A Light Reason to Vacuum
Like many kids, I had a nightlight in my room. I don’t remember outgrowing it because I don’t think I ever did. It wasn’t a source for safety and security, it was a beacon for a trip to another world. Long after I was supposed to be in bed with lights out, I was laying on the floor next to my night light anxiously turning pages in Nancy Drew books. I’m not much of a book worm, but as a kid I requested trips to the library to get Bobbsey Twins while saving my birthday money for more.
It’s funny how we save our pennies for things that we really reeaallly want. As a kid, pennies and birthday cash were set aside for Nancy Drew. As an adult, gift cards and coupon codes were hoarded to purchase a Dyson from Sharper Image. As the mom of three very furry 4-legged kids, it was something I had my mind set on. Dyson had a small presence in the United States and could only be purchased at a select few retailers. I had researched enough to know that the Dyson DC07 Animal was going to make my life easier and my quest to own one was reminiscent of my Nancy Drew days.
Let me say that I wasn’t disappointed with the splurge. My Dyson did a great job and subsequently I became a huge advocate for the brand encouraging everyone I knew to buy one. I’ve sworn by it up and down, and while I own other vacuums, I prefer my Dyson. However there are a few cleaning projects that I avoid because none of my current vacuums are ideal for the job.
One is vacuuming the stairs; the other cleaning the car. Ugh. Not a fan of either of those. Let me tell you why I don’t clean these things as often as I should.
Let’s start with the stairs because that is something I am sure anyone who lives in a multi-level home can relate to. When I vacuum the stairs, I use the extension that allows me to work my way about halfway toward the top before the extension can go no further. So I unplug the whole unit, tote the entire thing to the top of the stairs, plug it back in then carefully make my way to where I left off. On the upper level, there is a railing that runs alongside the open-air staircase. To keep the entire vacuum from toppling down on me, I simply feed the hose through the railing. It’s not ideal, but it works. The basement staircase is different. There isn’t a railing to help keep the vacuum from falling. My system for cleaning those stairs involves another person standing at the top holding the vacuum. The result is that I don’t clean those stairs as often.
The next issue I have with vacuuming involves the car. Before each road trip, we like to get the vehicle ready for travel. We’ve moved way beyond using an old-fashioned car vacuum. Instead, we use an extension cord, one of our regular household vacuums and the hope and prayers that it won’t tip and scratch the vehicle. Usually we go to the local car wash where they take care of all of it. It’s just easier.
Now we’re thrilled to say that our home and our vehicle are going to be a bit cleaner because we’ve discovered a better solution. Funny that it involves the same brand that I saved my pennies for so many years ago. It’s a Dyson V6 Slim. This time, it’s more affordable (with a price tag of around $289), is readily available at the local Walmart and is lightweight AND cordless.
I’m able to easily maneuver the stairs. No need to stretch, unplug, haul, secure and continue. With my new Dyson V6 Slim it’s just a matter of making sure it is charged, picking it up, adding the right attachment and taking it one step at a time. Literally.
The van is equally as easy. Remove the extension, add the roller attachment and poof! It’s quicker and cheaper than heading to the local car wash. Plus, I can swipe it when I see that someone has spilled something or tracked in grass or dirt.
I was no stranger to the cordless Dyson products, but I hadn’t sprung for one. Mostly because I didn’t realize how convenient it would be. Vacuuming a vehicle isn’t difficult in general, but when you’re worried about it tipping over and scratching the car you use the vacuum as an excuse not to clean the car at home.
The Dyson V6 Slim is handy for quickly picking up those bits that you see but are too lazy to bend over and clean with a dustpan or too small to feel like pulling out the regular vacuum. It’s also fantastic for reaching places that are out of reach of a normal tethered vacuum cleaner. Even cleaning the ceiling fan has become a breeze! Just like with upright Dyson vacuum cleaners, emptying the bin of the Dyson V6 Slim is as simple as pulling the trigger. As a bonus, it’s great for small spaces such as an RV.
I know it’s silly to be excited over a vacuum cleaner, but it brings me back to the one I saved up so long for. It was a huge accomplishment for me. I’m thrilled to be able to have a cordless one now.
What is your biggest cleaning challenge?
27 thoughts on “A Light Reason to Vacuum”
You can’t beat the convenience of that for cleaning out the cars. It is SUCH a hassle to drag my canister vac outside.
Not a fan of the water ones, that dark slug after is just nasty.
We aren’t either, and that why we chose this one – no water! Just everything collected and easily dumped from the transparent bin!
This is a really nice vacuum and I can totally relate because we have carpeting in our bedrooms. It’s important to keep up with cleaning all that gunk that gets caught in the rugs.
I recently was in the market for a new vacuum. I came across this one and was ready to buy it…until I saw the cost. Man I really wanted that vacuum too.
I made the mistake of buying one of those roomba vacuum cleaners that are supposed to do a great cleaning job on their own… well, it unfortunately didn’t. It spent a lot of time in the same areas and missed corners, and spots that I would have cleaned had I been vacuuming. I want to switch back to a regular vacuum cleaner!
To be honest, I was looking for a vacuum cleaner after my old one broke last week. This lightweight AND cordless features really got my attention and I will give it a try. Thank you for sharing.
We have a Dyson and LOVE it! It was the best investment we ever got for cleaning. We love it. We have an older one and would love a new one.
As cheesy as it sounds, the nicest present someone got us for our wedding was a vacuum cleaner that was a lot nicer than we could afford!! It doesn’t have these options though so it is definitely something for me to think about in the future 🙂
I use to love the Nancy Drew books! Dyson has always been a great vacuum, I won’t have anything other than a Dyson. It’s great for pet hair!
I’m always surprised by how much dirt my vacuum sucks up. We have a Dyson and love it!
Dyson is by far the best vacuum.
Wow! Good info to know!
It’s important to vacuum in our house because the kids are sensitive to dust. As a clean-freak, I also want to make sure there aren’t any dust build ups anywhere.
I love my good old Dyson, but I know it won’t be too long and I would need to get a new one. I would love to have the Dyson V6 slim.
Ah, I laughed at your post. I stuffed a towel along the door crack so I could read by TV light. 😉
I really like the idea of using it to clean out the car before traveling. It’s such a convenient size!
Looks like a great vacuum that is convenient to use.
That sounds like an amazing vacume. I have heard a lot of good things about Dyson, so one day if I ever have carpets that’s what i’ll buy.
I love my Dyson! It really makes vacuuming easier to deal with and a slim version like this would be amazing for our stairs.
I am actually in search of a new vacuum. Thank you for sharing, this is very helpful!
I am not a fan of carpet at all… We got really lucky to find a home where there was almost no carpet (only the stairs). But our cars are another issue… We do need a good vacuum system for them because it is so aggravating to have to go to the carwash place and have to wait a long time to get a simple car wash and vacuum. I am liking this product! We especially have challenges since we have kids who we have to shlep from one activity to the other during the week and they have to eat snacks in between. Thanks for sharing!
I personally like Dyson animal vacuum cleaner specially for removing not only dirt or dust but also for allergy problem. It is absolutely thrilling performer that i really expect. It has good easy instruction to set up. So, overall its awesome.