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What do you do when you have spare time because the child is sleeping, so you clean up the place. The problem is, they then got rid of the housekeeper that came once a week without telling you (I heard from a neighbor) and never offered you anything extr

Extra to keep it clean?

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Alicen in Warsaw, MO
March 8, 2019

Usually light house keeping is a requirement. When I babysit and kids are in bed, I always try and tidy up. I believe it just a nice extra thing to do so they'll notice and remember you! If you're talking about deep cleaning and you think the nap allows enough time for you to really clean good, then I would simply ask if they'd want you to start deep cleaning during nap time for a little extra money. If that doesn't allow enough time and you're interested in making a little extra then you can just mention it. I'd say something like, "The neighbor told me the other day that you got rid of your house keeper, I can't tell but if you'd like me to stay longer and clean ever you for extra money, I'm very interested. Just let me know!"

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Personally, I always clean when the children are asleep -- at least, I clean up the messes we made while the parents were out (toys, dinner, etc.). They are not paying you to clean, so technically, you don't have to, but it just goes above and beyond to show a family that you're worth keeping around. After a while, you may be able to negotiate a higher rate.

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Tabitha in Bronx, NY
Sept. 15, 2018

yes, ask if it is too much for you to do, ask for a slight raise. im pretty sure they will rather give you a raise than hire another housekeeper.

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Ayana in Brooklyn, NY
Sept. 15, 2018

me personally im a can self do starter im kinda OCD love keeping things tidy.so if kid is sleeping yes i would tidy up everyday, if i dont get paid for it i will kindly speak to the parents about doing housekeeping and getting paid extra for it, if they dont agree i will still continue to tidy up after the kid kids but not to much extra.

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I think in this case that yes you should be paid extra especially if they expect you to clean their entire house. It is one thing to pick up after the kids in regards to dishes and toys, to me that is just a given. You were not hired to be a housekeeper so if they expect this along with childcare then definitely there needs to be a salary increase.

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Giovanni in Bend, OR
Sept. 13, 2018

Personally, it would depend on how close I am with the family. If we are bonded and friendship level then I would continue helping as possible because I don't mind helping out a bit extra. However make it clear that it is you just helping out, not part of your services. So try "not being able to get to it" or "running out of time" every once in a while to see if they mind or if they are expecting it of you.

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Rhoda in Snohomish, WA
Sept. 12, 2018

Just talk to them about yours and their expectations. Its simple, just communicate

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you would tell them how much you would like for housekeeping.

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Aaron in Biloxi, MS
Sept. 12, 2018

Discuss the situation with them. Just explain, "The way we approached this was I would watch the children for a certain amount, and the housekeeper would handle cleanliness for a separate amount. I have no qualms with doing both, but would you be willing to renegotiate my hourly rate?" Worse that can happen is they say no.

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Ameerah in Seattle, WA
Sept. 11, 2018

I will try as well as I can

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i will to do what i combined with the family,if they need something extra we can speak about that.it is not a problems for me.

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Julie in Tucson, AZ
Sept. 29, 2017

Pretty simple: don't clean their entire house without asking them first if it's required. If it is, your rate just went up. If it's not, don't keep doing it. Unfortunately, you set a precedent when you did it the first time, so how I'd handle that is to say "You know, I cleaned your house that once but I don't normally include that in my rates. But if you need a housekeeper, I'll be glad to keep your house nice and shiny for you while I'm here for $X an hour".  Obviously you're going to want to clean up child-related messes, but if they let their other housekeeper go it's because they just figured out they got one for free.

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I am a little confused, did they ask you to clean? It would be a little weird for you to just clean the house then ask for extra.. All you should really be cleaning is any small messes the child makes and I do not think you should charge extra for that.

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