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Friday, December 9, 2011


One word that doesn't typically come to mind when thinking on the delights of Christmas?

After all, there's all the unpacking, dust, tree needles, broken ornaments, the fine layer of glitter dusting every surface in the living room, the cat sneaking in...
Yep, that's how ornaments get broken!
What I do try to accomplish while decorating for my most cherished holy day of the year is keeping the mess to a minimum.

But how?
As furnishings get moved around, sweep-sweep. Before boxes are brought in, sweep the tops clean of all dust. Sweep-sweep. After the tree is put up, sweep-sweep. After the ornaments are carefully placed (a few shattering to the floor), and the glittery ornaments are posted to their stations, sweep-sweep.
After every decoration has found its rightful place and the transformation is complete, sweep-sweep.
That's a lot of sweeping! But truly, sweeping is not that hard. It's the fight to get every trace of dirt up with a dustpan that annoys most.

But one thing I learned from Mama: dust pans are for large items. Do NOT waste your time sweeping the same pile endlessly trying to get the fine stuff up. Use a dust-buster!
That's right. Keep a charged cordless hand vac ready for all your sweep-ups.
Once you try it, you'll never want to do without it.
Now, you'll still need that dustpan for the large things, like shards of ornament, or bigger tree needles. But for the glitter, dust, and all the smaller debris, a dust-buster makes the job SO much easier.
If you use one, you already know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, you should give it a try.
I believe in this so much I even gave a friend a cordless hand vac for Christmas a couple of years ago. With her large family, I knew it would be a big help.

If you don't already have a cordless hand vac, add it to your list before you send it to Santa!
You'll thank me later!

P.S. The kind that rests in its charger base is the handiest...it's always charged and ready.
Merry Christmas!
Disclosure: "I am sharing my holiday home decor and cleaning tips for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls and Great Cleaners "


redkitchen said...

A cordless hand vac would be very handy!

A Mom said...

nice post, cute little girl! found you on social spark:)

Jean said...

thank you!

Dakotapam said...

I think a cordless hand vac is EXACTLY what I need. We finally replaced our vacuum. I am disgusted by what is still coming out of our living room carpet a week later and I have vacuumed every day!

Stephanie Bishop said...

I am going to buy me a cordless vac after reading this!!!!!

Jean said...

Ladies, I even use it to vacuum up crumbs off the counter, like when we make sandwiches & the bread crumbs end up all over the place. It can be used to vac up crumbs off chairs & barstools. It's handy if you spill powder, rice, etc. I'm on my 3rd hand vac! I won't advocate one brand over another because I've not tried them all. I just advocate one that's "easy empty" and has a base charger that you can just slip it onto. I currently have one I have to find the charger & plug it up & it's a pain. My previous one had a docking charger...so much better.