I have never been a neat freak, and I was never a complete slob, but cleaning has never really been something I spent a lot of time on. Because of my Cerebral Palsy, I was used to letting other people do most of the more complicated chores like vacuuming and sweeping. In college, I was spoiled by a roommate whose cleaning habits bordered on OCD. She practically followed me around with the broom, sweeping the dirt from my wheelchair tires before it even hit the floor.
After graduation, I moved in with my best friend. At first I didn’t notice the mess. Then, one day, I came home and realized our apartment smelled like feet. It was clear that I was going to have to start putting some effort into the housework. Still, I managed to avoid vacuuming and sweeping for several more years.
Then I got my dog, and began to notice the hair on the floor seemed to accumulate at an alarming rate. Of course, my husband didn’t seem to notice the accumulation.
Despite not having a disability, his sweeping and vacuuming skills left a lot to be desired. I tried to help out, but our vacuum was heavy and hard to maneuver, and a broom and dust pan was nearly impossible to coordinate.
After a few embarrassing moments, when my guests ended up doing the chore for me, I decided to look for some alternatives. I went through about five or six different sweepers and mops, and a few hundred bucks before I finally found a solution that worked.
The Shark vacuum is the solution for my carpeted areas. I briefly considered getting a Rumba or other robotic vacuum, but with four cats and a dog I was worried there would be too much hair for the small, battery powered vacuums to handle. Shark vacuums are great for those who can use traditional vacuums. It is so lightweight, easy to turn and maneuver, I can handle it both standing and while using my wheelchair. It picks up a TON of dirt and is super easy to empty out, plus Shark Vacuums are really affordable.
The sweeping and mopping was a bit harder to solve. Unlike vacuuming, my problem wasn’t about the weight of what I was using, but the whole task was difficult for me. I needed something that would just do the sweeping and the mopping for me. The Mint turned out to be that solution. The Mint is an automatic floor cleaner that does both the sweeping and mopping. You simply attach one of the wet or dry cloths and turn it on. The mint will do all the work, steering itself around any objects.
Of course, I still don’t enjoy cleaning. Does anyone? But, the Mint and Shark do make two of my least favorite chores that much more manageable.
At UNlimiters, we’re always looking for products that help us live more independent and easier lives. Have you found a product that has improved your life? Let us know in the Shout section of our store and we’ll try to add it to our selection.