Roombas have been around for a while. Whenever I saw them I was like, "Well, at worst, this is stupid, and at best, this is a cute novelty."
Let me set the scene for you. I've been living at my apartment for around four years or so and recently found a new place that I wanted to move into. Because I'm moving out the landlords want to show my apartment to people — a pretty reasonable thing! — but this means I have to clean. Okay, easy. I mop a bit, I sweep a bit, and I figure I'm done. They send me a slightly passive-aggressive email after saying that it isn't quite as clean as they expected.
I was angry. "What! I spent half a day mopping and sweeping!" It turns out I suck at both of those things. After doing a "deep sweep" — fueled by my rage — I discovered that the dust I had left behind was approximately the size and density of a baseball.
This was gross.
How did I miss all this?
When did this accumulate?
- I don't clean as often as I should.
- I don't know how to clean well.
- I don't really want to dust things or vacuum floors.
These caused me to have a Dust-Bowl-chic apartment.
My friend then mentioned his robo-vacuum and I was like, "Haha, Roombas? More like...Roomdon'ts."
But I started to look at them anyway.
I got excited watching the videos of them and took the plunge: I bought this guy and tried it out.
At first, he — it seemed like a 'he' so I named him Scootyboi and gave him a personality, like a little robot pet — glided around my apartment bumping into literally everything, like a little drunk cat. He's gotten better about it, but I'm not sure if that's his programming or if I got unlucky the first few times. But he sweeps. And he scoots around. I'm honestly surprised at how well it works.