My vacuum cleaner ceased functioning a few weeks ago. I, finally, purchased a new one this week. I had to search for the perfect vacuum for this house. I needed one that would pick up well on wood floors and work on the rugs. I also needed something that had a hose that would reach the 17 foot ceilings to eliminate the cob webs and would clean all the little nooks and crannies. This is a tall order for one vacuum cleaner so it took me a while to find a good match.
Yesterday, I used the vacuum and I must say I am astounded by the dirt and pet hair in our house. This new vacuum has a feature I didn't need, a clear canister to capture the dirt. The new vacuum is one of those bag-less models, which I like. But, does the canister have to be clear? I am horrified at how dirty the house was. Yuk!
Maybe this is a good thing - another motivation to clean. Knowing how disgustingly dirty things are could inspire me to push the vacuum more. Or . . . I could institute a competition to see which room has the most dirt (or the least) by marking and emptying the canister after each room.
I do know that the new vacuum provided a reality check concerning the state of home maintenance. I need to get busy.