Sounds like you totally understand it though!I had a cleaning lady who came highly recommended by someone I knew personally and worked for us for 8 years. Years 1 through 7 were great. She added two new ladies during the 8th year. I told my three kids never to leave gift cards or valuables visible in their rooms. My son noticed cash missing from his dresser. He had placed it in a drawer under some clothing. There was no reason for anyone other than him to be in his dresser. He can be a bit scattered, so I didn’t think too much of it…figured he was possibly forgetting that he had taken it out.
Fast forward a couple of months, 1k in cash disappears from my daughter’s dresser drawer. Sealed in an envelope, under her clothes. Tips from work. I had to let my cleaning lady go. Clearly there was theft.
We have a gun safe that all paperwork and valuables that aren’t worn daily (including my and my daughter’s fine jewelry) is stored in. My bags are on shelves in my bedroom walk-in closet. Some in dust bags, some not. That closet is closed and off-limits to cleaners. No jewelry is ever left out, even costume. It took a while, but I did hire the beloved, long-term cleaning lady of a friend. I told her what happened and that I would prefer she work alone. She does, and it has been great. No more “I’m adding some new helpers” situations for me!
TraceySH, that’s an incredible story. I can’t believe what people do!
We have a housekeeper we trust completely. Nothing is off limits to her. If we were to scatter $100 bills around the house, she would collect them, put them in a pile and tell us where to find them. She is deeply religious and lives every moment of her life believing that G-d is always with her. When she arrives, she has breakfast with us. If we're home at lunchtime, she has lunch with us. If we're not home for lunch, we leave something delicious for her to have for lunch. She's been with us for six years, and we treat her like family. We are so fortunate to have this wonderful woman in our lives, and in our home.
It is encouraging to hear that some of us here do have good relationships with their cleaners! I think the biggest challenge we face right now is finding the right helper. I was (still am actually ) doing some deep cleaning around the house this week, boy it is tiring lmaoI have one cleaner and I pay her well and treat her nicely so she doesn’t fire us.
She’s honest and helps keep an eye on our place during her cleanings when we are away. If it’s a few months, she helps organize and deep clean and take care of the plants.
You need to vet people and always treat people who work in your home well.