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How to Clean Up the House for the Holidays (Without Getting Cleaned Out)

The Halloween lights are up and the pumpkins are carved. That means Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays are just around the corner. That means houseguests are about to descend upon me in number. And that means it’s time for me to clean up my house — and, while I’m at it, to spiff up some of my decor.

To help you prep for the upcoming in-law invasion season, I rounded up some great deals that’ll make getting your domicile up to snuff easier on you and on your bank account. Whether you need an expert to help you take your place from squalid to splendid, a few items to bring form or function to areas you’ve been neglecting, or it’s just time to clear out some clutter, you won’t have to pay full price.


If your own attempts at feng shui have had unsatisfactory results, don’t despair. You can get a free interior design consult from someone who’s good at it at NousDecor. Take a quiz about your decorating style, pinpoint your budget, upload some pictures of your space, and let the in-house design team here work up a makeover of your place. In a couple of weeks, you’ll get a shopping list of goods you can buy from NousDecor to execute the transformation. Or, for $500, celebrity designer Mark Cutler will come up with a plan to style your crib. That service gets you access to furniture and décor usually available only to professional designers. NouseDecor handles all the shopping and logistics. I got you 25% off NousDecor’s Premium Design Package, bringing the price of that redesign down to $350. To get that deal, go to this link and use the code ytech25. It’s good through November 30.


Why should you get out of bed and wake up whoever is camped on your couch just to turn out the lights or make the coffee? Come on, it’s the age of the Internet of Things. All you need is the right things — i.e., those that can connect to the Internet. With those installed, you can tell the coffeemaker to start doing its thing from the privacy of your room or the closet light to turn off without going near that closet. WeMo is a collection of connected plugs, lights, and appliances that you control from the WeMo app on your smartphone. I got you 15% off of anything WeMo. Go to this link at Belkin (creator of WeMo) and use the code YAHOOTECH (case sensitive). Spend $50 and the shipping is free. This deal is valid through November 15.


I love to hit estate sales for furniture and decor. I get to save money and find items that make my home décor unique and eclectic. But those sales eat up my weekends. Chairish is an online marketplace that combines thrift-shop curation with eBay-like always-on access. There are over 65,000 items for sale from individuals, vintage shops and interior designers — all curated by the Chairish staff. Make an offer and let Chairish handle the transaction and delivery. I got you $30 off of your first Chairish purchase of any item over $100, good through November 18. Just use the code YAHOO30. (Not valid for “Make an Offer” purchases.)


Sometimes, all it takes is one decrepit piece of furniture to bring a whole room down. But getting rid of that nasty old couch, crappy dresser, or dead bed can be a logistical nightmare if you don’t own a truck. Ghostruck is a neat idea that takes advantage of the empty space in other people’s moving plans. There are trucks out there going from place-to-place, half-empty; Ghostruck gets them to stop by and pick pick up your stuff. Deal Seekers in the 13 markets Ghostruck serves can download the Ghostruck app and use promo code YAHOO25 to make that ugly cast-off disappear for just $25. Just do it before November 6.

Batteries Plus Bulbs

Did you discover some lighting or battery issues in your last-minute Halloween decorating? Don’t spend Saturday at the hardware store looking for the right replacements: Do it from your couch, instead. There is a sale going on at Batteries Plus Bulbs (which is always a fast, convenient way to procure those necessities). You can get 10% off anything you buy online for in-store pick up. Use the code CDP10011.