Housekeeping – Downton to down your street

Remember in the olden days when the only people with housework help were the Downton Abbey set, well today in the UK over 6 million homes have a cleaner or housekeeper.

What was once thought awkward and embarrassing to say you employ a cleaner is now an everyday part of modern life.

A third of people employing a cleaner say they just don’t have the time to do it themselves, whilst others say they can’t be bothered with the stress of arguing over who’s cleaning what.

Whatever the reason It seems nowadays paying for help with housework is more a part of running the home than a luxury.

With only one woman in ten being a stay at home mum housekeeping help is on the rise, especially as a third of those are the main bread winners. Also it’s an employment role were people working in the industry can choose hours to fit their life too.

Parents who work all week, rushing every evening to pick up children from childcare, then homework, cooking tea, and suddenly  bedtime, don’t want to spend their weekends cleaning and ironing.

Family time is important, so outsourcing the ironing and returning to a sparkling clean home gives freedom to choose how to spend your time.

Claire from The Laundry Queen covers a large area of the North West with her cleaning company, she says more ‘average’ families are employing help around the home. We offer bespoke packages to suit every need and pocket. Using the flexibility of booking by social media and various payments such as Paypal or card, keeping it as easy as possible as more people enquire about housekeeping help.

From a ‘one off’ clean to regular weekly appointments people want different things. Having the laundry done and a wardrobe of ironed shirts can set you up for the week ahead.

How about a deep clean of the kitchen including oven and fridge, this isn’t something you would have done every week but probably one job we put off until it’s desperate and then hate every minute of doing it.


Stress is a key factor in our lives today, there’s enough to think about without worrying when you’ll get a chance to clean the bathroom. So why not get a professional in.

Figures show that we are finally realising that it’s acceptable to pay someone else to do our housework. Finding a greater balance in family life is the key to hiring help around the house, freeing up time to spend with each other, children, and getting that all important time to unwind.

And having one of these at home I need all the help I can get.


If you’re thinking of getting some help you can find Claire and her team on Facebook or instagram.


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  • I’m a stay at home mum so don’t feel I can justify this although I have to say that when I was working full time I did have a cleaner and it used to irritate that she would only clean superficially, e.g. Never hoover under beds etc ..

  • It is common in Holland to have a cleaner and we had one for a long time until my husband changed jobs and then for financial reasons we stopped. It took me quite a while to get used to it but when the kids were tiny she was a god send. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime

  • I would never think of paying somebody to do a deep clean of the kitchen, but what a great idea especially at this time of year. We last cleaned our oven last Christmas Eve, so yes it needs its annual clean lol. When Katie was born I did pay somebody to do our ironing for about 2 months, and it was such a help x