Over the past years, what has changed with the way we perceive the value of the Nanny profession? This 10-minute long video as part of Financial Times’ The New Downstairs series featuring Nannies showcases a great comparison of expectations of the said profession from the 1980s until this day. Today, they are no longer mere babysitters but most are highly-paid and degree-educated nannies.
Can’t stand the sight of a dirty home? Having a housekeeper definitely helps. But if you don’t have one, or you simply detest the idea of clutter and you couldn’t wait for the housekeeper to clean up after the mess of your family, there are simple things you can do to keep your home clean and organized.
Keep Your Home Organized with These Simple Tips
- Put everything it its place. Make sure that every item in your home has its designated place. Then, ensure that everyone in your home will put anything they use back to where they found it.
- Handle paperwork immediately. Bills, mail, receipts, neighborhood notices, and loose sheets of paper can create a huge mess if they are not sorted immediately. Make sure that you organize them the moment they arrive on your doorstep.
- Keep the countertops clean. To prevent germs and general mess from building up, make it a habit to wipe down the sinks and countertops every day. Also, instead of letting the dirty dishes pile up in the sink, clean them as you use them; it is much faster and easier to wash a couple of dirty dishes than a mountain of them.
- Take out the trash. It doesn’t take more than five minutes to take out the trash. Make sure to develop this simple yet effective habit to make your house so much cleaner in the morning.
- Sweep the floors. No matter how clean the other parts of your home are, it can still look and feel dirty if the floor is littered with crumbs, dirt, and dust. Therefore, make it a habit to sweep the floors every day. Don’t have the time because of your busy schedule? Consider buying a Roomba.
Make It a Habit to Do These 5 Simple Chores
Whether you have a small house or a big one complete with housekeepers, doing these five little things on a daily basis can go a long way toward keeping your home clean and inviting.
House Managers are invaluable to owners of multiple homes. These highly sought-after positions take a special kind of professional to fill the needs of a sometimes-demanding clientele. Financial Times covers the House Manager role in another part of their The New Downstairs series.
Whether you are a person seeking the services of a private chef, or you’re a chef yourself who’s in need of the assistance of your fellow culinary expert, it’s important that you hire the right person for the job. This way, you can have peace of mind knowing that everything will be smooth sailing. To determine if you’re hiring the right person, you should conduct a working interview. By doing this, you’ll know more about him or her, including their qualifications, skills, and if you like their meals!
Here are some interview tips to help you get started.
- Start with the basics. The first thing you need to do is determine if they have sufficient cooking skills. Ask where they learned to cook. Review their work history to ensure that they are truly qualified for the position they want to fill. Ask if they have any original recipes since this may show their creative side. Great chefs are not afraid to experiment and create new dishes. Discuss their cooking philosophies and thought process in creating dishes so you’ll understand how they operate as a chef.
- See if they have excellent management and organizational skills. No matter how big or small your kitchen is, you definitely want to make sure that it is being handled and managed properly. As such, when hiring a chef, discuss their experience with managing a kitchen such as creating menus, managing the budget and food costs, purchasing ingredients, and other related tasks. Also, ask how they will ensure that your kitchen will operate smoothly and problem-free.
- Ask them for suggestions. If you’re an employer looking to hire a private chef, give them an idea of what your family’s dietary requirements are. Or if you’re a chef who’s seeking to hire another chef, ask them what they think of your menu. Either way, take them on a tour of your kitchen and ask them for suggestions on how they would improve or change things. This will give you an idea of if they are a go-getter and have initiative.
- Learn more about them. Once you are familiar with their skills and capabilities, you may determine what makes them tick as a person. Discuss personal issues. Find out why they are leaving their current job (in case they are currently employed) to work for you. Ask them about their dreams and aspirations as a chef, as well as the challenges they have faced in the past. This will help you identify patterns that might suggest their unwillingness to do mundane tasks, or other red flags that might indicate that they are not suited for the job.
- Ask for a cooking demo. Anyone can say that they can cook, but only a few people really know how. As such, end the interview by asking them to prepare a dish or two that would complement your tastes or meet your dietary requirements.
A working interview is always a good idea when hiring a Private Chef. You can see how they interact with you, your family and how they handle grocery shopping, kitchen organization, cooking and clean-up. Keep in mind a chef may be nervous on their first “cooking interview” so we suggest trying 2 or 3 days before making your final decision.
Our parents or teachers told our younger selves to never judge a book by its cover. As we grow older, however, we realize that “judging a book by its cover” is second-nature for many of us. We often draw several conclusions about other people within seconds of first meeting them. This is why it’s essential that we always look our best, so we can always make a good first impression on the people we meet.
Studies have shown that there are professional and personal benefits to always looking our best. Let’s take a look at some of them.
- It helps increases your salary by 5% to 10%. A paper written by Daniel Hamermesh and Jeff Biddle and published by the National Bureau of Economic Research revealed that people who dress well at work and look professional have bigger salaries than their less put together co-workers.
- It improves your ability to communicate others. Having a sound argument presented in an organized and logical fashion can indeed help you communicate with others more efficiently. However, it seems that appearance can also help help you to make your point. Well-groomed people are likely to be more respected and understood.
- It boosts your self-confidence. Knowing that you look your best makes you feel good about yourself. This, in turn, boosts your self-confidence. And when you’re confident, more people are drawn to you. In addition, it also makes you feel more motivated and confident about your ability to accomplish a lot of things.
- It helps you expand your network. Always looking your best helps can help you expand your network professionally and personally. People are more drawn to those who exude strength, confidence, poise, and character according to a study by Karen Dion. It is easier for people with these qualities to find opportunities to meet people who can help with their career or personal life.
Taking the time to look after yourself and ensuring that you always look presentable will help you feel good and inspire others around you.
“If they want truffles, you go and buy them. If they want you to feed their dog, you feed the dog. You know, one minute you’re cooking Kobe beef, the next you’re grinding chicken and rice for Lulu’s dinner,” says Chef James Hunt.
When working for a private family you do whatever it takes to make them happy. Take a look inside the life of a Private Chef catering to exclusive families in their homes and holiday villas.