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Is your cabin ready for the holidays?

Are you and your family heading north to your cabin for the holidays? Is the cabin ready? With the large to-do list that comes with the holidays, heading up to your cabin in northern Wisconsin to clean and get it ready is probably last on your list.


You rented your cabin out to snowmobilers or snowboarders looking to take advantage of the recent snow fall. However, with all you have to do before Christmas, cleaning up the cabin and getting it ready for your renters is not going to happen.

What’s the answer to your dilemma? Hire a professional local cleaner in northern Wisconsin to do a deep clean.

Fortunately, that solution is not as complex as it seems. You don’t have to worry about interviewing local cleaners, or making the several hour drive up to the cabin for a short orientation. All you have to do is contact a local southeastern Wisconsin cleaning company based out of Watertown with a proven track record.

In addition to providing commercial and residential cleaning services throughout Watertown and surrounding communities, ZBM Cleaning also offers cleaning services for homeowners around Minocqua. Their professional cleaners can do whatever you need done:

  • vacuuming,
  • cleaning bathrooms,
  • sweeping,
  • making beds,
  • laundry,
  • window and blind cleaning,
  • dusting,
  • cleaning your kitchen.

The cleaners can have all the work done by your deadline when you specify or on a regular schedule that you set. It only takes one call to get the result: a white-glove cleaning job that allows you to enjoy the cabin with your family, a cabin ready for your renters and an enjoyable, worry-free Christmas and New Years.

6 Time-Saving Holiday Hosting Preparation Tips

Aunt Bonnie is coming over. And Uncle Joe. And Uncle Joe’s girlfriend and son. And, and, and…whether you are hosting 5 or 50 for the holidays, you’re feeling the pinch of preparing for the holidays and for the holiday family get together. The good news: there are services you can use during the holidays to keep up with the ever-growing list of to do’s (and that’s in addition to your busy professional schedule and kids’ commitments). So what can you do to tackle your holiday to-do list?

  1. Hire a cleaning service for the month or day. You have a million other things to do…gifts to buy, a menu to prepare, cookies to make with the kids (along with work and school)…why spend your time cleaning? Hire a local cleaning service for the month of December or for a day right before your family gathering. Have the cleaners give your home that deep clean from top to bottom, so you can focus on the important holiday prep details.
  2. Have your gifts wrapped at the store. When you have tons of presents to buy and organize, be efficient. Have the professionals at the store or online store wrap your gifts. If you are buying presents online for family and friends that live out-of-state, have the gifts wrapped and shipped directly to them—saving you a trip to the post office.
  3. Leave snow removal to the professionals. Save your back and time. Hire a snow removal service to clean your driveway for winter. Make sure you ask them to come and clean an area for parking right before your family arrives.
  4. Make a list (and check it twice). Now is not the time to be inefficient. Make a to-do list, and check it twice to make sure you are staying ahead of the work. If you can’t keep up, look for services (decorating, cleaning, etc.) to help check items off the list.
  5. Use a party planning app. There are several party planning apps that help break down the list of what needs to be done and when. Download your preferred app on your phone so you can stay on top of your holiday party details no matter where you are.
  6. Prepare as many dishes as you can ahead of time. Find recipes that allow you to prepare your dishes a few days or even week in advance. Avoid the last minute rush. Use slow cookers and roasters to help you prepare appetizers and side dishes.

The first step: take a deep breath. Then, get organized. Make a list of services you trust, such as a local cleaning service and snow removal company. If you are planning on heading up north with your family for the holidays, contact a cleaning service to clean your cabin and have it ready before you head to northern Wisconsin. Don’t forget to make the biggest preparation: for the celebration after it’s all done and everyone has gone home.