The general definition of housekeeping is cleaning, organizing and performing the general upkeep of a home. Housekeeping is usually either done by family members through chores or by a professional housekeeper who is hired.

Each home will have different housekeeping needs depending on how it is built and what is contains. Every person or family has a different definition of a suitable level of housekeeping, and there is no one decisive standard. Preferences and the need for cleanliness will determine the extent and frequency of when housekeeping duties should be performed. Most housekeeping routines involve sweeping, dusting, vacuuming and general tidying. There may also be inconsistent tasks like changing a light bulb or dead batteries throughout the home.