My bestfriend and I have a traveling book (sort of like the traveling pants in that book/movie). It’s The Maid Manual which gives so many helpful tips on how to train and manage maid/s in a household.
I lived with my aunt while I was studying and she didn’t want to have any stay-in maids so we would just have someone come in to clean so I didn’t learn much about how to handle having a maid. Normally Filipinas will just ask their moms for advice when they get married but I am far away from family and it’s not so easy to do this. This book not only has helpful tips on how to clean and cook (simple recipes in the back), but also discusses topics like how to find a maid, what to watch out for during interviews, how to discuss remuneration, how to train one,and how to handle letting go of one. This book has been a great practical resource for me. Also please note that I have a Filipina maid so this book will not apply if you have an Indonesian maid because of the cultural differences.
Thanks so much Jenn for getting me my own copy! Yaaaaaay! This is the best gift ever PLUS the book on cleaning, organizing and decorating. I LOVE it. Thank you!!!
I loved her cute card and message too. I am so happy that I have a best-friend for whom the art of writing beautiful gift cards and thank you notes is not lost. I must say that I am remiss in this DiploWife duty… but it helps having a best friend that inspires me to be better. =)