Waukesha County Home

November, 2018

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C O N T E N T S Think about garden successes, issues while memories are fresh Furnace tune-up can get efficiency near peak How to avoid messy, expensive holiday plumbing woes A publication of the Waukesha Freeman and Oconomowoc Enterprise • NOVEMBER 2018 Fall Home & Garden Special Edition Your Guide to Homes, Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden & MORE! By Catherine Jozwik Special to Waukesha County Home Between shopping for gifts, preparing meals, and entertaining family and friends, holidays can be stressful. Many homeowners spend a lot of time cleaning and organizing their homes in preparation for vis- itors, but house-cleaning doesn't have to be overwhelming, said Crystal Wieder, who owns Sparkly Cleaning, a house-cleaning serv- ice in Milwaukee, with her part- ner, Matt Andrews. She recommends starting early — and starting small — when it comes to cleaning one's home. "Even if you commit to half the bathroom cabinets one week, it's a great start and will slowly chip away the clutter," Wieder said. Wieder added that getting one room per week, such as the bed- room, in ship shape is a good start, as clean rooms immediately give a home a more relaxing vibe. Using oil diffusers or lighting candles with calming scents, like eucalyp- tus and lavender, can also make a home more inviting. Cleaning several minutes a day — wiping down countertops with anti-bacterial solution and shak- ing rugs outside, for example, is a good routine for homeowners Having a clean home for the holidays Submitted photo The clean portion of a carpet is on the top part of the photo. It costs about $200 to $300 to clean the carpets of a 2,000-square- foot house, said Doug Pike, owner of J & S Carpet Cleaning. Small, steady diet of cleaning helps ease stress, gets job done See CLEAN/Page 2

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