Once upon a time there was a girl called Cinderella (Caro) who spent her days cleaning.
A thankless task that was never-ending.
No sooner had she finished one area of the house, that the tiny twin brothers she lived with (no ugly sisters in this story), started ransacking the rooms and she had to start all over again.
Sadly, this was no fairytale.
How do you feel about cleaning? Are you a neat freak or a slovenly-Susan?
Do you have a weekly cleaning regime? Or are you more of a ‘do-it-when-it-needs-it’ kind of a person?
My cleaning regime has massively changed over time. When we had our first house — an apartment in a beautiful mansion block in south-west London — I was ruthlessly clean and tidy. To the extent that I told my dad off once, for leaving sock fluff on the pristine, pale wooden floor (sorry dad).
My, how times have changed.
These days, you sometimes can’t even see the floor for the sea of Lego or Playmobil pieces.
Plus, these days we have stairs. Something our first place didn’t have.
Lugging a vacuum cleaner up two flights of stairs was OK when we first moved here. But over the last 7 years, things have altered somewhat.
Energy levels for a start; being a mum of very energetic twin boys can certainly take it out of a girl.
But this modern-day Cinderella was granted her wish the other day.
My cleaning stresses and strains were magically halved, by the arrival of two fabulous gifts.
Now, I know Christmas is a few weeks away but when a courier staggered in with my surprise package, I couldn’t wait until then to open it!!
So what was in the box?
The Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor
This thing is a clean machine and a half. It might be small in stature but it’s mighty in power.
I’ve already got a Dyson — mine is a cylinder cleaner though, rather than an upright — but the Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor vacuum cleaner is SO incredibly light. Much, much lighter than my old Dyson DC39.
It’s brilliant for giving the carpets a thorough cleaning and has made them look like new. Apparently that’s down to the Radial Root Cyclone™ Technology, which improves airflow to remove more dust and dirt.
Plus the other thing I like about it is the manoeuvrability. I thought my little cylinder cleaner was easy to manage but the Ball™ Technology of the new upright is phenomenal.
It cleans awkward spaces with ease.
And if that wasn’t exciting enough, there wasn’t just one vacuum cleaner in my Secret Santa present from Amy — no Siree Bob.
In the depths of the box, there was another.
The Dyson V6™ Cordless
I think this is when my excitement levels went though the roof.
I’ve had my eye on these little cordless cleaners for a while, so to discover one nestling in the box was pretty exciting, let me tell you.
Being able to clean the stairs — and the beams — without being tied to a standard vacuum cleaner is brilliant.
Plus it runs for 20 minutes on a single charge which gives plenty of time for whizzing round all those hard to reach places.
‘Cobwebs be GONE.’ — said Cinderella.
And just like that they were…
The 2 Tier Radial™ Cyclone technology of the V6 Cordless separates both the air and the dust inside, which gives incredible suction.
And it’s lighter than light too.
Modern Day Magic
Those clever bods at AO realised that people were buying both standard vacuum cleaners — and a handy little cordless jobby — so they combined the two products, in one handy bundle.
The combination of the light and powerful upright cleaner, together with the cordless Dyson have totally transformed the way I clean.
I can whizz over the floors in super-quick time, thanks to the Ball™ Technology and the handheld V6™ is so useful for smaller jobs.
If you think that a girl wouldn’t be that excited to be gifted a couple of vacuum cleaners you’d be so wrong.
You should have heard me when I opened the box! MUCHO squealing and excitement.
The magical cleaning technology of the Dyson bundle has made cleaning a doddle.
So you see, some fairy-tales do indeed have a happy ending.
Thanks so much to my fairy godmothers — Amy and AO.com — for granting my wishes for a cleaner house! Go and have a look at Amy’s blog to see what I chose for her.
If you fancy getting your hands on a Dyson Bundle from AO and would like to find one in your stocking this Christmas, pop and have a look at their website.
You’ll find the Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor and the V6 Cord Free Bagless Vacuum Cleaner being sold together for a magical £399.
And if you can’t wait for Christmas, it’s the AO Black Friday event on 24th November.
You might be able snap up an even bigger bargain!
Although this is a collaborative post with AO, all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.