Need some help around the house, but not quite ready for a full time domestic helper? Or, are you in-between helpers and need tips on how to survive? Good news! Helpwise, a service who advises employers on domestic helper management, shares some helper-like resources for keeping your home running smoothly, for families who are without helpers or in between helpers.
Housekeeping services Sparkle Maids and Merry Maids makes it easy to keep your home just the way you want it. Their cleaners can pop by to help with your day-to-day housework and even do a deep clean for moving in/out. Or, give Eliza’s team a buzz! Her team of 15 legal, local Chinese freelancing cleaners with professional training and experience are available to help. The head organizer, Eliza, speaks fluent English and sets up the cleanings. Her ladies can be hired for full or part time jobs, and can even help families with packing and moving.
Eliza’s Team, Whatsapp Eliza at +852 9625 4357
Rent a Mum:
Rent-A-Mum has a small army of English speaking professionals to be your nanny or provide occasional daytime childcare/babysitting. Rent-A-Mum can even help when you are going for a short trip without the little ones or need a helping hand while waiting for your helper to get processed.
In Safe Hands:
In Safe Hands helps you find English speaking maternity nurses, nannies, and one-off baby sitters. They take the worry out of childcare by guiding you through the nanny hiring and interviewing process, making sure you get the right help for your family.
In Safe Hands,+852 2323 2676, www.insafehands.com.hk
Naturally Nanny offers nanny and babysitting candidates with a variety of native languages, so you’re bound to find someone who suits your family and cultural needs. They can place last minute babysitters, cover for a sick mommy or nanny, or even watch your kids at a hotel or venue.
Naturally Nanny, +852 9650 4976, www.naturallynanny.com
Hong Kong Teen Sitters:
This is a Facebook group where those looking for childcare can connect with teenagers who enjoy watching children for a little extra cash. Once you’ve been accepted into the Facebook group, you can post your babysitting request and communicate with the teens and their parents through the group.
Hong Kong Teen Sitters, Facebook Group
Hong Kong Babysitting Co-op:
In Western societies, some families trade babysitting nights with other families, so that both sets of adults can take turns going out without having to pay for a babysitter. The Hong Kong Babysitting Co-op Facebook group has decided to bring that concept to Hong Kong, so join this group if you’re up for a trade.
Hong Kong Babycitting Co-op, Facebook Page
Who said doing laundry is a chore? Sunshine Laundry provides door to door dry cleaning, laundry, and ironing services with various locations throughout Hong Kong. Keeping yourself looking fresh and crisp is easy with Vogue Laundry. Owned by Cathay Pacific Airways, this service offers pick up and drop off laundry services all over Hong Kong.
Sunshine Laundry, WhatsApp +852 6629 1949 to schedule pickup or order online, www.sunshinelaundry.com.hk
Vogue Laundry, +852 2460 3506, www.voguelaundry.com
Can’t find the time to shop and haul your groceries back home? Luckily Hong Kong’s major grocery stores offer home delivery! Shop online, and let the groceries come to you! Try My Snappy Cart, a new grocery delivery service with great customer service who can deliver your groceries in as little as two hours. Say goodbye to long queues and lugging bags of food on the MTR.
My Snappy Cart, www.mysnappycart.com
Marketplace By Jasons, http://www.marketplacebyjasons.com/
Park N Shop, http://www.parknshop.com/
Dieting has never been easier! Order these healthy meals, delivered daily, right to your door. Various plans are available for different tastes and different schedules.
Want to eat at home, but wish someone else could do the shopping & chopping for you? Secret Ingredient delivers fresh ingredients, chopped and ready to go, along with simple menu cards that can be followed for delicious meals in no time! They even provide the salt and pepper! All you need is a pan.
Secret Ingredient, +852 2108 4000, www.secretingredient.com.hk
Want to entertain more, but just don’t have the time or manpower to do it all yourself? No problem! From sandwiches for junk boat trips to dinner party meals, Invisible Kitchen makes it easy to just heat and eat!
If you’re unable to hire a confinement lady, but you still want to benefit from the nourishment of the traditional Chinese soups, here’s a service who specializes in bringing those comfort foods to your home.
Fresh To Go:
Some of Hong Kong’s favorite meals delivered! From Chinese soups, to BBQ meats and hot pot ingredients, Fresh To Go delivers traditional Cantonese meal kits.
Fresh To Go, +852 2866 6881, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.freshtogo.hk
Delicious and nutritious foods for those who want to eat clean, without having to do the preparations themselves. Vegetarian options also frequently available.
Paleo Taste, +852 5416 8556, www.paleotaste.com.hk
Looking for people just like you, who understand what it’s like to get help without getting a helper? Join this Facebook group for support on mothering, chores, babysitting, and opportunities to connect through group playdates.
Mums Without Helpers, Facebook Page
If you’ve considered hiring a helper, but aren’t quite sure if it’s right for you, sign up to attend Helpwise’s complimentary “Should I Get a Helper?” chat, which addresses the 5 common questions that come along with this big decision. Helpwise is not a helper agency, but an independent service that supports employers of domestic help. They offer interactive workshops and personalized coaching based on real-life helper advice, rich with examples and practical tools. Workshops include How to Hire and Interview, Helper Management, and Parenting with a Helper.