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A housekeeper manages the affairs of a household, ensuring cleanliness and organization. Duties may include cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping, as well as child and pet care. A housekeeper may live in the household or separately.
The duties of a housekeeper vary by employer and place of work. Housekeeping at a hotel versus a small household of four will differ in certain areas. The general tasks of a housekeeper include but are not limited to the following:
Maid is another, old-fashioned, word for housekeeper, and the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Both a maid and a housekeeper are hired by the household who provides everything needed for the job of cleaning and maintenance. A housekeeper (or maid's) role may extend further in responsibility than that of a house cleaner, to the realm of childcare and house sitting. There are also live-in housekeepers who provide care for the family and the household on a full-time basis. House cleaners are hired on an hourly or daily basis and usually bring their own cleaning products.