Two kids. One dog. No time. I need one less item on my to-do list. This seems to be a constant struggle.
I think about my mom a lot these days as I try to juggle being a mom, cleaning the house, getting my work done, and making time for my own self-care. My mom used to always lament that she was constantly picking up after us, and now…now I get why she was so frustrated. With a small home, we use our entire main level for every activity imaginable: playroom, snack area, art studio, dog park. It always, always needs some kind of cleaning or tidying. By far the messiest floor of our home, transitioning from mealtime to nap time to playtime often requires a full stop to clean up whatever fell on the ground. Because, you know…toddlers like to put EVERYTHING in their mouths. Messes cannot sit around or else!
And don’t get me started on Winnie’s hair. English labs? They shed more than you could possibly imagine. She is so worth the mess and I wouldn’t trade her for the world! But you do spend a lot more time cleaning up after her than a dog that doesn’t shed.
Case in point:
No joke, we took this photo after giving her ONE good snuggle. It’s shedding season, so it’s particularly bad. Shout-out to all the lab owners out there!
I’m happy to share we found a way to completely automate vacuuming that works so well with our busy lifestyle through the iRobot® Roomba® i7+ robot vacuum.
When we were living with my in-laws this summer during our renovation, we had the chance to witness how helpful having a floor cleaning robot can be for a family with dogs. My father-in-law—a VERY neat and orderly human—got so much joy from checking how much dirt and debris was collected while he was at the gym! And when we moved home, Joe and I talked about getting one of our own.
In a welcome twist of fate, we had the opportunity to not only bring an iRobot® Roomba® i7+ into our home, but receive a model that includes a Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal, which made it perfect for a family who has quite a bit of a mess to clean up after only a couple hours each day. We have been using it at 1 pm and 10 pm. Not only did the kids love welcoming their new, very clean “pet” (they named it Carl), we have enjoyed a life free of dog hair tumbleweeds. I had my doubts about its ability to combat the sheer amount of hair and debris that falls on our floors, but I’ve been absolutely thrilled with how clean our floors have been by running it twice a day.
More reasons I was sold on the Roomba® i7+:
It gets the dirt you see—and the dust you don’t.
This model has a High-Efficiency Filter that traps 99% of cat and dog allergens, a huge deal for pet owners.
It cleans up after itself.
Because we run ours often, it is super helpful that the Roomba® i7+ empties on its own. Literally, you don’t have to think about vacuuming for weeks at a time. The Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal holds 30 bins of dirt, dust, and hair.
It learns and adapts to your home over time.
I ran the Imprint™ Smart Mapping right away, which enables the robot to learn, map and adapt to your home. It only took a couple of sessions before I could control which rooms are cleaned and when, so I’m saving energy and not cleaning rooms that are perfectly clean.
The best part…
With the Roomba® i7+, I literally have to do NOTHING (except hit “CLEAN” on an app), and my floors are clean and free from the dirt and allergens from Winnie’s dander. I’m not exaggerating! One tip I have is to lift your chairs and stools off the ground during a nighttime cleaning so the robot can better get into all the nooks and crannies. It grabs crumbs that are usually trapped under my cabinets and honestly…it is just so nice to feel clean floors under our feet without having to do much of anything.
For a parent in this season of life, it is a little perk that makes a big impact.
Now for the best part! We have a SUPER awesome giveaway for you. I know there are a TON of parents out there (of fur babies and human babies) that battle the same issues on a daily basis so I’m SO EXCITED to be giving away an @iRobot Roomba i7+ robot vacuum.
To enter, leave a comment below on why a Roomba i7+ would improve your life. One (1) winner will be selected at random next WEDNESDAY (06/26/2019) at 12noon CST. Entrants limited to the continental U.S. only. No purchase necessary to enter.
AND, if you want to snag one of your own, there is a great deal going on at www.irobot.com with $150 off select floor cleaning robots now through June 29th. I’d check it out!
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BY Kate Arends - June 19, 2019
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.