When you give your most precious possessions to someone else for safe-keeping — be they your kids or your pets — you want to know that they are well cared-for. This checklist will make sure that your sitter has every bit of information he or she needs to keep your babies safe and happy.
why have you chosen this job?
how long have you been sitting?
are you sitting for anyone else? will that get in the way of you sitting for us?
have you had an emergency come up while sitting? how did you handle it?
what medical or emergency training do you have?
do you have any children or pets of your own?
when are you available to sit? evenings? weekends? holidays?
when bedtime is and what bedtime routine to follow
rules about watching TV, playing video games, getting on computer, etc.
instructions for completing homework or chores
rules about having friends over or going out to see friends
instructions about making dinner or serving snacks
any other responsibilities — walking pets, cleaning up, etc.
information about school hours and day care (if applicable)
walk schedule for dogs
instructions about mealtimes and favorite treats
location of leash, cat carrier, kitty litter, and other supplies
list of stores that carry your brand of pet supplies if run out
any other responsibilities — clean cat pan, bathe, etc.
the kind of play, attention your pets like
first aid tips and when sitter should call the doctor
make sure your sitter knows the family fire plan
show your sitter where the emergency exits are
show your sitter where the fire extinguisher is
show your sitter where the first aid kit is
leave a list of emergency contact numbers
fire, police, neighbors, to reach you, doctor or vet, and hospital
make sure your sitter knows how to use the door and window locks
give your sitter an extra set of house keys
show your sitter which outside light(s) to leave on
if child or pet require any medications — dose and when to give
if child or pet have any illnesses, allergies, or special needs
let the sitter know if anyone is coming over to fix or deliver anything
clarify what the sitter can or can’t do — have friends over, eat, use phone
clarify if you want sitter to answer phone and take messages
provide instructions and keys if letting sitter use your car
provide sitter with cash — ordering take-out, paying repair people, etc.
let sitter know where you will be and what time you’ll be back
provide details about your flight, hotel, itinerary, etc. if traveling
give the sitter a courtesy call if you will be lateClick here for reuse options!
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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and RamonaCreel.com.
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