Monday, April 22, 2013

Yes, a vacuum cleaner is my best friend.

The entire 1st floor of our house is hard floor, either tile or hard wood.  Between the crumbs spilled by the kids and yard debris brought in by our super furry dog, the floor needs to be vacuumed daily.  I do not usually actually vacuum it every day, I just wear shoes inside the house (my "inside shoes") to avoid stepping on grit -- I hate the feel of grit under my bare feet!

We have a central vac. system that I use to do a thorough vacuum once or twice a week, but to haul out the long hose more often than that was troublesome and not happening.  Over the years I bought many different lightweight cordless, stick vacuums to use for quick clean-ups, but I've found their batteries stop holding charge after about a year and I got really tired of buying new ones or using one with a weak battery!

So, this time I decided to go with a corded vacuum, but stole a tip I learned from a beach house we stayed at last summer -- I hooked up an extension cord to the vacuum to make it a longer distance without unplugging/replugging.

And it works great!  The cord does not even bother me and it is so easy to whip out and do a quick vacuum or hand to a kid who is acting annoying and therefore earned some vacuum time!

Here it is, my new best friend:

See the extension cord in the background?

Here's the vacuum again:


Only don't buy it on Amazon, because it's $19.88 at Walmart .  I know, I know, I don't really like going to Walmart either (Target is my happy place but Walmart is too dark and crowded with stuff or something; it makes me feel claustrophobic) but it's worth it to save nearly $12.00!

***This is not a paid endorsement.  I paid for the item with my own money and truly do love it.  If you purchase it through my link, I will receive a very small advertising fee.***

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  1. I had a similar one and it too was my best friend haha! I used it (hate to say this) EVERY day. It was my little broom. I'd wisk through my downstairs with it quickly going over all the tile and little area rugs etc. Soo quick, easy, and painless. And I just had to laugh cuz I used mine as a "punishment" for annoying or complaining kids too. A favorite was "I'm bored.." and I'd grab it and tell them to get busy, haha. Enjoy your day!

  2. We don't have a central vacuum system, but we do have a corded vacuum cleaner for almost a year now. Like you, we have kids and dogs running around, so you can only imagine how dirty our house can get. It really helps to have a vacuum around; it saves you a lot of effort and time in cleaning the space. I can't imagine how my life would be without my vacuum cleaner!

    -Deidra Schaefer

  3. There are pros and cons to each type of vacuum cleaner, but for the most part, what a person uses is up to personal preference. Despite the hassle of the long hose, even for a small cleaning job, I prefer using the central vacuum system because I'm able to clean every part of the house without having to lug a corded, stand-up vacuum up and down the stairs. -Maisie@JBW Technologies

  4. Those cordless ones aren’t really recommended for heavy-duty work around the house; they’re mostly for a small room or a specific part of the house only (living room, in particular). Getting the corded one is really a good choice, as it will be able to keep up with your cleaning needs. The extension cord is a nice touch, though.

    Lyda @


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