Monday, March 16, 2009

Homemaker Monday: A Vacuum EVERYONE Can Use!

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YOURS: This week's "YOURS" goes to RhondaLue over at Whetten Wonders. She wrote an excellent post about making maple syrup at home using a sweetener called agave nectar...



I thought I knew a lot about the subject, but she shed a whole lot more light with her list of the health benefits of this amazing sweetener and I wanted to make sure all of you got the chance to learn as much as I did. Click HERE for RhondaLue's post that will have you SOLD! Thanks for all the great info, RhondaLue! Have a great one!

MINE: This week I would just like to share a quick tip on something that makes it a little easier for kids to help around the house. Let's face it, there are not too many people in this world who love to sweep. Unfortunately, however, this has to be done (in MY house, anyway) multiple times a day, especially in the kitchen. Although I love having a kitchen the measures 20x30 feet, it takes 15 minutes for me to sweep it, which usually occurs at least two, if not three times a day. That could be up to 45 minutes of my day I spend sweeping! And that's just in the kitchen! And so, of course, I enlist the kids to help with the task.

You know what, though? Yes, I can sometimes be a mean mom, but my heart is softened when it comes to sweeping. I know that it's hard for a seven- or eight-year-old to handle a broom and do a great job sweeping a 600 square foot slate floor, so I added THIS to my arsenal of cleaning supplies...


It's a Dirt Devil cordless, rechargable all surface vacuum and the kids love it! Sometimes they even ask me if they can vacuum the floor for no reason, and, of course, I let them! Now, not all of us can look as cool as THIS when we use it...


...but our floors will definitely look that cool. Everyone in the family can use it, even the tiniest tots. See?...




Yes, I know, he's not really using the vacuum. He is simply experimenting with the way the handle maneuvers so smoothly. I just had to prove a point that it is a LOT easier to get this treaseure out for quick messes or little arms rather than trying to pull out the regular-sized vacuum with the zillion attachments. We keep ours right by the side door for super-easy access. Hope this idea works for someone out there. Let me know what success you find!

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10 comments:

Melinda said...

I love it!! Great idea and very handy. I enjoy finding easier ways to clean.

RhondaLue said...

Thanks Jen! I'm so glad you got some new info you could use about Agave. I seriously LOVE the stuff. I buy it in the big gallons to save money and then just use a refillable smaller bottle for easier usage. I even added a box of it to my food storage!

great idea about the dirt devil. Seems way easier to grab for a quick cleanup!

momelo said...

That is a good tip! Anything is good to make the kiddos help at home huh?!
The agave info is also very interesting.
thanks for sharing and hosting this great carnival! :)

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Shannon said...

Great tip!

Since getting our tile sweeping is difficult! Vacuuming is much easier. Our vacuum is light but is a chore to get out and put back up. I'm going to look for one of these. :)

Hugs!

Amanda B. said...

Hmmmm, well, your kitchen is about half the size of my whole house, but my whole house is hardwood or otherwise hard floors. It takes forever.... I will have to remember this!

CompleteLee Blogger said...

Alwyas fun to find something everyone can help with!!

The Southern Housewife said...

You have just GOT to give us a tour of your house! Those doors and your tile floors are killing me, they're soooo beautiful!! Loving it!

Jennifer said...

I've got a similar vacuum and I LOVE mine. I discovered these great vacuums when we lived in a house with all hard wood flooring-it was a lifesaver!

~~gail~~mooselovingmamabear said...

I'm on the road to getting a new vacuum, so I really needed that review.

Also, the review on Agave, is great. I've never heard of it until now... :-)