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How Handy Saved Me From Hibernation

Finally, we are starting to see light at this very, very long stay at home tunnel, easing ourselves back to what life was like before lockdown. If we can even remember what that was like. First thing I did was get to-go for tacos and margs in El Mercado, the best Mexican restaurant ever!

Returning home full and happy, I was shocked by my apartment. It had become my hibernating cave for months and with my new fresh post-fresh air eyes, it was obvious I had been pretty lazy with cleaning. I was never into cleaning anyway, but it wasn't really an issue because I was spending so much time out of the apartment. But it turns out, staying at home for months on end means your home - well mine, anyway - can get really dirty.

As I made my way through my living room, I questioned how I let it get this bad. I mean my floor was sticky and I didn't even know with what! I had been so busy with work that after a long day I just wanted to relax on the sofa with my favorite snacks and binge whatever series everyone was talking about that week.

Slightly disgusted at myself I knew I couldn't stay working from home with my apartment like this. As Mom always chanted, "You work better and faster in a clean environment". I realized that in the last few weeks, I've been finding it harder to get daily tasks done. If I want to get my productivity up to where I know it can be, I need to get my apartment clean and tidy.

I didn't know where to start, so I googled professional cleaning services and the company everyone was raving about was Handy. Apparently, Handy is the quickest, easiest, and best way to book a cleaner to get your home cleaned.

Their website was really easy to use and they even have an app that allows you to manage all your appointments. Handy allows you to book everything from a full deep clean, to window washing and laundry. You can put in how many rooms are in your apartment and what cleaning service you would like to add, from there Handy gives you an upfront price. I didn't think I could actually afford a professional cleaning service but this was right in my budget.

Once you put in your address, local cleaning professionals that have been vetted and background checked can claim your job through the handy platform (like Uber for home cleaning!). And if you find a cleaner you really like, you can request them for every cleaning. Handy offers weekly, biweekly, and monthly cleaning plans. You can also pick a time that suits you and the app allows you to reschedule if you need to. You can even follow the cleaning progress as it happens on the app.

If you have any questions, Handy customer service is there 24/7. But what really sold it to me was the Handy Happiness Guarantee, if you aren't happy with your service Handy will work to make it right at no extra cost.

Plus, the Handy Safety Standard includes a number of efforts to help foster a safe environment to better serve customers and cleaning professionals who use the Handy platform. Not only have face coverings been provided to all professionals to wear during bookings, Handy also requires all professionals to complete daily in-app checkups to confirm they are symptom-free before they can claim a booking. Handy is also communicating the CDC's health and safety guidelines and best practices to all customers and pros and even sharing guidance on using EPA-approved cleaning products.

I have nothing to lose and I need my apartment cleaned ASAP before another work-from-home week begins. So with just a few clicks, I can use Handy pro cleaning service booked. I feel more motivated and productive already. I'm super excited to have a clean house, so I can really focus on working and being more productive.

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

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