Vacuuming is a chore I just loathe. Don't know why, but I do. I love how my home looks when the floors are all swept, but, I still need extra motivation it seems to get it done. One thing that seems to help me a bit is trying to do it the best way I can when I do it.
Equipment - Get a good vacuum. Read reviews. Read the features. See it is person (if you are ordering online) and don't skimp. I had years and years of old vacuums where one thing or another didn't work quite right. I even went for a long period without one--and borrowed my daughter's when I needed one because I had 2 (yes 2) busted ones in my closet. Finally I bought a good one. It wasn't cheap. It took a strong stomach to spend the money, but, boy oh boy am I glad I did! It has easy tool access, bagless (which wasn't always a thing when I was a young mom) and works like a powerhouse! Did it cause me to love to vacuum? NO! But it sure makes it easier to do when it's easy to pop out, plug in and go!
Swipe Right - When you are vacuuming, you need to sweep up twice and back twice and slowing move to one side, making sure your swipes touch! I always start in one corner of a room and work my way around. With my carpeted areas, you can easily see where you have swept, but when I am sweeping a hard surface, you just have to pay closer attention so you don't miss an area. I have seem homes where people only vacuum in one direction so all the carpet is in perfect rows. I don't have time for that. Some areas I am a little more careful about the direction I vacuum and others, I'm not. Getting the carpet cleaned up is more important than it being perfect.
Not So Hard! - When you are using attachments on the curtains, or upholstery, or when you are getting into crevices you can't see, if you have a vacuum with super strong suction, you may want to see if there is a way to decrease the suction, or secure a piece of pantyhose or a thin sock over the tip so it can't suck up bigger things and hurt your vacuum or suck the drapes in the tube and destroy the fabric. Also, be careful going around walls, doorways and furniture. Sometimes it can be very easy to run into things and cause damage to your machine as well as the surroundings!
Use the Settings - If you have a vacuum that has setting for the level of the carpet or for bare floors as well, adjust your vacuum as you use it. If you don't, you can end up scattering dirt or scratching your hard surface floors and if you don't raise the brush higher for different types of carpeting, you can catch a larger loop easier and damage your carpeting. There are reasons there are special tools and settings with your machine! USE THEM!
I hope a few of these tidbits help you to be motivated to start your spring cleaning...or at least just vacuum the living room! --Jen Lush