I remember renting a room in Ottawa with a small fridge and a 2-burner stovetop. I had graduated but was working at NRC for the summer. Ate a lot of stuff out of cans. Now a microwave would be essential. Our 3rd house had a dishwasher but it was our 4th house that had AC.
So yes lifestyle creep has become the norm. Used to be that you did not go to University if you could not afford it. No student loans.
BTW we interview houskeepers more carefuly than new employees and only accept them through referrals. We never clean up before they arrive. They are truly treated as a part of our family. And we do not look down on people that do their own chores. It is always a lifestyle choice.
We currently have 2 residences with 900 to 1000 sq.ft. for each of us. That is another lifestyle choice and helps justify the housekeepers. (Our parents family home had 200 sq.ft for each of us. How is that for creep?)