You guys! I’m so excited I can’t even stand it. Just look at this majesty.

LOOK AT IT.

LOOK AT IT.

That, my friends is a white toilet! It’s spotless! Where once there was gunk so gunky I couldn’t even bring myself to take a “Before” photo, now there is none! And…and the floor around it is hairball free! It’s so beautiful I could cry!

But wait, there’s more. Check out my clean-ass sink!

Oh, so THAT'S what my faucet looks like without being caked with toothpaste-spit and soap!

Oh, so THAT’S what my faucet looks like without being caked with toothpaste-spit and soap!

I was shocked to discover that my bathroom sink and kitchen sink, too, are ALSO white, not the brownish-reddish-greenish color that was there earlier.

Huh.

So how did I achieve this gloriousness? By cleaning, you say? Pffft. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

No.

You see, as a former regular columnist and current guest contributor over at Ms. In the Biz, I’m entitled to certain awesome perks (apparently). Ms. In the Biz will be celebrating its ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY on May 19th at this here swank do, and one of the party’s sponsors, Handybook, offered Ms. In the Biz bloggers a taste of their services by granting each of us a complimentary 2-hour service!

So, how did the service stack up? Well, YOU saw my beautiful toilet! 🙂

But seriously, it was pretty great from the beginning to the end of the process. From the moment I clicked “Enter” to confirm scheduling my 2-hr cleaning, I got an email confirmation, as well as information (including a phone number!) for the professional who would be coming to do the cleaning. Her name was Natalia, and she was super-rad, friendly, and competent. I was also able to indicate Special Notes on my cleaning request. Knowing that my apartment is very much a work-in-progress as far as cleanliness goes, I wanted to make the most of my 2hrs, so I asked them to focus on the kitchen and the bathroom, then on vacuuming the carpet throughout the apartment only if there was time. When Natalia arrived, she had received the notes and came prepared for kitchen and bathroom duty, carefully budgeting her time so that she could do a thorough job in both rooms. When there were 15 mins left, she asked me “There’s 15 minutes left, and I’ve done everything except the tub in the bathroom. I did what I could with what I have, but there are some stains that are gonna take more time to come up. I can either take this time to vacuum, or I can pre-treat your tub with bleach so that you’ll have an easier time getting these stains up on your own in a couple of hours. Which would you prefer?”

OBVI, I chose the tub. Because absolutely NO ONE enjoys cleaning the bathtub, and if she could do anything to make it easier on me, that pretty much rules.

Also, I like that she asked me what I’d prefer rather than just assuming. She was pretty great about giving me constant updates throughout so that I knew what she was up to, and how she was coming along. Natalia definitely made me want to hire her again! And when she left, I immediately got a text from Handybook checking in on how the service went. I gave Natalia a high rating. 🙂

What’s great about Handybook is that they provide an array of services – from house painting, to cleaning, to building furniture – so that whenever there’s stuff you don’t wanna do…huzzah! You can hire someone to do it! And it’s not as pricey as I’d expect something like this to be! (You definitely save money if you book a regular service as opposed to a one-off) And they’re really great about following your personal specifications, so this service works really well if you know exactly what you want.

Also, this isn’t just an L.A. thing, people! Handybook is also available in the following cities: New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Miami! So, if you live in any of these cities, check out their website and see if there’s something they can do for you!

Need more incentive? Well, if you would like to save $25 on the service of your choice, use my personal code: TERESA1066 (psst, I also get a $25 credit! It’s a win-win!)

Thanks, Handybook, both for doing a great job in my apartment, and for helping Ms. In the Biz celebrate their FIRST YEAR!

And you L.A. locals, I hope to see you at the Ms. In the Biz 1st Anniversary party on 5/19! Come out and help celebrate!