Big change from removing a small hurdle

We recently replaced our vacuum with a cordless vacuum.

It’s remarkably easier to vacuum now. Doing the living room “real quick” actually happens. Getting the bedroom done while the vacuum is out is no big deal. The hallway between the main living spaces and where we store the vacuum has never been cleaner. Doing just this little bit without moving the furniture is easy.

We bought this vacuum because it had good reviews and was on sale and is supposed to be particularly good for animal hair. I was ambivalent about the cordlessness. A common complaint was that the battery didn’t last long enough to do the whole house. We decided to give it a whirl. Our house isn’t that big and it’s not all carpeted.

It’s fantastic. Truly, a chore that I have long hated doing is not so bad any more.

I had no idea how big a hurdle something as small as plugging it in was.

Part of the problem was the reach of the cord, of course. And then there’s the unwrapping and rewrapping. And keeping the cord out of the way while using the vacuum.

When I was a kid, we had a vacuum that had a separate tank, and it required water.

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The tank on the left came apart and needed to have water added to it, to catch all the dust and such. So you pulled that thing around while vacuuming, plus it was plugged in. And the water had to be dumped. I have memories more vivid that it seems they should be of dumping the vacuum water in the toilet.

But it’s been a long time since I used that machine, so the convenience of only dealing with a cord has long since worn off.


Seeing the difference in my cleaning habits simply by removing the cord from the vacuum makes me wonder … what else in my life is a dreaded task that could be made so much better by simply “removing the cord”? I don’t assume literal cords, and I haven’t figured it out yet, but it’s percolating…