Since purchasing my Miele vacuum cleaner, I have become a vacuuming fiend. The vacuum has a HEPA filter, an absolute requirement given my allergies, six power levels, a silence setting, an extending wand so that I don't have to bend down unnecessarily and a number of attachments. It is so powerful and easy to use that I almost relish vacuuming every nook and cranny in my home. Lest people think that I am a cleaning fanatic, I'll just say that I was a slob for a good part of my life. But as I've gotten older, I've become more organized and developed routines that I can manage. I try to vacuum at least twice a week (I have two cats). Sometimes, I break it up by doing the floor one day and getting at upholstery, furniture and moldings another day. Some weeks, I just do the floors, doing the main living areas one day and the bedroom the other day.
While I'm on the subject of cleaning tools, one heavy hitter that I cannot do without:
Lint rollers keep me sane between vacuuming sessions. I find them indispensable for keeping upholstered furniture free of hair, etc. (I have two cats - sometimes I "lint roll" them) as well as de-linting my clothes.
It's all about maintenance after all . . . .