I will admit, I am a bit of a neat-freak. I love crawling into a freshly made bed, I savor the citrusy smell of freshly cleaned countertops, and I get a sense of satisfaction when I walk across our freshly-vacuumed living room floor.
Before my daughter was born, I probably spent a few hours a week cleaning our house. I would do a few little chores throughout the week, and spend a little more time on the weekends catching up on vacuuming, mopping, and dusting. I’ve never actually loved the act of cleaning itself, but a messy house gives me anxiety, and I always feel so much more at peace when the house is clean and orderly! So I sunk in the extra time to keep our house looking nice all the time.
Fast forward to the birth of my daughter, and suddenly my priorities had vastly changed. Given the choice, I’d much rather spend my time snuggled up on the couch with my baby, or crawling around with her on the living room floor, stacking blocks and playing peek-a-boo. I no longer had an abundance of free time to spend cleaning house, and I didn’t want to sacrifice my time with my daughter to clean.
My husband did his best to help with chores, but a neat freak like me is admittedly hard to please. Between our new-parent exhaustion and our limited free time, I still felt like things were just falling short in the cleaning department. The biggest frustration for me was our floors! We have a dog, a busy house, and the ever-changing Wisconsin weather working against us. We also have hardwood floors throughout our house, and nothing bothers me more than feeling grit under my bare feet when walking around the house!
One day, my husband suggested a Roomba. A family member had recently gotten one, and my husband thought it might be a good solution for us. We went back and forth on the idea for awhile and spent some time researching them online, trying to decide if it was worth the money. Eventually we decided to take the plunge, and one Saturday afternoon, my husband went out and bought us one.
I will admit, it’s not a perfect solution. Our Roomba (whom we named Wall-e) doesn’t clean quite as thoroughly as our trusty ol’ upright vacuum. It’s a little noisier than I had originally thought, and our dog still tries to bite Wall-e when he cleans near her food bowl. But despite all his flaws, our Roomba really has saved my sanity! We run it a few times a week to help pick up the day-to-day dirt and grit that gets tracked into the house, and I can go a few weeks between vacuuming sessions with the upright vacuum. We can send the Roomba around the house while we’re out running errands or eating dinner, and we don’t miss out on quality time with our daughter to vacuum the house.
It doesn’t solve all our problems, but it is a solution that helps ease some of my anxieties, and allows us to spend more time together as a family. It was a costly investment, but I can’t put a price tag on something that helps to give me back some extra time with my baby! Does it solve all the world’s problems? Definitely not. But it does make my life a little easier, and as a busy, working mom, that’s really all I can ask for!