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The Three Rules of Maid Service Etiquette

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Every service industry has a list of do’s and don’ts to make sure both the customer and the provider can benefit from the relationship. The goal of these rules is to create a happy–and repeatable–experience. The house cleaning industry is no

20 White Elephant Gifts Under $20

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Your boss sent out an email reminder. Your mother-in-law just texted. Your daughter’s class is in on it, too. ‘Tis the season for gift exchanges, and you are clean out of money, time, and creative energy. Looks like we showed up just in time. (We do that a lot.)

5 Whine-Free Ways To Get Kids To Clean

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Ahhh, cleaning with kids. Super fun, right? We know. The litany of whines that come after hearing the chores list is enough to make you want to throw up your hands and do it yourself. A word to the wise: don’t. Use these five tips to help set the tone for a clean

8 Grateful Gifts for the Host and Hostess

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As my mother showed me time and time again, being grateful and showing gratitude are two different things. Being grateful is a gift you give yourself. Showing gratitude, at least in her mind, meant never showing up empty-handed and never leaving without a heartfelt

10 Time Savers for Thanksgiving Day

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Ack! Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you’ve only just started planning! How are you going to get it all done?! Easy. You’re going to stop using exclamation points, read this list, and make it happen. Prioritize. What is the most important thing — to you —

Keeping It Clean: Stay Ahead of Germs During Flu Season

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When it comes to staying healthy this fall and winter, there are two lines of defense: keep most germs from getting in and squash the germs that get through. The first part you probably have down: wash hands regularly, disinfect common surfaces, and cover your mouth

How to Guest-Proof Your Home In 5 Minutes

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Having friends and loved ones in your home for the holidays can be pure heaven. But, it can also feel like a place a little further south, especially if you haven’t taken the time to guest proof your home from trip hazards, empty fridges, dirty bathrooms, overfilled

The True Price of Housecleaning: What It Really Costs You

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Do an internet search for “How Much Does Housecleaning Cost,” you’re going to get several different answers; from $25/hour to up to a flat fee of $300 for deep cleaning. It’s also hard to figure out what to budget, what you actually need, and whether or not you should

5 Make-Ahead, Freezer-Safe Meals That Aren’t Lasagna

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Whether you are whipping up a meal for a sick friend, planning for a busy school year, or want to have a ready reply for the “What’s for dinner?” question, make-ahead, freezer-safe meals are always a good call. Unless it’s lasagna. While lasagna may seem like

Your Bathtub’s Dirty Little Secret

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Your bathtub could be harboring a thriving colony of mold within plain sight, even if you hire a cleaning company to professionally scour its surfaces every other week and use these tips to keep it clean. The culprit? Bath toys. And they are likely teaming with it.

Cleaning for a Reason: How to Heal at Home

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One of the best and hardest parts about healing at home is being surrounded by all of your people and all of your things—unless you feel the need to pick-up after all of your people and clean all of your things. This is one of the reasons The Maids is honored to

These Clean Memes Beat Any Dirty Joke

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We have long appreciated the art of the good, clean joke, and we’re happy to continue our yearly tradition of adding to our favorite cleaning memes and sharing the joy of cleaning (and the joy of having someone else do it). It’s fun-ny because it’s true. We can’t

6 Soothing Spaces With Satisfying Symmetry

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Symmetrical places feel balanced, whole, and inviting. The trick to creating these spaces is to mimic the larger elements—sofas, tables, chairs, shelving, art—so that the asymmetrical pieces even the place out without feeling, well, odd. Which one of the pictures

Move Over Pumpkin Spice: Savor These Fall Flavors Instead

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What is pumpkin spice exactly? Well, it turns out it’s a lot of things. It’s a lot of cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg and ginger and a pinch of allspice and cloves. It looks like autumn pixie dust, and it smells like warmth, and it tastes like fall. Also, it’s

How To Remove Pet Hair From Furniture: 5 Life-Changing Hacks

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While hiring a cleaning service can drastically cut down on the amount of pet hair throughout your home, there are plenty of other ways you can minimize the fur fury. These five are our favorite. 1. The Lint Roller This is a hack you’ve undoubtedly used before on your

How To Choose The Right Rug For Your Room

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If you’re thinking about redecorating a room in your home, you’ve probably stressed about how to choose the right rug. Put your feet up. You’ve come to the right place. Choose the rug first. If you’re starting from scratch, some experts suggest the rug should be

10 Feelings Every Mom Has During Back To School Prep

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Whether you look at as the last day of summer vacation or the first day of the rest of your regularly-scheduled life, the day before the first day of school can be a mixed bag of emotions for moms. Here are a few I’ve had this week that you may relate to. #winning

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Fridge’s Humidity Drawers

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There are two things to remember when trying to extend the life of your fresh produce: temperature and humidity. Your refrigerator can control both, but only if you use your humidity drawers properly. And, chances are, you’re not. Humidity drawers are on the bottom of

Prepping For The Maids: How Much Do I *Really* Need To Pick Up?

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We know, you’re reading this because you want a straight answer—and probably straightened cushions, furniture, and vacuum lines. But the truth is how much de-cluttering you do before your Maids team arrives is up to you, and it depends on where and how you want them

No More Sandwiches: 5 School Lunches That Are Better Than Sliced Bread

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Ask any child in the 4th grade, and they’ll tell you: sandwiches were so last year. As in every day last year. This year, think outside the bread and pack lunches for your kids that are full of variety, nutrition, and most of all, FUN. Breakfast for lunch Who doesn’t
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