The alarm goes off at 6:45 am on my first day on the job as a housekeeper on Hayman Island. My uniform looks more like white and beige bed sheets than any kind of even remotely attractive maid uniform that comes to mind. All of those movies like “Maid in Manhattan” and “Cinderella” where the maid captures the attention of the charming handsome Prince certainly won’t be happening here on in these robes. I don’t think even Jennifer Lopez could pull off the draw string pants and oversized dress shirts. After breakfast with the rest of the housekeepers in the staff diner it’s off to our morning briefing. I am paired up for my first few weeks to learn all the finer details of the Hayman standard of clean.
One of the pros of working in housekeeping here at Hayman Island is that the rooms are beautiful and for the most part in excellent condition, making it a lot easier to clean them. Going through the first few rooms I feel overwhelmed with the number of details I will need to remember – how to fold each of the towels for the different kinds of rooms, how to tie the bathrobes, how many tea and coffees each room receives, how many q-tips and face pads for each bathroom, what spray for what surface, and the list goes on and on.
After 8 hours of bending, lifting, vacuuming, moping, changing linens, making beds, wiping, polishing, and scrubbing my feet are in agony, and I have pains in muscles that I didn’t even know that I had. I never realized what a physical job cleaning was. I definitely have a new found respect for housekeepers and will be keeping my hotel rooms much tidier from now on. If you ever wondered if housekeepers take an interest in your belongings or go through your things, I can safely say that we don’t have a spare moment of time to do so, and after seeing a dozen or so rooms a day, we barely even notice.
So next time you travel, think about the housekeepers who work there butts off all day to keep the hotel clean for you – we greatly appreciate your belongings stacked neatly so we can clean the room effectively, don’t use all the towels if you don’t need them, and a nice tip is greatly appreciated.