*This Shark Vacuum was sent to me for the sake of review.
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been used to living in a clean and neat home, my mum is what you would call a “clean-freak” and given the platform years ago, probably would’ve been quite the Mrs Hinch herself. Because of this, I got used to living in a home that was what you would probably deem “spotless” even though most of us agree that the spotless home is a myth, it doesn’t mean that she didn’t, and still doesn’t, do her best to make it happen. This also meant that when I moved out of my family home and into my own flat, I realised how much work it takes to keep on top of your home and how we need to create cleaning rituals to keep on top of things, I also quickly realised how having a neat and clean home affects my mental health.
I definitely am a believer that your surroundings help your productivity and your mood, this is something I’ve believed for a very long time and have always checked myself to ensure that I put things away as soon as I’m done using them, that rubbish immediately gets put in a bin and that my bed is always made. These are simple and easy tasks, they sound trivial even, but it’s the little steps that go a long way.
So when I began to think about my own home and keeping up a cleaning ritual, I wanted to use the very best products, I wanted to learn quickly how to keep on top of things and I understood there’d be some trial and error, but I’d get there in the end. I now hate Windowlene but love the Stardrops White Vinegar spray in its place, I’m not a massive fan of your traditional sponge for washing up but definitely lean towards a Scrub Daddy, these are just a few examples of what I’ve come to like and dislike since moving out as far as cleanliness is concerned, but for me finding the perfect products also needed trial and error. I’ve made my mistakes but I’ve resolved them, I now know what I think you should definitely be investing in and also: my mental health is pretty sharp these days.
Making The Time To Clean
I really believe that you don’t need to do a deep clean every single day, we don’t have the time for that and we definitely don’t have the energy for it either. This is why I think that it’s so important to get into the habit of being neat and putting things away, it’s something small that makes a huge difference. However, I do like to make the time to do a chore a day and I also get Pedro to help out and do a task every day because it means that we’re on top of things and nastiness such as dust and grime doesn’t build up too much, then at the weekend I will do a deep clean (if it’s needed) and get the flat sparkling.
It just makes me feel good and it definitely helps me to relax knowing that the flat isn’t a total mess, I can’t sit amongst it and when there’s fresh smells and everything is put away, it really makes me feel good! I know not everyone feels the same way and that not everyone wants to do a cleaning task every day, but for those of you in the same boat as me, it’s really nice to just do it.
I also think that we can make cleaning fun, I love to play music through my stereo whenever I clean and I can’t lie, I do get carried away and have a sing and dance at the same time!
My favourite task of all is to hoover, it satisfies me a lot and it’s literally the easiest task to do. In my case, we don’t have loads of rooms or a second floor so it’s also the quickest task to get done, and I don’t feel like there’s any excuses as to why it can’t be done.
AO were kind enough to send me this amazing vacuum cleaner by Shark, we were struggling around the flat when it came to vacuuming because our old vacuum was a lot weaker and incredibly flimsy, this meant that we weren’t enjoying using it and the floor was getting really messy.
This vacuum has been a life saver, it’s so strong and because it’s corded it never runs out of power and we can use it at any time. The hoover also breaks down so that we can use it with a full length pipe or with the small body only.
What I love the most about this hoover though is how compact it is, you can really fold it down and store it away without it getting in the way.
A good hoover really does go a long way, this has made such a massive difference to our cleaning ritual and has really made a massive difference to the floors throughout the flat.
I’m so happy that we’ve had the privilege of using this and I think it’s so worth the price tag – you could even get this as a little Christmas present for yourself!
AO are also so amazing, they deliver products to your door so fast and their team is so helpful and positive. I know this because we did have a slight hiccup when this got delivered, I was out and my neighbours were also unavailable so I had to reschedule the delivery, the person that I spoke to over the phone was so good, he was really happy and really positive sounding and rescheduled my delivery for the next day wonderfully!
You can really rely on this vacuum and on AO so I think that this is a terrific investment which should last you for years to come. There’s nothing better than having your cleaning ritual simplified and made more fun and this Shark really does do that job.