Housekeeping deals with looking after cleanliness, tidiness, and smooth running. The various types of procedures followed to keep and maintain everything in the house in a good and presentable order, are collectively known as good Housekeeping. In other words, it’s a process of keeping a place clean, beautiful and well maintained. So that it looks and feels pleasant and inviting to all, living, visiting or working there.
Overall cleanliness: Keeping all the areas clean, organized and uncluttered can improve the hygiene and safety of the environment. This can be achieved through regular cleaning, timely disposal or removal of items that are seldom used or no longer needed.
Adequate space and proper layout: A clean well-arranged place can provide optimum workflow with improved efficiency and productivity.
Correct storage and material handling: Proper storage and well-handled equipment facilitate the movement and placement of materials. While poorly organized storage may also result in the accumulation of unwanted items, debris, and waste materials.
Importance and Benefits
Housekeeping and cleanliness are closely linked. An effectively managed service not only ensures safety but also provides a big boost to the image of the place either it be a house or an organization. It also improves efficiency and productivity, while helping in maintaining good control over the processes. The main function of Housekeeping is not just providing cleanliness but also accident prevention. Effective housekeeping also ensures cleanliness, comfort, convenience, privacy, health, and hygiene in a safe environment. While there are various benefits of Housekeeping, some of the essential ones are:
- Decreased hazards and accidents.
- Effective use of space.
- Better hygienic conditions leading to improved health.
- Improved preventive maintenance.
- Better control of tools and materials.
Cleanliness and good Housekeeping mean that there is effective management of the place. This effective management is the reason for better performance, increased productivity and better control on the product quality. Cleanliness also reflects systematic storage of the materials, neat and tidy work areas, and systematic movement of the men, materials, and machines, as well as adequate workplace illumination. With these practices, the workplace can be kept safe from potentially dangerous objects or substances present in the work environment. An organized and clutter-free work area also makes it easier to respond to or evacuate in the event of an emergency. Good Housekeeping imparts a good impression on visitors and hence promotes the image of the place.
A healthy practice
At a workplace Housekeeping and cleanliness practices generally, reflect the attitude of the management towards healthy practices. The responsibility of this service lies both with the management and the employees. Periodic and panic cleanups are costly and ineffective and do not improve the work environment where the employees can give an efficient performance.
Good Housekeeping not only results in a cleaner workplace or home but also makes it safer as well. It reduces illnesses, injuries and promotes positive behaviors, habits, and attitudes. While proper management delivers a well-ordered arrangement of operations, tools, equipment, storage facilities, supplies, and waste material.