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January 22nd, 2021

Housekeeper vs. Cleaner: Which one is the best for your family's needs

In today's time, juggling houseworks and career duties is one of the many challenges families living a cosmopolitan lifestyle need to accomplish. More often, parents call outside help to keep their family and work life in order. Among the outsourced help they employ are housekeepers and cleaners. These roles may sound similar to each, but they have specific tasks that answer to particular needs of a family.

Think of it as apples and oranges. Both are nutritious, tastes good, but offer different benefits that are favorable to varying eaters. Cleaners are people that come to your house on particular days in a month to help you tidy things up. They come and go, and assure you that every part of your house--kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and more--is in safe and neat condition when they leave. Housekeepers, on the other hand, can be your dedicated house managers. Being at your place most of the time, they not only maintain your home's cleanliness, they can also be dependable partners who will restock pantry goods, do the laundry, cook meals, and even babysit.

So, just like our apples and oranges comparison, housekeepers and cleaners are both essential. But for families that demand more assistance, it is pretty clear that having a housekeeper is the perfect labor to acquire.

Now here comes the hard part, selecting the best housekeeper that will suit your family. Finding one can be a tedious job, that is why childcare and domestic helper providers, like us at Little Ones, are here to guide you in making the best decision. Your safety, security, and satisfaction are our top priorities, which is why we ensure that the housekeepers we recommend are trained by experience, highly professional, expertly vetted, and with verbal references.


How can a Housekeeper improve your daily life?

Housekeepers can make your day-to-day life stress-free by ensuring that your home is maintained to a high standard of cleanliness. Apart from keeping things safe for families, it is also important for them to make the house the best reflection of you. Their duties vary, but they are generally able to assist with:

  • Organising the laundry and ironing
  • Changing bed linen
  • Deep cleaning of kitchens and bathrooms
  • Organising repairs and tradesmen around the home
  • Running errands for the family, such as grocery shopping
  • Refilling pantries and cupboards
  • Preparing and cooking meals
  • Caring for antiques
  • Polishing marble, silver, brass and other furniture
  • Wiping down surfaces
  • Assisting with pet care
  • Restocking the home supplies
  • Washing the family car
  • Cleaning windows and mirrors
  • Mopping, hoovering, and dusting carpets and floors
  • Organising and maintaining the wardrobes
  • Cleaning and occasional disinfecting of the children's toys
  • Helping in closet cleanups
  • Packing and unpacking suitcases
  • Taking the bins out
  • Maintaining all rooms
  • Helping with dinner parties
  • Collecting deliveries.


Which Housekeeper Service is the best option for you?

Of course, not all housekeepers are the same and can cater to all kinds of family needs. That's why Little One Housekeepers accomplish houseworks based on the schedules and conditions that are best suitable for your family.

Little Ones agency provides excellent domestic services to help families get as much help as they need. From your first enquiry with us, you will be assigned a consultant with knowledge and expertise to assist you with your search for the best housekeeper.

  • Live-in Housekeeper
  • Working in full-time hours, a live-in housekeeper provides reliable at-home assistance anytime you need it. They should be provided with his or her own room and are able to work for five to six days a week.
  • Live-out Housekeeper
  • Unlike the live-in housekeeper, the live-out housekeeper typically works for five to six days per week, with a minimum number of hours required. The housekeeper does not stay in the house with the family he or she works for, but comes in based on an agreed work schedule.
  • Part-time Housekeeper
  • For a much relaxed set-up, it is best to employ a temporary help for your house needs. A part-time housekeeper usually works less than 35 hours per week, but may carry out the same duties, just simply not to the same extent as the live-in or -out housekeepers do.
  • Housekeeper-Cook
  • They may work full-time or part-time, live-in or live-out, and carry out the usual housekeeping duties. But housekeeper-cook comes with the additional responsibility of preparing meals for the family.
  • Housekeeper-companions
  • If you are not quite ready for a carer, then a housekeeper-companion is perfect for you if you require a little extra help around the home and in your daily life.
  • Housekeeper-companions are there to provide support, company, and ensure that your home is kept up to your standards.
  • Nanny-Housekeeper

Not only does a nanny-housekeeper maintain the order of your household, they can also look after the children. They have excellent cooking and organisational skills to be able to provide food for the family, assist with homework, and other domestic duties.

A nanny-housekeeper may live with the family or live out and work part time, for five to six days per week, for 10 to 12 hours per day. They can work in a sole care position for working parents or alongside parents, depending on the families' desired work setup. Many nanny-housekeepers can also do other duties, like organising the household’s accounts, dealing with the bills, tradesmen, deliveries, and shopping.


How much is a housekeeper's salary?

Having a housekeeper to look for your home and loved ones costs differently depending on the experience and other factors you require. Housekeepers with more years of working experience charge higher salaries compared to the ones with only two to three years being in the field.


Working for 10 ton12 hours a day, five to six days a week, a housekeeper can earn from £10 to £15 per hour or £400 to £600 net per week for full-time live-out housekeepers. For live-in housekeepers, it ranges from £300 to £500 net per week.


In the United Kingdom, families who hire a housekeeper on a permanent basis or for a long commitment look for a housekeeper that is happy to stay with the family for many years. However, families seeking for someone to help them while their current housekeeper is on leave for the holiday or maternity leave for example, can employ a temporary housekeeper, which is the best option for them.


Should live-out and temporary housekeepers live near you?

Little Ones understands how important it is for your housekeeper to live locally. That's why, we only consider a candidate that is able to walk or cycle to your home, or within a 45 minute to an hour travel to you. This is to ensure that your housekeeper arrives on time every day. We also take into consideration the candidate’s welfare and want to ensure they don’t get run down by the daily commute.

Our bespoke consultancy service enables our consultants to get to know you and your requirements thoroughly. Through our thorough interviewing process, we get to know our candidates’ values, interests, and methods. This helps us to ensure that you and your housekeeper are a perfect match, leading to a long lasting placement.

Where to safely and securely get your housekeeper?

Little Ones is a leading premium agency which specialises in domestic staff placements not just in the United Kingdom but all throughout overseas as well. Our 15 years of experience in the industry has enabled us to develop an extremely detailed and thorough vetting process which in turn ensures that we will only provide our clients with the most qualified and experienced housekeepers. The candidates you are presented with are dedicated to their work and they are passionate about working with you and helping you sort out your housekeeping needs.


What happens in the screening process?

In just three simple steps, you can find the perfect housekeeper for your family.

1. Speak to our team

This is when you tell us the requirements and qualifications you want in a housekeeper. We draft a list of candidate profiles. And we will send you a list of housekeeper candidate profiles that match your requirements and we think will be perfect for you.

2. Interview candidates

You can interview our hand-picked candidates in order to find the best one for your family.


3. Hire a housekeeper

Once you have chosen your housekeeper, our Little Ones consultants will assist you in every step of the hiring process.

Speak to an expert today

Our team of consultants are experienced and skilled in what they do and they will help you personalise your Housekeeper search to make sure that the candidates we put forth are tailored to your needs. Your Little Ones consultant will guide you through every step of the process and answer all the questions you might have about your search.


Call us today or request a call back to discuss possible Housekeeping options. To speak personally with a Little Ones consultant and discuss possible Housekeeping options, please call Little Ones on 0207 183 0309 or send us an email at

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