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Major Domo, Lead Housekeeper, Executive Housekeeper, Houseman, Housekeeper

 Laundress, Domestic Couple, Cleaning Crew

Butler & Major Domo

Traditionally, a butler is a domestic worker in a large household. In great houses, the household is sometimes divided into departments with the butler in charge of the dining room, wine cellar, and pantry. Some also have charge of other staff  caring for the entire house and its appearance. The butler can also be sometimes used as valet or a chauffeur.

 

In older houses where the butler is the most senior worker, titles such as majordomo,  house manager, staff manager and head of staff are sometimes given. The precise duties of the employee will vary to some extent in line with the title given, but perhaps, more importantly in line with the requirements of the individual employer. In the grandest homes or when the employer owns more than one residence, there is sometimes an estate manager or someone else of higher rank that the butler reports to. 

 

Butlers are rarer and therefore better paid and of higher status than other staff. Pay rates vary from state to state or country to country but are usually well paid than a general housekeeper on a weekly salary.

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House Manager, Houseman, Valet, Head of Staff

Executive Housekeeper

In the great houses of yesteryear the housekeeper could be a man or a woman of considerable power in the domestic arena, although fewer households can afford large retinues of staff with an elaborate hierarchy. 

The head housekeeper is generally hired by and reports to the lady of the house. The extent to which the housekeeper supervises other staff varies from household to household.

 

In general, the staff of a grand dwelling is divided into departments, with the head housekeeper in charge of all the housekeeping staff with the possible exception of the kitchen staff, who report to the cook or the chef. In these cases the cook/chef and the head housekeeper report directly to the lady of the house.

In other households, particularly those of the very wealthy who maintain several residences, the executive housekeeper is the ultimate head of household staff and may hire and/or fire junior staff, subject to the approval of the lady of the house, and make recommendations for senior staff.

An Executive Housekeeper monitors and maintains a high level of quality and appearance in all areas of responsibility. Trains and oversees the daily performance of housekeeping and laundry staff to ensure a pleasing environment and wellness of everyone. Typically a live out position, but live in situations with separate housing or a comfortable accommodation within the house maybe an option.

Pay rates vary from state to state or country to country but are usually well paid than a general housekeeper on a weekly salary.

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Hands on House Manager, Lead Housekeeper or Head Housekeeper

Housekeeper

Hiring a Live In or Live Out Housekeeper may be considered due to a number of personal factors, including but not limited to geographical location, social standing, lack of personal time, or experience. There are many reasons why individuals may consider hiring help around the house, especially with cleaning. It may, for example, prove easier for them to enjoy time with their family rather than spending time cleaning.

Housekeeper, per se, perform typical domestic chores such as cleaning, organizing, washing, light ironing, folding clothes and organizing closets, keeping record of household supplies (or lack of), shopping for supplies, cooking or helping in the kitchen and assisting with childcare and pet care, if needed.

 

Pay rates vary from state to state or country to country but are usually well paid either on an hourly basis or a weekly salary.

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Live in Housekeeper, Live out Housekeeper, Part Time Housekeeper, Short Term Housekeeper

Laundress

A little bit of History. Accounts by laundresses of their experiences in the 1840s, probably because few if any were literate, and the few that were had little time to keep journals. In a day when many women had no schooling at all and signed their names with marks, the laundresses had little opportunity to advance intellectually or culturally. Their lives revolved around tubs of hot, soapy water and mounds of dirty clothes.

The Industrial Revolution completely transformed laundry technology in 1851, it was the development of domestic machinery. The mangle (or "wringer" in American English) was developed in the 19th century — two long rollers in a frame and a crank to revolve them. A laundry-worker took sopping wet clothing and cranked it through the mangle, compressing the cloth and expelling the excess water. The mangle was much quicker than hand twisting. It was a variation on the box mangle used primarily for pressing and smoothing cloth.

Now a days, a Laundress is much much more. A laundress is hired typically to focus on all laundry and organizational needs. A Laundress is expected to be knowledgeable in all types of fabrics, and how to handle and care for them. Aside from common duties which is washing, ironing or steaming all types of clothing, bedding and linens, a laundress is also expected to maintain and organize closets, and keeping them up-to-date. Minor alterations and mending is also a skill that a laundress must have.​

A Professional Laundress may work either full-time or part-time depending on the household needs. Pay rates vary from state to state or country to country but are usually well paid than a general housekeeper on an hourly or weekly salary.

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Full Time Laundress, Part Time Laundress, Short Term Laundress

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