Over the last few months, I've gotten so lazy when it comes to housework. I used to always be on top of it, but lately, it's taken a back seat. Partially because I was just so overwhelmed with everything that's going on, and partially because I haven't been having any visitors over.

I was so delighted to hear my brother and his girlfriend wanted to come home for the holidays, so I instantly offered up my spare room. Then I remembered my spare bedroom has become a dumping ground for all of my clutter.

Once I thought about all the cleaning and tidying that my house needs, I almost began to dread their visit. Getting it back into shape isn't a one-man job. I needed to get help! Plus, while my brother is here, I'm going to be busy cooking the whole time. My pumpkin pie is a family tradition!

After deciding to look into getting a cleaning professional, I remembered my friend mentioning she got one recently, so I called her to ask. She told me she uses a site called Handy to book her cleaning services. She said it's super convenient, you can sign up for a Handy cleaning plan on your own schedule, and sometimes you can even book a cleaning Pro as soon as the next day.

I was still unsure of whether or not a cleaning service was the right thing to do. I don't know how I feel about letting someone new into my home at the moment. But I can't lie, having someone regularly come over to help me stay on top of the housework sounded like a dream, so I decided to check out their site anyway.

On the Handy site, I read that they use ID verification technology and a background screening that vets all cleaning professionals booked through Handy. They also have the Handy Safety Standard, which includes a number of steps to help foster a safe environment for the customers and cleaning professionals who use Handy.

Some of these steps include all professionals being provided face coverings that they may wear to bookings and professionals completing daily in-app check-ups confirming that they are not experiencing any symptoms before they may claim bookings. In addition, Handy is providing the CDC's health and safety guidelines to professionals as well as guidance on using EPA-approved cleaning products.

As well as these steps, if any issues arise during a booking, Handy has a 24/7 customer service team that will answer your questions or concerns at any hour of the day. Not to mention, they have the Handy Happiness Guarantee which means if you aren't happy with the service you received they will work to make it right.

After reading all of this, I felt a lot better about using Handy. So after some consideration, I've decided to sign up for a Handy plan. Booking through the Handy site is great because you can view ratings and read reviews from previous Handy customers, and then request the cleaner who's best for you. Or, if you don't want to choose, Handy can connect you with an available Pro who is ready to take on your job. You can even give your cleaning Pro instructions beforehand, so they know what areas of your home to focus on.

I'm happy that the bedrooms and living areas in my house are going to be taken care of, and you can also book extra services like inside the fridge, cabinet, and oven; interior window washing; and laundry, which I can add to my plan later.

Since I discovered Handy, a weight has been lifted. Knowing that the Pros will be helping me get my house back into shape has taken so much pressure off. Handys cleaning plan allows you to have someone come on whatever schedule works for you, and I'm looking forward to using Handy for a long time.

The holidays are always stressful, and this year they're going to be a little bit different than other years. But thanks to my Handy cleaning plan, I have one less thing to worry about this holiday season.

Update: Handy's Black Friday sale is happening now! For a limited time follow this link to get a special offer on a cleaning plan!

Valid only for new customers who book and pay through the Handy platform. Offer expires 12/1/2020. Customer must sign up for a minimum term cleaning plan that will be charged on a recurring basis. Early plan cancellation will result in a $99 fee. Bookings can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance. Price excludes Handy's Trust & Support fee and is only valid for the first 3 hours booked; additional services and time are extra. Offer cannot be applied retroactively or combined with other offer(s). Visit handy.com/terms for full terms.


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When I moved in with my college friends Melissa and Jessica, I was super excited.

At first, everything was great. Jessica would sometimes cook for me, Melissa lets us borrow her cute clothes, and I always pick up their favorite snacks when I'm in the store.

But soon the mess started to build up and we began to butt heads, especially now that everyone works from home. Jessica leaves her towels on the bathroom floor and Melissa never washes the dishes after making food. I'll even admit, I have a habit of leaving my stuff all around the apartment.

We started a chore wheel to divide the cleaning fairly (and stop us from killing each other). It was working for a while, but we're all so busy with our jobs that some chores didn't get done.

One evening, Jessica called a meeting for us all. She complained about the dishes in the sink and I complained about the dust on the shelf. We all came to realize that we were all as messy as each other, but too busy adjusting to working from home to give the apartment the clean it really needs.

We were brainstorming solutions when Melissa said she remembered her previous neighbor using Handy to book cleanings for her home. Jessica and I weren't too enthused. The sound of a deep clean of the whole apartment did sound great, but I was worried about the cost.

Plus, Jessica was worried about the quality of the cleaning service. I mean, would they be vetted professionals? How had the company handled the pandemic? Melissa insisted we check out the Handy site.

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We read that Handy does background checks on all the cleaning pros booked through their platform to make sure they are experienced and reliable. We also liked that we could read reviews and request the Pro we wanted to work with. They also provided a lot of information on the Handy Safety Standard they've implemented to maintain the health and safety of the customers and professionals who use their platform. Not only do they require Pros to confirm they are symptom free before they can claim jobs, they've also provided Pros with face coverings to wear during bookings. This made us all feel more comfortable with the idea.

We also found the prices to be super affordable, especially when split 3 ways! This wasn't going to be a major splurge.

Handy offers weekly, biweekly, or monthly cleaning plans. We decided that the monthly would be best for us to start with. The fact that you can manage everything online or through the Handy app is super convenient.

Plus you can add extras, like laundry, inside the fridge, inside the oven, windows. We might use this in the future since our fridge can get pretty disgusting! Also, if we needed to reschedule a cleaning, we could just go on our phones and move the day or time of the cleaning super easily.

We never expected to be able to afford a cleaning service, but we are planning to sign up for a monthly cleaning plan with Handy and we're all really looking forward to having a clean and tidy home.

With Handy's guarantee for happiness and safety, we're feeling confident that this will be a great way for us to take some stress and pressure off ourselves.

Update: The folks at Handy are extending a Special offer to our readers. For a limited time follow this link to get a special offer on a cleaning plan!

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