the following (strictly hypothetical) scenario:
parents call and ask if they can crash at your place the next
night before catching an early flight. You live relatively
close to the airport; they do not. And: "It would be
great to see you." And: "We’ll bring dinner."
Your parents think restaurants in the city are overpriced, but
they love to bring dinner. All you have to do is provide the
you have a hellish workweek ahead, and your place looks like a
tornado blew through: dirty floors, messy bathroom, no clean
sheets for the guest room, definitely no clean forks or
spoons. (You ate your yogurt this morning with a butter
knife.) Did I mention the garbage situation is looking very
"Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout"? It must be dealt with,
but you’ve no time to deal.
mom and dad back, and tell them there’s no vacancy
("Try the Hampton Inn");
"Sure, you can stay with me," then pray for Mary
Poppins to drop from the sky and put her magical cleaning
skills to task;
home and cordon off certain rooms in your apartment with
police tape where the ‘rents aren’t allowed to tread
of the above?
answer, in this purely imaginary scenario, is D) None of the
above, because you recently learned of E), an app called Handy
particular cleaning —a three-hour home clean for $57 — is
scheduled for the morning before mom and dad arrive. You threw
in an inside-fridge cleaning for $6, because you haven’t
done that in … a while. After it’s over, you’ll rate
your cleaner and decide if you want to make this a regular
thing — weekly, biweekly or monthly — at a reduced hourly
rate. The app is also handy for pre-party, post-party, before
an open house or after moving out. But especially those
last-minute parental drop-ins. Especially those.