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From rug stains to renovations, we all could use a hand around the home.

6 ways housekeepers can make more money

Once you've established yourself as a professional housekeeper, it's time to grow your business and increase revenue. Delores Garcia*, who owns a housecleaning company in Las Vegas, and Tammy Wright, a Denver housekeeper, share their suggestions for helping your business thrive. 1. Sweat the details Garcia's clients love... more

Housekeeping duties: What you can expect from your housekeeper

If you’ve ever looked around your house in a moment of high stress and wondered if you should hire a housekeeper to help, the answer is probably yes. These days, many households have parents who are working outside the home. Working full-time jobs and taking care of the cooking and... more

Deep cleaning your house: A room-by-room guide

Keeping up with laundry, dishes and vacuuming from one week to the next can go a long way to maintaining a tidy house, but once a year, it’s a good idea to dive in and scrub those spaces that might be neglected during routine cleaning. Give your living space a... more

The 15 best house cleaning tips from professional cleaners

Who doesn’t feel better coming home to a clean, organized, clutter-free house? If you’ve ever wondered if the stress you feel when your home isn’t as tidy as you’d like is all in your head, science assures us that it is not. The truth is, we feel more stressed out... more

18 funny tweets that sum up our love-hate relationship with cleaning the house

Cleaning house is a bit like exercise: The aftermath feels so good, but the actual act … not so much. And similar to exercise, cleaning requires regular maintenance. In other words: If we want to live in a world free of clutter, dust bunnies and streaky windows, we have to... more

How much to charge for house cleaning

One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a new house cleaner is how much to charge for your services. But picking a price point or setting an hourly rate can be tricky. You want to make your cleaning rates competitive while still making enough to cover your labor, supplies and... more

How much does house cleaning cost?

Outsourcing tedious household chores doesn’t just take stress off your plate and crumbs off your counter — it could also significantly improve your quality of life. That’s according to research by Ashley Whillans, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School. Her studies suggest prioritizing time over money — by doing... more

How to handle taxes when you hire a housekeeper

Every parent loves a clean house. However, when your life revolves around raising multiple kids, working a full-time job and maybe caring for a pet or two, the days of having a spotless living room or kitchen can be few and far between. It’s no wonder then why the idea... more