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Holiday Entertaining Countdown

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Party season is here, it’s official. And chances are pretty good that you will be, at some point, hosting at least one holiday gathering at your home. Whether the affair is big or small, meant for friends, family or co-workers, hosting an event in your home can be a lot of work. It comes with many responsibilities, not the least of which is creating a welcoming, comfortable environment for your guests and knowing how to show your home in its best possible light.

Before you get lost in meal planning and decorating, think about the kind of event you’re planning to host. Will it be a formal, sit-down dinner, where your guests will at most see your kitchen, dining room, powder room and possibly your living room? Will it be a loud and casual multi-generational family event, where the youngest kids will play hide-and-seek in the bedrooms, the teens lounge in the basement and the adults mingle on the main floor?

In essence, just how clean does your house need to be? Are we talking dust-free baseboards on all three floors – also known as “mother-in-law clean” – or is “good friend clean” enough? (Clutter put away, no visible dust bunnies, passably clean but not up to close scrutiny.)

If you’re hosting a swanky affair and really want to impress, or if it seems that no inch of your house will go unexplored, you may want to splurge for a professional cleaning and save yourself the agony. These days it’s a surprisingly affordable option.

A good rule of thumb is to have your cleaning done either one or two days before the party. Do it too close to the big event and you’ll be harried with all the last-minute activity, too far ahead and you’ll be afraid to touch anything for days.

Handi Maids Cleaning Service offers one-time visits and flexible, completely customizable cleaning. You can be the hostess with the mostess and no one need ever know your secret.

For more information, visit or call 905-252-6243.


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