I may be many things but ‘really into cleaning’ isn’t one of them. Earlier this year, when we moved from Sydney to the South Coast and I took the plunge and went freelance full time, I also became a stay at home mum. It’s an interesting title and one I plan to write more about at some point, but for the purpose of this post, let’s just agree that I am indeed the one who stays home to man the family cave and ensure that our offspring are not carried off by wild animals and the like.
Being the parent at home means that certain other responsibilities have fallen my way. Responsibilities that were previously entrusted to a lovely lady named Kitty who visited our home once a fortnight to vacuum/mop/dust/wipe down benches and bathrooms and otherwise improve the general state of our home while we were out at work. I’m talking about what 1950’s housewives (most likely) excelled at and what I really am hopeless at; cleaning the house.
I’m lucky that I do have a partner in crime (my husband) who is exceptionally good at much of the housework but being that he works 5 days a week, he’s not around much to actually partake in most of the stuff. And it’s not as if I’m bad at EVERYTHING. There are certain tasks that, for some reason, I actually enjoy. Hanging out the washing, folding up clean washing, snapping all of Ollie’s cloth nappies together and cooking are all tasks that I seem to derive some kind of pleasure from. Not sure what’s going on with the washing side of things (possibly high of Ec0-Store laundry liquid fumes) but cooking makes sense.
Cooking is the one ‘chore’ that gives back. Sure, I invest a ton of time and effort but the rewards, generally, are totally worth it. When you cook, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour. I don’t even mind cleaning up the kitchen afterwards, such is the relationship I have with that area of the house. My kitchen is just a real giver and I’m happy to pay him/her back by ensuring everything is washed up and put away and the the benches are clean and shiny.
The other parts of the house however are not so giving. Frankly, they kind of suck. Yes, they look nice when they are clean but being that we seem to own a menagerie of animals, plus a toddler, that whole ‘gleamingly clean’ thing doesn’t last long. I find the floorboards and carpet to be especially unpleasant. They really are take, take, take with nothing in return. I get that they spend their life being trodden on but seriously guys, lighten up a little.
As such, vacuuming is not really something I enjoy (you can also interchange ‘enjoy’ with ‘do regularly’ as both work in that sentence). I have a plethora of excuses I can whip out out any time. ‘Ollie was asleep,’ ‘The dog was asleep’, ‘I was working’, ‘The person next door was working and I didn’t want to make too much noise,’ ‘The vacuum is really heavy and I didn’t want to risk an injury, carrying it down the stairs’, ‘The vacuum doesn’t like me and I fear it may turn against me while being used and cause my untimely death,’ just your usual range of reasons that I feel validate the few and far between cleans that our floor gets.
You can imagine my delight then, when I was contacted by Robomaid about testing on of their products. A vacuum that didn’t require any input from me? A vacuum that could be switched on and left to clean while Ollie and I went about our business doing things far more fun than vacuuming? I was assured that Robomaid could do both these things, and plenty more.
It was good timing that Vera (the name we.. (me).. chose for our new vaccum), arrived when she did as we’d just moved into our new place and it was not a pleasant scene. We really did need all the help we could get and thankfully, Vera delivered. Initially, we just used her upstairs in the bedrooms, where we had carpet (dusty, kind of gross carpet that we had to live with till the new stuff arrived). After a week or so however, we started to man up and brought her downstairs, onto the floorboard. I was a bit nervous about the whole ‘scratching the floorboards thing’ (actually, that’s a lie.. what’s a few scratches between friends when it means you don’t have to wield a vacuum yourself) but my pretend concern was unfounded. There was a setting for floorboards and it worked a charm. I even gave the ‘mopping’ function a whirl and was impressed. Added bonus? It kept the cats entertained for hours on end.
I can safely say that Robomaid was the only product I’ve had in to review that my husband loved as much as I did.
The downside? The only thing I found challenging was learning to use the different settings and working out how to effectively use the electric fence/sectioning off function. I didn’t want ol’ Vera hurtling herself down the stairs while we were out so making sure this was working was important. Once I had a proper read of the manual though (anyone else a bit of a ‘skimmer’ of instructions manuals?), and spoke with the very helpful peeps at Robomaid, I was all sorted.
Now for the exciting part. YOU, lovely reader, have the chance to WIN Vera! Yep, your family cave can become the domain of your very won Robomaid worth $399.. You’ll never have to vacuum/sweep/mop again! All you’ve got to do to be in with a chance is tell me WHICH household chore you hate the most and why. Just comment below and you’re in with a chance!
Entries close 9.00pm EST on Sunday 8th September 2013. Winner will be announced on Monday 9th August
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