Could the chore actually be enjoyable?
Other than loading the dishwasher after preparing dinner and straightening up here and there, I admit that I’m not much of a cleaner-upper. My idea of cleaning usually only extends as far as my Clorox Wipes will take me.
When I was first married, the first home I lived in had white kitchen floors. I remember being up all Thursday night preparing my first Friday night dinner. When I was done, the floors were grey and I cleaned them using, not a mop (that didn’t even occur to me), but paper towels. I suppose Clorox Wipes hadn’t been discovered yet.
Unlike mopping, though, sweeping can’t usually wait until the day the cleaning lady arrives. But I never found the need to sweep so often such a chore, until my baby began eating table food (I don’t remember how I managed this stage with my older children). Suddenly, multiple times per day, there was a rainstorm of food all around the dinette area (because of course, how else do babies signal they’re full or they want something else without throwing it overboard?)
The old broom and dustpan thing was not working.
I researched. There was a better solution. And, of course, no surprise, it came from OXO, the inventors of all the best kitchen gadgets, and of course, my fav highchair (which I wrote about in this post). Ironically, that same highchair was the very location from which 95% of what I was actually sweeping was being projected.
So, here’s why I love my OXO Broom and why it has made my life so much easier.
Adjustable Heights. I’m sweeping something close by, and I keep it short. I need to reach a little further (such as under a table), and it extends effortlessly. Also, since my kids can adjust it to a height that’s comfortable for them, they actually want to help with the sweeping. That, for me, is the biggest game changer.
The Stand-Up Dustpan. I know that there’s lots of dustpans with handles that stand upright. Still, eliminating the need to bend down is huge. Massively huge. The whole chore is also so much different when there’s a long handle and no need to get near the dirt.
Sweep ONCE. Do you know, how with most dustpans, after you sweep, there’s still all that dirt that didn’t make it into the dustpan and you have to sweep it in again and again? Not with this. One sweep and that’s it. All in.
Finally, those dustpan teeth. All the dirt gets into the dustpan rather than staying in the broom. Interestingly, three years back, there was a billboard battle between Quirky and OXO over the origin of the design. Honestly, a dustpan where I’d still have to bend down (such as Quirky’s) doesn’t quite cut it for me, so, despite Quirky’s claims to have invented the “teeth” concept, OXO’s concept is full circle.
And so, it might be a simple broom, but I appreciate it again and again after every single meal time, every single day.