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Holiday cleaning {plus a giveaway!}

Dec 10 2012

*UPDATED* Congrats, Katie W.! You won this giveaway! I’ll be in touch with you soon!!

I once read a blog post that offered guidelines on how frequently to vacuum each room in your house. It was suggested that you vacuum based on the number of people who use the room. Example: Our bedroom should be vacuumed twice each week because two of us use it the most. The kids’ rooms can be done just once a week, since each child is the main person to use the room. That means that our living room (and stairs) should be vacuumed FOUR times a week, since our entire family frequents those areas.

Seriously?? I hardly remember to haul our vacuum out ONCE a week! Needless to say, our floors aren’t ever as clean as they could (should?) be. We also have white(ish) carpet in our home. It’s just the builder’s grade carpet, and we’ve not been able to replace it yet. But having two toddlers in a house with light carpet? What a nightmare!

Here’s an example of our living room:

Now, with the holiday season right on top of us, I’m realizing how little time I actually have to get things done. Cleaning is not on my list of fun things to do at ANY time of year, and it definitely isn’t climbing the list in December!

When I got an offer to review some services that Stanley Steemer provides, I knew this was my chance to eliminate a little of my dreaded holiday cleaning! Stanley Steemer is such a reputable company and I regularly have that little jingle stuck in my head. With more than 60 years as the dirt authority, Stanley Steemer cleaning experts are certified to remove more than 98 percent of dry soil from floors – a rate significantly higher than self-cleaning methods. Although we only used them for carpet cleaning, Stanley Steemer’s expertise extends to hardwood, tile, air ducts, water damage restoration, and more!

With carpets that looked like this, I logged on to Stanley Steemer to set up my appointment. I was a little nervous about when they’d actually be able to work me in, but I set up my cleaning for THREE days later! That was so much faster than I had expected.

Now, I completely forgot to take “after” pictures, so you’ll just have to take my word. Almost every spot came out. And the one or two small ones that didn’t are so imperceptible, they might as well be gone entirely.

Check out Stanley Steemer on Twitter or Facebook to see what other services they offer.

Want an early Christmas present? Stanley Steemer has also given me a $100 gift certificate that I get to give away to one of you!  AND, they’ve offered to toss in two bottles of Stanley Steemer Spot Remover!!

How to win the $100 gift certificate (you can have up to 3 entries):

1.  Leave a comment and tell me one thing you’ve done this season to reduce a little holiday stress.

2.  Follow Momconformist on Twitter and come back here to tell me that you did it.

3.  Facebook a link to the giveaway and leave another comment here to let me know.


This giveaway will close on Thursday, December 13 at 11:59 pm (EST); the winner will be randomly selected and then announced on Friday, December 14.

Disclosure: Stanley Steemer provided me with the information and a gift certificate to review their services for this post, plus the additional gift certificate and cleaners to give away.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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  1. Kristen E December 10, 2012

    Well, I’m not interested in the giveaway because I rent an apartment with hardwood floors. BUT… I have visited momconformist’s house after the grand carpet cleaning, and it was a noticeable improvement!
    One way that I have minimized some holiday stress: scheduling a night to hang out with friends as our Christmas present together instead of making/buying presents that we probably don’t need. Quality time is my gift language, so a night filled with dinner, hot chocolate, a Christmas light tour, and good conversation was right up my alley!

  2. Anna December 10, 2012

    We reduced stress by asking if any of the youth families would host the youth group Christmas party instead of us this year and they stepped up, so we’ll have that giant family shindig NOT at our house. We’ll still bring some food but otherwise we just get to show up and enjoy it!

  3. Rachael Hardison December 10, 2012

    Followed you on twitter!

  4. Rachael Hardison December 10, 2012

    We reduced stress by doing a small secret santa with my family instead of buying everyone a separate gift ! :)

  5. Anna December 10, 2012

    I also followed you on Twitter.

  6. Amy G December 11, 2012

    We reduced stress by refusing to buy presents for our kids and family that we couldn’t afford. We used our swagbuck points to get amazon giftcards and we cashed out some old credit card reward points and were able to purchase almost all of our gifts this way.

  7. Gr December 11, 2012

    I ate ice cream. In so doing, I have postponed my pre-Christmas stress until January. Please have a Victory Lady giveaway then.

  8. Emilee December 11, 2012

    Reduced stress by doing all our shopping online, and having it done early, and wrapped……being 32 weeks pregnant I just did not want to go out shopping, or wait til the last minute to wrap everything…..with an 18mo old and 3yo running around! :)

    • Katie W. December 13, 2012

      We reduced stress by saying “no” to things that would be nice to do, but would take away from our time together as a family. And by being ok when things go wrong…like printing our Christmas card envelopes upside down! Oh well, at least they got done!

      • Katie W. December 13, 2012

        Twitter: check! Facebook share: check! You’re the best, Mollie!

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