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Who hires a cleaning service?  The answer might surprise you!

It used to be that hiring a house cleaner was a luxury that few people could afford.  Busy  lifestyles and changing demographics are shattering that old stereotype. Even with the recent downturn in the economy, more people are hiring house cleaning services today than ever before.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall demand for household cleaning services is expected to grow at a rate of 7 percent per year. Why hire a house cleaner?  According to the Association of Residential Cleaning Services, International (ARCSI), the number one reason is to save valuable time. As life keeps moving at a faster pace, valuable personal or family time gets shortened. Hiring a good home cleaning service can give you back some of that time. Cleaning services are rapidly becoming a necessity rather than a luxury in many homes.

Today’s typical housing cleaning customer takes many forms.  Single working people who would  rather have a social life outside of work instead of spending time mopping floors and dusting  blinds hire house cleaners.  Families with young children (even with stay-at-home moms or dads) often farm out cleaning services so they can spend precious time parenting instead of polishing.  Dual-income households seldom have time or energy for housework with busy careers—they hire house cleaners.  And as baby boomers get older, most prefer enjoying the rewards for a lifetime of hard work instead of cleaning their toilets.  And as people reach advanced ages, house cleaning activities often become too tasking.  Getting help with house keeping can mean the difference between living independently and having to more to an assisted living situation. Another reason for the increase in the number of people who hire cleaning services is affordability.  Frequency and the scope of cleanings tasks affect pricing so house cleaning services can be customized to fit to the needs and budget of each customer.

So, who hires cleaning services?  Just about anyone–probably someone on your block or in your neighborhood.  Maybe even you!

Fun Quotations about Housework

  • A clean house is the sign of a boring person.  –Author Unknown
  • A man would prefer to come home to an unmade bed and a happy woman than to a neatly made bed and an angry woman.   –Marlene Dietrich
  • A spotless house is a sign of a misspent life.   –Anonymous
  • Always keep your home presentable, assuming you keep a home for purposes of presentation.  –Robert Brault
  • As a housewife, I feel that if the kids are still alive when my husband gets home from work, then hey, I’ve done my job.   –Roseanne Barr
  • At my house, “dust” is a noun, not a verb.   –Anonymous
  • At worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.   –Rose Macaulay
  • Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.  –Phyllis Diller
  • Cleanliness is next to impossible.  –Author Unknown
  • Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture.   –Mario Buatta
  • Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not a piece of advice, it is merely a custom.   –Mark Twain
  • Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?    –Phyllis Diller
  • Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn’t done it.    –Evan Esar
  • Housework, if it is done right, can kill you.   –John Skow
  • I am never five minutes into stripping the clutter from my life before I start running into the clutter that is my life.  –Robert Brault
  • I don’t hate men, I just wish they’d try harder. They all want to be heroes and all we want is for them to stay at home and help with the housework and the kids. That’s not the kind of heroism they enjoy.    –Jeanette Winterson
  • I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.    –Joan Rivers
  • I think housework is far more tiring and frightening than hunting is, no comparison, and yet after hunting we had eggs for tea and were made to rest for hours, but after housework people expect one to go on just as if nothing special had happened.    –Nancy Mitford
  • I think housework is the reason most women go to the office.   –Heloise Cruse
  • I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it.   –Shirley Conran
  • If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, “Who could have done this? We have no enemies.”   –Phyllis Diller
  • I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on.  –Roseanne Barr
  • Invisible, repetitive, exhausting, unproductive, uncreative – these are the adjectives which most perfectly capture the nature of housework.    –Angela Davis
  • It is amazing how quickly the kids learn the operation of the DVD, yet are unable to understand the vacuum cleaner.   –Etienne Marchal
  • It’s all in the attitude - housework is exercise. Slim your way to a clean home!   –Linda Solegato
  • Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.   --Hoosier Farmer
  • Marrying is easy – it’s housework that’s hard.   –Proverb
  • My husband and I have figured out a really good system about the housework: neither one of us does it.   --Dottie Archibald
  • My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.  –Erma Bombeck
  • My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.   –Bette Midler
  • My second favorite household chore is ironing.  My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.  –Erma Bombeck
  • My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.   –Erma Bombeck
  • My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?   –Erma Bombeck
  • Nature abhors a vacuum. And so do I.   –Anne Gibbons
  • No matter how many house chores you complete, there are always more to be done.   –African Proverb
  • One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.   –A.A. Milne
  • Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy.  –Author Unknown
  • Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy.   –Unknown
  • Please don’t feed the dust bunnies.  –Author Unknown
  • Said the daughter: “I don’t have to help my Mom with the housework. She knows how.”   –Anonymous
  • The obvious and fair solution to the housework problem is to let men do the housework for, say, the next six thousand years, to even things up.  The trouble is that men, over the years, have developed an inflated notion of the importance of everything they do, so that before long they would turn housework into just as much of a charade as business is now.  They would hire secretaries and buy computers and fly off to housework conferences in Bermuda, but they’d never clean anything.  –Dave Barry
  • The trouble with living alone is that it’s always your turn to do the dishes.  –Author Unknown
  • There is no daily chore so trivial that it cannot be made important by skipping it two days running. –Robert Brault
  • There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.   –Quentin Crisp
  • They shared the chores of living as some couples do – she did most of the work and he appreciated it.   –Paula Gosling
  • Vacuums don’t clean houses.  People clean houses.  –Everybody Loves Raymond,  the character Marie Barone
  • We labor to make a house a home, then every time we’re expecting visitors, we rush to turn it back into a house.  –Robert Brault
  • When it comes to housework the one thing no book of household management can ever tell you is how to begin.  Or maybe I mean why.  –Katharine Whitehorn, “Nought for Homework,”
  • You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.   –Cecil Baxter
  • You sometimes see a woman who would have made a Joan of Arc in another century and climate, threshing herself to pieces over all the mean worry of housekeeping.  –Rudyard Kipling

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