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Taming the animal hair..I need a better vacuum

November 24th, 2012 at 05:25 am

I am on day 3 of 5 of my time off. My plan was to use this time to clean and organize the house...kindof a November spring cleaning. Tuesday night I started organizing cupboards, which means pulling stuff out- which means the house looks worse than before starting. I was pleased with progress, but had a major ways to go... and then at 1am- I woke up with a 101 fever. Wednesday, I had agreed to babysit our lil foster guy (Z). Thankfully DD3 came and helped because the darn fever hovered at 101-102 all day. (Did I mention the messy house Id created??) Z is an amazingly good lil boy and he just played and enjoyed his time here- but he also added to the mess.

THanksgiving, the fever broke about 3 in the afternoon. I was wiped out, but got a little done. Today, I have been back at it. Most of the hiding spaces in the house are cleaned and organized. I completely filled the big recycle bin with papers, etc. The trash bin is full and I have more to refill after the trash guy comes on Monday. I have two big boxes of giveaway stuff for Goodwill, with more to come when I finish my closet.

Whew. This was a big job without that drasted fever. Thankfully, I have two full days left to finish up. I have to say, it feels so good to know you have deep cleaned and organized everything!

I have a dog and a cat..and I suspect they are the source of my asthma attacks and maybe even these fevers I keep getting- so I borrowed DD1's vacuum, which is a much better one than I own..and I am AMAZED at how much hair it picked up. I am now shopping for a similar vacuum. Emptying the container triggered my that is why I am thinking the two are related. We have allowed them to sleep in the bedroom- but I am going to keep them out for a week or so and see how the asthma does.

I do believe I will post a few after photo's on Sunday.

For some reason, the hubs paycheck was short a day this week. They will make it up on next weeks check- which works out ok, since this paycheck was primarily rolling to the end of the month anyway. He has been working a little overtime so I am eager to see how much next week's check is. This is also a 3 paycheck month for next Friday will be fun as we will be able to put a large chunk on debt and another in savings.

DD1 did awesome with the Thanksgiving dinner. (I didnt get to go, but she sent me a plate). She fed a nice big feast for 14 adults and 6 kids..using lots of coupons and sales. She spent about $75 on everything and did a great job on her first Thanksgiving hosting.

I want to start working on the 2013 budget as soon as I am done with the house overhaul. I have been making a list of expenses to challenge. TV, insurance, cell phone plans. I havent done this since the hub went back to work in Alaska. We are able to pay all bills, save, set aside for vacation..but I feel like Ive been complacent and can do better next year.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. It is one of my favorite holidays. (I have so much to be thankful for!)

5 Responses to “Taming the animal hair..I need a better vacuum”

  1. Momma and the boys living on budget Says:

    I had a dyson for a few years paid over $500 what a piece of crap. It never worked all that great and we even had it replaced by dyson once. I got a shark lift awaway vac-it is great for the dog hair. Highly recommend it! Here is the model I got

  2. mamasita Says:

    Glad you are feeling better, and can still enjoy some of your time off. I suffer from allergies related to dust and animal dander, so I have to be super vigilant about cleaning. Even though cleaning up the allergens can trigger it, too. I wash my hands and face with lots and lots of water, immedietely after emptying the dust bin, and try to wash away the allergens.

  3. North Georgia Gal Says:

    My mom has a dyson and I love it! We borrow it quite often since I don't have a vacuum right now. Sorry Momma that you had so much trouble with yours.

  4. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Well, my daughters vacuum is a dyson. It works great- the only part that Im not sure about is the hose when its detached to clean baseboard...seems very awkward, but maybe I just need to get used to it. I am trying this one all weekend and will decide then. I appreciate the different opinions!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm glad you're feeling better!

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