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Keeping A Clean House — The One Thing I Won’t Live Without From Now On

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m a naturally messy person who has been on a bit of a journey over these last two or three years to purge our home of unneeded clutter, organize what’s left, and learn to keep a clean home. You can see previous posts about this cleaning, organizing, and purging journey here. I wrote not too long ago about how I’ve finally discovered a routine that helps me keep my house clean.

I’m still sticking to that routine, and it has been so incredibly helpful. I don’t think it would be too much of a stretch to say that it has been life-changing. I feel so much more at peace in my own home. I’m enjoying our home so much more, and I no longer panic when someone unexpectedly knocks on the front door.

Part of my routine is letting our robot vacuum do it’s thing on a daily basis. Because I had never had a robot vacuum before, and I had heard mixed reviews, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on one. So I ended up getting this Eufy. It’s a very basic robot vacuum, but I thought it would be a good “starter” for me to see if I would even like it.

Well, I’ve had it for almost eight months now, and I thought I’d give y’all an update. Had you asked me how I like it two weeks ago, my response would have been, “I like it! It’s fine! I definitely think it’s helping.”

But then about two weeks ago, it ran over something that got all twisted up in the roller and it stopped working and started beeping at me. I was busy at the moment, so I just flipped it over (so it would stop beeping and turn itself off), and went about my business. Then I completely forgot about it, and it stayed in that corner, flipped over on its back and not vacuuming the floor, for about four days.

Oh my gosh, I noticed a HUGE difference!! Within 36 hours, my floors looked like a complete mess. For those of you who are new around here, I should mention that we have a 100-pound dog who is part German Shepherd and part lab, so he sheds like crazy. Plus, we also have a cat that sheds.

This is the area of the house that our Eufy vacuums every day…

I don’t let it vacuum our bedroom because we have too many cords that it kept getting caught on. We have an adjustable bed, and the Eufy kept getting caught on the cord of the bed and dragging the cord and unplugging the bed. If I can find a way to keep the cord up off of the floor, I’ll let the Eufy vacuum in there.

And I don’t let it into our home gym, master bathroom, and my studio for obvious reasons. It can’t really do much in a room that looks like this…

😀 But once those areas are finished, it’ll vacuum those rooms as well.

So with it just doing those seven areas for now (living room, hallway, hallway bathroom, music room, kitchen, breakfast room, and pantry), this is the amount of fur and dust it’s picking up on a daily basis…

Every single day. That’s just unbelievable to me! So you can just imagine what our floors looked like after four days of the Eufy being stuck in the corner, flipped on its backside, and not being able to do its job on a daily basis. It was awful.

It also really struck me how much of a difference the floors make in how a home feels. A house is never going to feel clean and fresh if the floors aren’t clean. Everything else can be picked up and put away (nothing else about my routine changed during those four days, so everything else was clean and tidy), but having fur balls all over the floor made the house feel unclean.

There aren’t many products I’ve purchased and used that I’ve genuinely thought, “How did I live without this?” I can honestly say that I wonder that about my air compressor and nail guns. (I DIYed for years before I bought those! All I had was a hammer. I can’t even imagine that now!) I also wonder that about my Dremel Multi-Max oscillating tool. I use that for so many things that I honestly don’t know how I went without it for so long.

And now I add my Eufy to that list. While I got the basic version of a robot vacuum, it has still made such a huge difference in our home. I can’t even imagine how nice it would be to get one of those fancy programmable ones! Maybe one day I’ll find out.