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Housekeeping: A Definition

What Does Housekeeping Mean and What Is Expected of Me


Housekeeping can have a hidden meaning implied in the word that is different for each person who hears it. For some people, housekeeping is a perfect memory of their childhood home. Others view housekeeping as a lost art that the present generation doesn't appreciate. Still others consider it a throw back to when only women participated in the home arts. For many, housekeeping is a chore. It means doing something you have to do, when there is so much more you'd rather do. What housekeeping really is, is so much more.

Basics of Housekeeping


Keeping and caring for a home does involve some cleaning.

Most home cleaning tasks are divided into one of three categories, maintenance cleaning, thorough cleaning, and seasonal cleaning. To be successful at the cleaning part of housekeeping, it is essential to choose the right supplies, and develop a schedule. Once you have these two down, the rest will fall right into place.

Housekeeping Resources: Cleaning

Basic Cleaning Supply List
Create a Cleaning Schedule


To really keep your home in the best shape, some organizational strategies will be needed. To keep your home organized, you'll need to be aware of clutter control, storage issues, and filing needs. These three areas create the most organizational issues in a home. Organizing is a vital part of housekeeping, because no matter how clean your home is, or how well decorated, a cluttered home seems poorly kept.

Housekeeping Resources: Organizing

Create an Organizational Plan
Begin Organizing


Decorating is a necessary component of housekeeping. Decorating allows you to personalize your home for yourself and your family.

Housekeeping Resources: Decorating

Quick Tips for Decor
Top Decorating Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Basic Home Repair

Occasionally, one of the components of housekeeping will include minor repairs to your home. Wether you do these yourself, or supervise the completion of work by someone else, maintaining your home includes occasional repairs.

Housekeeping Resources: Home Repair

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