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Your Five-Minute Guide to Winterizing Your Home

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5-Minute Read The winter weather outside is frightful–and it can do frightful things inside your home, and your comfort level, if you aren’t prepared for it. The following tips each take only a minute to complete, yet they can do wonders for your warmth and

Ask The Maids: How Can I Make My House Smell Like Home?

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To the Marvelous Minds at The Maids,  In addition to being not-so-strangely addicted to the freshly-cleaned home smell your team always leaves behind, I love sniffing the scents of the season. What I don’t love, however, are scented candles; they never seem to smell

Your Houseplant Survival Guide: Winter Edition

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If houseplants wither when they see you coming, this blog is for you. If you have a habit of killing houseplants, then you probably find yourself in rare form during the winter months. Given its cold drafts, dry air, limited sunshine, and busy holiday schedules,

10 Unexpected Uses of Vinegar

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We all know that vinegar can be a great natural household deodorizer and antifungal, but this natural acid does more than keep surfaces clean. Here are ten ways to put that bottle of vinegar to work in your life right now. Softer skin. Apple cider vinegar, when added

The Top Blogs of 2017

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If the top blogs of 2017 are any indication, we all want to have less clutter, cleaner bathrooms, kids pitching in, and a professional team of house cleaners on their way–at least every once in awhile. Sound familiar? Here are some of the most popular blogs from

The Only Mashed Potatoes Recipe You Need This Holiday Season

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Have you ever had mashed potatoes so good you wanted to cry? Grab some tissues; with these tips and the following recipe, you’re about to become famous for them. Tips for the Perfect Mashed Potatoes Get real. Like many things in the culinary world, one of the secrets

Confessions of an Imperfect Mom: Holiday Edition

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I have a confession, and I’m pretty sure I’ll get judged by more perfect parents, but I confess that doesn’t bother me. My kids get one gift from Santa each year. Just. One. I’ve done this for a number of years and for a number of reasons. My kids have learned to

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



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