So, you tell me - is 4pm too early to break out the wine? This place is a zoo. My kids are pretty much homeschooling themselves. I set up my WFH office on the kitchen table so I don't have to listen to them no-schooling in their bedrooms. And on top of that I'm supposed to cook dinner, keep the place clean and organized, and be the best mom ever?
Every weekend, I vow that the kids and I'll get motivated enough to clean the kitchen, bathrooms, and common areas. Kiara's bedroom is a sea of clothes. Don't talk to me about Carl's room - absolute nightmare.
This was running through my mind when one of my mom-friends called and asked what was going on. So I just blurted it out - my house is a wreck, can I come live with you guys?
We laughed and she suggested I look into Handy, which she uses to book home cleaning services and highly recommends. So I pulled up their page on my phone. Handy's website is simple to navigate, informative, with a 24/7 customer service team if I have any questions. They'll connect me with a local, 1st rate cleaning Professional who can clean my house weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending how often I need a cleaner to come.
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I felt confident booking through Handy knowing the Pros on the platform are vetted and I could read reviews to request the Pro I wanted to work with. They put each Pro through background check screenings that use credential verification technology to ensure Handy's the most reliable way to book a cleaning in the biz.
Plus, if I ever need to move a scheduled appointment, Handy's app makes it super-easy to tweak my calendar, or specify particular cleaning directions.
I wanted to see how much this would cost, so I used Handy's app to view Pros in my area. I entered the number of rooms, bathrooms, and asked for a deep clean. I tossed in extras like inside the fridge, inside the oven, even laundry and their upfront rates and pricing seem really affordable.
Besides, if I'm ever dissatisfied with the quality of a service, Handy's Happiness Guarantee ensures that they'll work to make it right.
But what really calmed my fears about scheduling a cleaning during the outbreak, is that I can cancel or reschedule bookings if I feel sick, or if I'm concerned about my kids or the Handy Pro's wellbeing. Wow. This is such good news. I'm going to book a cleaning for early next week.
Then I immediately started strategizing about how my family could stay at a safe distance while our Cleaning Pro puts my house in order. We could garden. Or the kids could garden, while I sip a well-deserved glass of wine on our gazebo and thoroughly unwind.
We'll see how it goes, but I'm thinking with Handy, it'll be a slam dunk.
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!
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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.
As one of the most popular ways to book a cleaning service nationwide, I thought I'd take a look at some reviews
The one thing I still have to figure out over and over again as an adult is that life can be pretty overwhelming. Sometimes you need to find help!
So when my two kids and my husband and I were all quarantined and working under one roof, all heck broke loose. The laundry pile and the dishes pile were in a race to the ceiling.
I really could've used a cleaning service, but obviously that wasn't happening at the time.1
Just when I was getting desperate, a friend told me she loved Handy for its ease of booking and the quality cleaners on the platform. I doubted a service could check every cleaner - turns out they take extensive measures to ensure both Pros and their customers are safe.
Handy background-checks every single Pro booked through their platform, so you have the peace of mind that they've vetted the Pros who come to your home. There's also 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. As part of these measures, Handy has provided face coverings to all professionals to wear during bookings and require professionals to complete a daily in-app checkup confirming that they are not experiencing symptoms before they can claim jobs.
As one of the most popular ways to book a cleaning service nationwide, I thought I'd take a look at some reviews, and was surprised by what I read.
"The Queen of Organization"
"Seriously amazing help! My house is utter chaos so she was super patient and did what she could with what I gave her. She is the queen of organization! She's coming back next Wednesday and my husband is so thrilled as well and we plan on having her back often!" - Nicole R.
"I was so impressed"
"Catalina is the best cleaner. She is very professional, friendly...very thorough. The things on the handy list, she does. I was so impressed. Keep up the good work, you're the best!!!!🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓💕" - Kaytrine H.
"I would have [my cleaner] again in a heartbeat!"
"Priscilla was not only flexible, but she was personable and extremely helpful! My house was super clean when she left, and I was speechless. She was easy to work with and was a delight to talk to. I would have her again in a heartbeat!" - Janey C. L.
"Made my messy apartment sparkle"
"Brian O. somehow managed to make my very messy apartment sparkle. I highly recommend him!" - Jennifer
"Totally made my week"
"Jessica was wonderful! On time, thorough, kind and just generally amazing. Totally made my week...working with Jessica S. was fantastic and I highly recommend her if you're in the Dayton/Cincinnati area!" - Stacy H.
"A Miracle Worker"
"Paige is a miracle worker. She took my filthy house and turned it into a clean, tidy, beautiful home fit for a magazine cover. Paige has a true gift. She is also sweet as can be and a very, very hard worker. I highly recommend her." - Angela D.
"A wonderful surprise"
"Works surprisingly well! What a wonderful surprise to discover a gig service broker for house cleaning, etc. The website is very easy, the choices are clear, and the cleaner Handy sent, Patti, was on time and efficient. I like the app---I can cancel, postpone, etc." - Louise L.
"Cleaning gift was a hit!! My son and daughter in law were very pleased with Marlon. He was so polite and worked so hard. He did an excellent job! I had booked the appointment as a gift and they were happy with and want to have another booking and they want Marlon to be their professional cleaner." - Shelly P.
I knew it could be hit or miss, but I decided to take a leap. You'll just have to stay tuned for my review! I'm signing up for a 6-month 1x a month service, but you can also do weekly or biweekly and 3-month or 12-month packages. You can also cut back or expand on your plan at any time, and sometimes you can even schedule a cleaning for as soon as the next day.
Handy can be a savior, so if you're on the fence, you need to give it a try.
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!
Sometimes you've just got to get yourself that Winter Candy Apple and Iced Gingerbread.
I hope Jen from Appleton, Wisconsin is doing well these days.
As for Angela, the star of the best Bath & Body Works rant of all time (and there are surprisingly many on YouTube), I hope she's living a Winter Candy Apple-scented life to the fullest.
In 2012, the aspiring vlogger posted a rant about her dire mission to acquire two coveted candles from Bath & Body Works: Winter Candy Apple and Iced Gingerbread. The outstanding 11-minute video recounts her harrowing journey to the store in APPLETON, WISCONSIN (it's very important the store is called out for their heinous treatment of Angela).
After the video was discovered and spread across Tumblr, it was recognized as a cultural masterpiece of our time, a treatise on the frailty of the human condition and our undying perseverance to end our own suffering at any cost.
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It's an unprecedented time for brand deals and nonsensical collaborations
I'm convinced that the Supreme Oreos that terrorized the internet (and which I haven't stopped thinking about since) were the cultural reset.
Released in February 2020, right as everything started to go wrong, these bright red Supreme Oreos were met with equally visceral confusion and anticipation. Despite many on the internet claiming that Supreme and Oreo had gone too far, the 3-pack of Oreos inevitably sold out in minutes online.
It seems Oreo have not learned their lesson. Just announced: their collaboration with Lady Gaga
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Life is short, go for a bold eye like Jules.
From Rue's grungy over-sized aesthetic to Jules' femme futuristic looks, there are plenty of outfits shown throughout the series to inspire you to reinvent your whole wardrobe. Not to mention the makeup looks, which are so unique and striking as to have inspired hundreds of Halloween costumes last year. But why reserve a neon eye shadow or sequin eyelid look for Halloween when you can channel your inner Maddie or Jules all year long?
Euphoria Season 2 may be a few months away, but HBO is releasing two special episodes much sooner. The first of these specials, "Trouble Don't Last Always," focuses on Rue (played by Zendaya) and just dropped on HBO Max. To celebrate, we've listed some of the most essential cosmetic products to help you make your Euphoria-inspired makeup dreams come true—no drugs required.
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Here's what to stream this weekend.
If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.
Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.