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Who does the cleaning in your household?

It’s still a bit of a sensitive question in the average household today to ask who does the cleaning in the home. Most women like to believe that after decades of protest, some pleading and even a little demanding, the traditional roles would have shifted a bit.

But, it seems that’s not the case according to a recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Their findings showed that globally, women still act as the main housekeepers, overseeing laundry, cooking, cleaning and generally taking care of household chores for the entire family.

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said…

After studying 28 countries across the world, the OECD found that women clocked up more ‘working’ hours in 22 of these 28 countries than men. The reason for this is that women ended up doing endless hours of housework in addition to putting in the necessary hours for their own career. Slaving away at the office and doing double shifts at home can, of course, take its toll…

What to do?

According to the survey, American households churn out 400 loads of laundry and 215 dishwasher loads every year. In addition, American women dedicate more than 15 hours a week to household cleaning.

Some households have come a long way in dividing chores amongst women, men and even children. Others take short cuts. Here at Budget Maids we believe the best way is to draw up a schedule of cleaning, cooking, and laundry that can be divided amongst household members on a weekly basis.

Another interesting statistics from the OECD study – certainly from our own point of view here at Budget Maids – is that there was a definite increase in outsourcing household chores. 

And of course that’s an easy, effective and no-worry way of getting household chores done without have to nag the other half or the kids.

Have you tried it yet? If not, why not give us a call here at Budget Maids and we’ll talk you through the type of services we offer. This includes house cleaning in Potomac, maid services in Arlington and cleaning services in Olney and surrounds. 

Caring For Your Wood Furniture

Wood furnishings can add a touch of class to a home and are stunning when they are properly cleaned and cared for. However, wood is more fickle then its synthetic counterparts and needs special care to make it last and stay beautiful. If you have wood furnishings or cabinets in your Elkridge home, here are some tips to keep it protected and clean while retaining its beauty.  Continue reading

Prolonging The Life Of Your Carpets


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Carpets, whether wall-to-wall or area rugs, are an important part of your home. While they help insulate your floors and provide a soft surface to walk, lie or sit on, they also can be beautiful and a wonderful accent to your Columbia home. Since replacing them is expensive, there are a few things you can do that will help prolong the life or your carpets and also keep them looking great.  Continue reading

Be Ready For The Next Storm

Although Howard County was lucky to miss the majority of the devastation from hurricane Sandy, there are still winter storms that hit almost every year. While mild in comparison, these storms can still knock out the power and bring in feet of snow, keeping you housebound in Columbia for a day or maybe even several. It is important to make sure you have stocked up on you emergency supplies so you and your family have everything you need for any storm that should hit.  Continue reading

Early Preparations for Thanksgiving

With Halloween behind us, the other big holidays are right around the corner. Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away but if you are hosting the big dinner at your Elkridge home, there are some things that you can start doing now to make less work for that week. Since Thanksgiving lands on a Thursday, many people still have to work at their regular jobs earlier in the week. If you wait to the last minute, getting ready for the day can be stressful.  Continue reading

Organizing Ideas On A Budget

Clutter can easily take over a home, whether you live alone or have an entire family of people leaving stuff all over the house. Although there is an entire industry built around organizing tools and products, it does not take a fat wallet to get the clutter under control. There are many easy, inexpensive ways to get your Maryland home de-cluttered.  Continue reading

Pre-Holiday Season To-Do Lists

We know that the holidays are right around the corner. Once the ghosts and goblins are hanging from porches and stenciled on windows, we know that the rest of the holiday season is almost upon us. Now is the time to get some of the pre-holiday tasks done, so you are not so stressed once they are here.  Continue reading

Recapturing the Space in Your Home

Over time, it is common to end up with more “stuff” than space in your Howard County home. Years and sometimes even decades of accumulating various items can lead to cluttered closets, attics and garages. Often even spare rooms end up full of extra furniture, storage tubs and boxes, making the room useless. If this has happened in your home, it may be time to recapture the space in your home!  Continue reading