Monday, 3 December 2012

Domestic Goddess: I am not

Having children soon enlightens you to all extra crumbs and crud that come along in their wake. It’s like they wake up in the morning with a mission to bring as much dirt and grime into the house as humanly possible…

Take Leo for example… he can be eating toast just like you or I, but this toast goes everywhere but on his plate and in his mouth. I can usually find it all over the floor, and on an exceptionally bad day, you could find it tucked away safely in a draw or in the video player (yes…We still have one!)

The most mess though appears in crumby bits, where Leo has kindly trodden whatever he has been eating into the carpet. I don’t even want to begin to imagine how many times a day I have to pull out the vaccum cleaner!

It is safe to say that I have a real love for my home appliances these days, and on the top of this list is my vaccum cleaner, the saviour and peace keeper of my household. When ever there is trouble in the form of a torn up newspaper, chewed up biscuit or general crumby mayhem, you guessed it. The vaccum is my first point of call.

Closely followed by the Vaccum Cleaner is my love for my washing machine… You see the food that Leo tramples into the very fibres of my carpet are also deeply stained into his outfit. Our washing machine never seems to get a break from Leo’s wardrobe, all because he is such a mucky pup.

I am sure many of you reading this are parents and you know exactly what I am talking about, that is why picking any home appliance is important. You need a piece of equipment that suits your life style, and that allows you to whip it out at the first sign of trouble.

Hourly in our case…

I think Leo enjoys making a substantial mess as much as he enjoys helping me clean it up. Leo also shares my love for home appliances, he will put anything and everything he can find in the washing machine, which he can even turn on! So far we have had a couple of near misses with the sky remote and his drinks cup has actually gone for a spin! He doesn’t just love washing his favourite objects though, Leo likes to vaccum too.

Picking your home appliances is all about flexibility, you need something that you can just plug in and go. Switch on and know that the job will get done (if your toddler does not go in and play around with buttons!) My Mother knows the importance of home appliances, and I personally think that this is because she has brought up 4 of her own children, and is now looking after her grandchildren (one of which is Leo…)

Take my Mum for example, she has a big vaccum (Dyson) and a smaller pull around Vaccum (brand unknown) and she uses the Dyson for day to day hovering, but will use the smaller pull around vaccum in the kitchen as she finds it easier to whip that out after Leo has finished throwing his dinner all over the floor…

Now I am no domestic goddess, and I will never proclaim to be but since Leo crash landed in my life, I have had to learn a thing or two about how to survive his little taz manian devil episodes. I have learnt that having a day to day vaccum cleaner is great, but you may also benefit from a second, easy to pull out cordless vaccum cleaner too, something that allows you to get to the scene of the crime quickly and get rid of the mess that has been created, before those guests that you are expecting arrive!

I am pretty sure that I am never going to be a domestic goddess, but with all of my home appliances I am certain that I won’t have to be. A parent is only as great as the home appliances at their disposal…And in my house that means I need a super duper vaccum and an energy efficient washing machine and tumble dryer!

How do you combat the crud that children leave in their wake? How often do you pull out the vaccum cleaner and switch on the washing machine?

What is your secret?

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