The difference between a house and a home is how much you love living there. LaunchPad explores the innovative technologies that help you care for your space more effectively.
Looking at the types of chores readers said were their favorites, I wanted to chant, “one of us! One of us!” every time. I felt right at home with the readers of LaunchPad knowing that, even though none of us can prevent the messiness of daily life, we still find deep satisfaction when we have to thoroughly clean these messes up.
Some of the comments almost made me want to clean, like when Kevin C. pointed out that cleaning glass windows means “Seeing the clarity as you spray and then wipe.” The world getting sharp and crisp before your very eyes! Is there better evidence that your hard work is paying off? I don’t think so.
I also appreciated cmd323 talking about how cleaning can be invigorating: “I find doing the dishes reliably restorative.”
And I can’t say that I’ve ever thought of it as a “chore,” exactly, but big ups to yachtsman, who finds joy in changing the toilet paper roll.
But my favorite comment came from Shelley Anne, who’s even more into her floors than I am: “Floors, hard wood floors that are shiny and slick looking. I have about 7 floor cleaning devises and can spend the morning just trying to remember what each one does, how to clean it, where the pads are, and God forbid, where the batteries are. But oh baby, when that is done...I promise I will never wear shoes in my home again, until I do.”
I don’t want to mess with anyone’s flow, but a Dyson Cyclone V10 could probably replace at least a handful of those devices: It’s got the power of a full-size vacuum but with a slimmer profile, and the 60 minutes of battery runtime means you can get into every corner and crevice of your home on a single charge. (Plus, no worries about tripping over a cord as you go!) It’s powerful and efficient, which means it will help you be powerfully efficient, so you have more time to appreciate those sparkingly clean floors by doing something like, oh, I don’t know, sliding around in socks, Risky Business-style. (Just me? Commenters? Where’d you go??!)
Are there any other chores you love doing? Share them in the comments below!
Zan Romanoff is a freelance writer and the author of the novels A SONG TO TAKE THE WORLD APART and GRACE AND THE FEVER. She lives and works in Los Angeles.