The Vacuum

The vacuum is something that is seldom seen around here. A few months ago I stored it in our downstairs closet, in an effort to make it simpler to just pull out and use. That helps. But it still doesn’t get much action.

(Other small things that help you GSD: having a toilet brush in every bathroom and cleaning wipes under every sink. But I digress).

One problem with our vacuum is that it doesn’t seem particularly effective anymore. I have to move over the same spot ten times to get things swept up. That alone will kill motivation, amiright?

Back in the day when I was a regular at the gym, I started seeing the commercials for the Shark vacuum. The Shark got a lot of air time in between “Love It or List It” episodes, as I churned out my 30 minutes on the elliptical. I knew it- all of my problems with vacuuming stem from having an ineffective vacuum! If I had a more effective and easy-to-use vacuum, I would use it more often.

I am that gullible consumer who marketers LOVE.

In light of “Use What You’ve Got” month, I am forgoing the new Shark vacuum and using the perfectly adequate one that we already have. The problem, most likely, is not the vacuum. The problem is that I hate vacuuming. It makes my back hurt and I just generally dislike it. (Same with emptying the dishwasher, now that I think about it…). But the poor effectiveness certainly does not help.

My sidekick, who played outside and “helped” while I took the vacuum apart.

Today I hauled the vacuum outside and took all the filters out for a good clean. I think I have done this twice before, in my 9 year relationship with this vacuum. Once every three years is probably sufficient, right?

The filters are now drying in the sun and all the little plastic parts that could be removed and rinsed are drying off, too. Forget the Shark, even with all the bells and whistles it offers. I’m going to give my Bissell another few years. Cleaning the filters will, I’m sure, help.

(And if you feel like your dishwasher is performing poorly but aren’t ready for a new one, here are some tips to help it do its’ job better. Use What You’ve Got!)

3 thoughts on “The Vacuum

  1. But but! you are in possession of a legitimate medical excuse to not vacuum! Just sayin’. I almost got bitten by the shark just yesterday. I will stand strong with you.


    • You are correct. And I did request that my beloved husband do the vacuuming for us yesterday. (He happily obliged.) And the vacuum works like a dream now.

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