How to find house cleaning help

Housekeeping services: Here's how much you should be paying

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

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 two parents who are both working outside the home. Working full-time jobs and taking care of the... more

The 15 best cleaning tips from professional house 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

101 odd jobs you can hire someone else to do

Everyone needs an extra set of hands sometimes. Whether it's planning a party or unpacking boxes after a move, having someone to help you with your odd jobs can make any job a little easier. Here are 101 tasks you can hire someone else to do. Want help with... more

How to interview a housekeeper

After you post a cleaning job on Care.com, you should always interview the top three candidates to see who you like best. But what questions should you ask when you interview a housekeeper? What should you keep in mind? What red flags should you look out for? It can... more

Are you paying your caregiver minimum wage?

Learn about the minimum wage laws in your state and pay caregivers what they're worth. Yes, you love your nanny, your housekeeper, your pet sitter and the other caregivers in your life. But do you pay them a fair wage? "Just as you are compensated for the work you... more

What Is a Household Manager?

Learn about household managers -- include their roles, training and salary. The term "certified household manager" was created by Mary Louise Starkey of Starkey International Institute in 1981. “At the time, terms like butler and majordomo existed, but there was no way for women to enter the management aspect of private... more

What Is the Difference Between a Maid and a Housekeeper?

Words matter. Use the right terms when you're looking for cleaning help. What is the difference between a maid and a housekeeper? There is no right or wrong answer to that question. The connotation of the two terms has changed over the years, and continues to evolve depending where... more