I have little time for house cleaning.
Not that I wouldn’t find an excuse to keep from cleaning, but having pets in the house, coupled with a messy husband and son, I need help-any kind of help.
A bright idea hit me while roaming in Bed Bath and Beyond.
On a video, I saw a robotic vacuum cleaner performing tasks, and I was mesmerized.
I watched the video twice to be sure the machine actually worked.
I had to have one.
At the time, I was Christmas shopping for others.
I left the store with the dream of a robot cleaning my floors, but driving home the dream magnified into a necessity.
A day later, a 20% coupon arrived in the mail from B. B. and B., and I could use it on the Roomba, IRobot and get free shipping!
The box arrived about 2 weeks before Christmas.
I charged it, set the time for automatic cleaning everyday, and away it went.
It cleaned under the bed, coughed a little but mustered on. It cleaned along baseboards and over rugs and on the hardwood floors; four rooms and a hallway on one charge lasting 1 ½ hours.
It zigzagged across surfaces sometimes in a straight path but other times it curved, sensing an object in its path, slowing down and spinning it’s insect-like feelers to move dirt towards the vacuum.
When the brushes are clogged, or it gets stuck, a female voice gives special commands.
As it vacuums, it hums the melody of Star Wars.
No joke, I thought I was hallucinating so I followed it and sure enough Star Wars played.
These engineers have a great sense of humor.
It is so automatic that it will dock itself on the charging station and makes the appropriate “Charge” bugle call in a techno way. Well, why not?
Each time it docks, I change a full canister; it’s cleaning more and more stuff off my floor, and I think I may even dust less.
Heaven forbid, I said “dust”, another job I don’t do.
Every day, Roomba works for me without a complaint or extra pay.
It is my Christmas miracle.
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I hope you have a dustless day.