I don’t usually remember jokes, but this one told by Joan Rivers obviously resonated and for that reason has stuck with me for years:
I don’t usually write about gadgets or appliances either but thought I’d make an exception for the latest colourful, well-designed and extremely functional addition to our household kit – the Dyson V6 Fluffy Cordless Vacuum Cleaner.
A bit of background: I’m a semi-neat freak, and I do love having a clean, tidy house – it makes me feel good and helps me think more clearly, aside from the obvious health and hygiene considerations. On the other hand, I’m pretty lazy and really don’t like doing housework. I resent the time it takes (so many other things I’d rather be doing) and don’t much enjoy the process, although I know there are many who do.
Also, a recent mini-renovation of a flight of stairs and a landing got rid of old wall-to-wall carpet, replacing it with painted floorboards and runners. Add to this the fact that I absolutely hate, just hate, cleaning the stairs with our upright vacuum cleaner. (There’s also another flight of twisty, carpeted stairs up to the loft). I’m sure it’s down to poor technique on my part, but I can’t tell you how bad-tempered and sweary I get at this stage of cleaning day – Gordon Ramsay, eat your heart out.
Anyways … I decided enough was enough and that the newly painted floor boards needed looking after properly too. So after researching cordless vacuum cleaners for hard floors the Dyson V6 Fluffy Cordless Vacuum Cleaner was selected. It sounded like it did everything I needed it to, plus I’m a big fan of the Dyson story of the British inventor/entrepreneur who just didn’t give up, proved the naysayers wrong with his innovative design and went on to huge success.
I’m not going to bore you with lots of technical details, but here’s why I love my Dyson Fluffy so much:
– it’s incredibly quick and easy to use, lighter, quieter and more portable than our upright, and I can vacuum all the hard floors – a large tiled kitchen/diner, hallway, family bathroom and the new landing floor – in minutes.
– no faffing with plugging in and unplugging, switching on and off, getting the cord tangled around furniture (and me) and no more swearing when cleaning the stairs
> the specially designed soft nylon “Fluffy” head for hard floors is gentle on the tiles and floorboards and makes equally short work of both kitchen/dining room debris and fine dust
> it gets into lots of tight spaces as it’s phenomenally maneuverable – so much so that going in a straight line is quite a challenge but I’ve just about mastered that now
> the suction is really strong, there’s a booster button for even higher suction for particularly tough jobs and the trigger control gives you instant on/off so you don’t waste power as you move between tasks
> doing the stairs is an absolute joy compared to before – the mini motorised cleaner head cleans the stair carpet really well and sucks up the dust from the painted edges without damaging them
> the nifty docking/charging station fitted easily into our under-stairs cupboard where luckily there was already an electric socket – it couldn’t be easier and quicker to get the cleaner out and put it away and it charges automatically as it’s being stored
There’s a saying that a clean house is the sign of a boring person (or a life wasted … take your pick). And I get the point, I really do.
Still, call me boring, but since we got the Dyson Fluffy our house has never been cleaner. In less time and with a lot less effort, so that’s win-win-win in my book. And I’m loving it. It’s just so easy to grab the vacuum cleaner, race round with it, click it back into place and the job’s done.
Also, when something is this well-designed and efficient it’s a real joy to use. I’m almost looking for things to clean, but I’m pretty certain that’s just novelty value and will wear off soon. I never thought I’d ever say this, but cleaning is almost fun … almost.