How to make your housekeeping checklist easier
The average housekeeper needs to spend around $500 a month to keep a clean house, according to a new survey by The Associated Press.
The AP asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Household Survey, which is conducted by the USDA’s Economic Research Service, about housekeeping tasks and how much it costs.
The survey also asked households about the cost of their homekeeping equipment and how they spend the money.
The average cost of a housekeeper was $1,542 in 2016, according the survey, which found that most respondents paid a “fair” amount of money for homekeeping.
Most respondents also said they spend more than $2,000 a month on their home-keeping costs.
The USDA estimates the average cost per household for cleaning, maintenance and repair is $2.8 million, including $2 million for home-care, $1.5 million for personal care and $1 million for food.
A typical household spends $5,000 on food and cleaning, $2 per day for personal hygiene, $4 per day on food, $7 per day to get groceries and $10 per day in rent.
The average cost for home care and child care was $5.5 per day.
The survey found the median household spent $1 billion per year on household expenses.
About 30 percent of respondents said they pay less than the average for their household.
The median household had an income of $61,000 in 2016.
The highest-earning household had a median income of about $92,000, the survey found.
The least-wealthy households had median incomes of about 10 percent of the median.