Happy New Year Everyone!
Now, back to our topic. If you want to vacuum just once a month, you should follow the steps in my previous post along with the following:
5. Place a large basket or low rack just inside every exterior door of your home and encourage family and visitors alike to take off their shoes and leave them there as they are coming in, if they want. (Don't make a hard and fast rule of this, however, lest you embarrass someone who has holes in their socks!)
6. Keep "tread depth" in mind whenever you buy new shoes for you or your family, and remember that the deeper the tread the more dirt that will get lodged in there and probably end up on your floors. Obviously, athletic shoes are going to have some necessary tread depth, but all other things being equal, choose the shoes with the shallower grooves.
7. The most important step of all: Get a rechargeable battery-operated sweeper and place it in or near the most consistently-dirty floor in the house. Unless you don't cook, that will probably be the kitchen. Get another one for every other level of your home. (Which means if you have a two story house with a finished basement, you need three!) Store each one in a very convenient place and get in the habit of using this sweeper often to clean up the crumbs and other day-to-day messes that accumulate on your floors. I have tried several brands but most prefer the one you've probably seen advertised on TV, the Swivel Sweeper.
(This isn't a paid endorsement, in case you were wondering. There are a few small drawbacks to the Swivel Sweeper, but of the different brands I've tried, I still liked it best. In a future post, I'll elaborate on the pros and cons—and if you prefer a different brand, I'd love to hear the same back from you.)
Come back next week for more steps!