happiness. Take a spiritual walk through nature, create a home spa, whatever, soothes your soul, indulge and take the time. You deserve it.

10. Time with your loved ones cannot be underestimated. It’s the richest part of our lives and we must invest the time in the people we care about. Simple tweaks and adjustments to the way we live our lives can create a haven to allow special moments to happen without the added clutter getting in the way.

OXSHOTT – Live in nanny

highly experienced and educated nanny required for a busy family in Oxshott

The candidate will need to have the qualifications and knowledge on child development and overall care

This is a full time live in role with school aged children

Separate accommodation available and an excellent salary

For more details on this role please contact the agency


OXSHOTT – Full Time Daily Housekeeper

Excellent housekeeper needed for a busy professional family in Oxshott

The candidate needs to work to a very high standard and ensure the house is immaculate at all times

Happy to work with dogs and a cat

Cooking for the family

Monday to Friday for around 40 hours

£500 net per week + holiday pay

FARNHAM – Full time housekeeper

Lovely family in Farnham require a housekeeper to work to the highest standards and ensure their home is beautiful at all times

Be able to communicate and manage the property ensuring stocks are replenished when needed

Liaise with principles and take direction and thereafter work independently

Hours are around 40 per week

£400 net per week + holiday pay

RELOCATING ABROAD – WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY

So a new job beckons and the opportunity is too good to miss – trouble is, the job involves the entire family relocating overseas – oh dear!! All sounds very overwhelming doesn’t it? But not so. In the right hands your overseas move should be a seamless exercise in moving home and embracing change. So what’s involved?

RESEARCH YOUR MOVE

This should be a given, a move to a new country needs thought and you should research your new home land thoroughly. Collect as much information as you possibly can regarding laws, customs, cost of living and anything else that gives you a feel for the culture you’re entering. Engage in local schools, requests brochures and check online feedback and forums. Engage a relocation company to support in the early days. Don’t forget your insurances and all the health coverage you will need. DENTISTS!! Register with doctors and investigate your nearest medical rooms. Hopefully these won’t be needed but you never know.

RELOCATION COMPANIES

Consider reaching out to a relocation company ahead of the move. They can offer you great local knowledge, ensure you don’t miss out on a rental opportunites and arrange the meetings and walk rounds with schools. They will support with all doctors, medical rooms and any form filling that needs to be done. On hand for all that support ahead of the move.

SHIPPING AND DRIVING

Dependent on where you’re heading you may need to obtain an international driver permit. Check online and make the application. If you plan to ship your vehicle overseas, dependent on where you’re going it could be a far more cost-effective option than buying a new car. Remember to check local driving laws and pay attention to which side of the road you’ll need to drive on before you take the plunge with regards to shipping.

VISAS/PASSPORTS

You can’t just turn up without the correct visas/passports and making an application for new ones can take months. Be prepared.

REMOVAL COMPANIES

An international move is far more complex than a local one. Take time to research companies with a track record of overseas relocation. Again check online reviews and forums. Get a minimum of three quotes as these costs can spiral out of control. Take this move as an opportunity to declutter the home. You will be surprised at how much we collect over the years that serve no purpose in our lives. Get rid of what you don’t need. Remember this is a fresh start.

MENTALLY PREPARE YOUR CHILDREN

Children can often worry about the unknown when it comes to a big move so make sure they are fully involved in all the plans. Ensure they have a say about what type of house they’d like to live in and what sort of school would suit them. Of course you are the parent so ultimately you will make the decisions but always incorporate any views your children may have. A new language barrier can add to the anxiety of the move so again be prepared and ensure you seek out any expat communities to make sure your children understand they are not the only ones in this position. The more play dates you can arrange in the early days of your move, the easier the adjustment.

EXCITING TIMES

Moving to a new place abroad is exciting, it’s an opportunity that should not be overlooked. Buy guide books and plan trips and outings. It’s family bonding time and should be embraced. Be excited it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Central London – Knightsbridge Housekeeper/PA

Part time experienced housekeeper and PA required to run a busy home in Knightsbridge

The candidate must be experienced at working within a team at a high level and ensure the home is run like clockwork

Must be computer literate – engaging and have a very good command of the English language.  Cooking would be an advantage.  Hands on when needed so the standard of cleaning must be high.

Hours are three days per week for 8 hours per day.  £14 net per hour

WEYBRIDGE – Full time live in housekeeper

Full time housekeeper required for a very busy family in Weybridge, Surrey

The experienced candidate will work Monday to Friday on a live in basis

Housekeeping and child care (experience with new born babies essential)

Cleaning to the highest of standards

Organising of the home to include errands and all laundry

The Candidate does not need to drive but a wiliness to learn would be advantageous

Saturday am working until 12 would be great

Own accommodation with separate and private utilities

£450 net per week

IT’S ALMOST THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN

It’s hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner and no matter how prepared you think you are, a good housekeeper is always one step ahead.

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Even if you’ve not invited guests during the festive period, you should always expect the unexpected at Christmas. Whether it’s family turning up unannounced, or a friend popping over with a bottle of Christmas cheer. It’s all about being prepared.
So, what is the key to a stress free festive season and how can we achieve it whilst remaining calm, collected and fashionably on trend?

Pick a theme for decorating your house, choose a colour way that enhances your home and pick out items in stores as soon as you see them. The wow factor is what you need to impress.

An organised housekeeper will make a note of the last delivery times for your online shop. Fill your digital basket as and when you see festive treats. It’s all about saving time.

A clean home lifts your mood, if you have a housekeeper on board, this is a given, a little extra polish goes a long way especially at this time of year.

No matter what’s on the festive menu, a holiday table deserves a special touch. Add sparkle and shine with a showstopper of a centre piece and if you really are out to impress, hiring a chef for that one special day really does raise the bar whilst allowing time for a little well deserved self-indulgence.

When hosting Christmas lunch for family and friends, it a good idea to buy small individual table gifts to add to the fun… isn’t it nice to make people feel loved?

You’ll agree that nothing beats getting into a freshly laundered bed whilst ensuring you have ample linen available at all times. A good housekeeper will go that extra mile with little festive toiletries to make your guests feel extra special.

Having an experienced helping hand at this time of year is all part and parcel of a wonderful holiday season for everyone. One last and important note to remember… allow yourself the opportunity to enjoy YOUR Christmas.

For more information on recruiting domestic staff contact:
info@surreyhousekeepers.co.uk
Tel: 01372 469378

BYFLEET – Housekeeper Full Time Live In

Full time live in housekeeper required for a busy family of 5 in Byfleet
The candidate must be able to work independently and ensure the home is maintain to a high standard
Cleanliness is key and the candidate needs to be experienced with great product knowledge
The family require around 40-45 hours per week
Own suite within the main house with own private utilities.
Candidate must drive with own car
£450 net per week