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.
You know what we’re talking about: Like scraping food out of the deep crevices of your stove or getting an irritating bit of gunk out of your grout, what’s your so-gross-it’s-good home maintenance task? The one that leaves you peaceful and truly satisfied when it’s done?
Maybe it’s detail work — scrubbing grout with a toothbrush, or polishing doorknobs for that extra touch of sheen. Or maybe you’re the rare person who finds folding laundry soothing, instead of maddening. Do you leap to do the dishes at the end of a dinner party? Are you obsessive about burning candles, and then scraping wax off of Mason jars and plates?
Personally, I live to vacuum. Without supervision, my apartment gets overrun by tumbleweeds of hair and piles of dust, and ends up looking like the set of an old Western instead of a nice modern Los Angeles bachelorette pad. Sweeping can shift some of the debris, but there’s always a stubborn layer that just moves from place to place instead of cooperating and getting into the dustpan. Plus, I have even more books than I have hair, and sweeping them isn’t exactly an option.
But with a powerful vacuum that can easily take on floors and then convert to handheld to tackle whatever literary detritus is on my shelves, I can quickly and easily transform my place from a dusty desert to a sparkling paradise. The Dyson Cyclone V10™ vacuum makes this particular chore near-effortless, which is exactly what I’m looking for, since I’m not by nature a clean person. Luckily, with technology this powerful on my side, I don’t have to be. I see a mess; I clean it up; I revel in my clean apartment with a glass of wine, as the good lord intended.
Now it’s your turn! This is a safe space for all your weirdest chore-related quirks, so go ahead and come clean with us.
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.