I say that with great pride.
Only because it’s a recent accomplishment tho, and the credit goes to the 3 year old in the house.
The floor in our house gets swept daily, but I couldn’t usually say the same about my living room carpet.
Mostly, because it’s a big hassle to drag out the vacuum, plug it in and then do all that in reverse after vacuuming for only about 30 seconds.
So, you know, I convinced myself that it’s only slightly dirty, or I used the ‘well it’s already Wednesday and I’ll be cleaning on Friday’ line, or the ‘I just cleaned this thing yesterday! Or maybe it was yesterday’s yesterday, maybe even yesterday’s yesterday’s yesterday🤔 either way it feels like I just did it!’
My point being: the carpet was more often then not dirtier then I wanted it to be.
Then one time… Kyna asked if he could vacuum.
That was a no brainer. “Of course you can!” I said, while thinking that even if he only gets half of it clean it will look much better then it did.
It turns out, however, that he is really good at vacuuming carpets. The thing was spotless!
Awesome, I’ll get him to vacuum it sometimes. Good plan, Grace. Why didn’t I think of that?
My enthusiasm was short lived however, when he started asking if he could vacuum it multiple times a day.🤦♀️
He would finish it, then ask if he could do it again 20 min later.
This lasted about a week before I concluded that if I wanted my sanity to survive this excessive vacuuming dilemma, I needed a solution.
So I told him that every day when we get back from dropping Kenz off at school, he could vacuum the carpet, but that was the only time he was allowed to do it. Only once a day.
The next day we get home and I hear the vacuum start. My first thought? “Why are they playing with the vacuum?!”
Thankfully, I remembered the rules that I had set in place before I spoke.
Every day since then (over a week now) he has dedicatedly vacuumed the carpet, and he doesn’t ask to do it outside of that.👏
My always dirty carpet is now my always clean carpet.
It’s not all smooth sailing though.
He is very interested in testing just how capable this vacuum is by seeing how big pieces it can pick up.
”I got a really big price that time!” He says.
I warned him that the vacuum can break if he drives over something that’s too big to fit.
“I’m being very careful!” He says.
I’m over here hoping that he doesn’t try to pick up something that will get stuck and wreak havoc on my vacuum, but in the meantime I’m really enjoying the clean carpet!🙂