Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Floors Won Again

Scott and I frequently go speed shopping. 
He heads off to get pet food while I go to Frosty’s to search for the ultimate purse- I have about 20 minutes to shop.  
For a Shopasaurus like me, that’s a lifetime for someone else. 

If I’m really lucky, he will go with me to the Bed and Bath store, to pick out single serve coffees for his machine, while I look at gadgets.

“I’m going into Bed Bath to look at an auto floor cleaner.  I’ve got a $5 coupon.”

“Don’t get one.  I’ll buy you a $5 cleaning sponge.”

“Yea, but I won’t use it.”

In Bed and Bath, I find the cleaning area.

“Look Scott, there’s a pack of microfiber cleaning cloths.”

“Yea, they’re great to clean the car.”

“Even better, I’m getting those for you to use when you clean my floors.”

He wasn’t smiling but the elderly couple that overheard the conversation was.


I was obsessed with this mopping wonder.  
One day I would have one and Scott would be grateful.

About 2 months later, I received a 20% off coupon for 1 item from Bed and Bath, and I knew what to buy.

Scott and I went back to the shopping center.  
Quickly and discretely, I bought the mopping machine and 2 extra cloth packages.  

I believe in the Girl Scout motto: Be prepared, shop wisely and spend frugally.


I charged the unit as needed, removed all the rugs, prepped the floor with cleaning solution, and set it in motion.  
I watched and watched, thinking that it would mop at a high speed like Zoomba.  
It didn’t. 
It cleaned for 2 hours and I had sticky floors. 
I had to go back over the floor with a wet rag and clean up after the machine.  
My floors looked great but at a great inconvenience to me.

Scott saw how disappointed I was and said, “Are you going to take it back?”

“Yes.  I am going to pack it up and take it back.  I’m really disappointed this didn’t work.”

“Well, maybe Zoomba has a mopping cousin and you can get one of those.”
  I’m sure he remembered the microfiber-cleaning cloths I bought for him to use.

“I may look for one.”

At least he didn’t say, “I told you so.”  
Sadly, he didn’t offer to mop the floor either.


I hate cleaning and I don't have the time.  I'd love to hear how you get things done.  Email me at aitken.helen@gmail.com.

I hope you have a clean house day.

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