The Tools of Motherhood: Dyson V6 Absolute Handstick



I actually busted out my new Dyson V6 Absolute Handstick during a playdate recently.
I wanted to show it off.
It is that good.
And I had to laugh at myself.
Once upon a time, social gatherings at my house involved wine, discussing current events, having opinions on world matters.
Once upon a time, the floors were clean.
These days of course, when friends come to visit it is with little ones in tow and we are lucky if we get to drink a cup of tea, any debate is interrupted, conversation is focused on our families.
These days, the floors are filthy.
Although because of the Dyson, my floors are once again clean.  Or at least they are easy to clean…unfortunately the Dyson can’t do anything about the fact that my children seem to scatter crumbs from one end of the house to the other.

Before I got a Dyson, I didn’t understand the Dyson hype.
I thought to myself, “What is wrong with a broom and a dust pan?”
Then I received* a Dyson V6 Absolute Handstick.
And I realised that a broom and a dust pan left a lot to be desired.

The Dyson is as easy as a broom.
It is cordless.  You simply grab it from its charging station and go.  This also means there are no cords snaking around the house waiting to trip toddlers.
It is light.  Just 2.3 kilograms.  Only one hand is needed to guide the vacuum.
It is easy to handle.  Even a child could do it.  In fact, children seem drawn to the Dyson…my son loves using it.
But it is so much better than a broom.
The Dyson easily manoeuvres from hard wood to rug and sucks up debris equally well from both surfaces.
I think the sound of a vacuum sucking up dirt is one of the most satisfying sounds in the world.
That sound is especially satisfying when it is accompanied by the visual of dirt getting sucked into the Dyson canister.  The contents of the canister are slightly appalling…it definitely gathers more debris than I could ever hope to collect by sweeping.
The canister is so simple to empty.  No more chasing toddlers away from dirt piles while you grab the dust pan, just hold the receptacle over the bin, click a button, and adios dust and dirt and crumbs and dog hair!
The Dyson is multipurpose.  It comes with a variety of tools.  You can remove the wand and use it as a handheld vacuum…perfect for cleaning in between couch cushions, the pram, and car seats.

The only drawback is the limited battery life.
I got about twenty minutes of vacuuming time before I had to return the Dyson to its charger.  While I can just about vacuum my whole house in twenty minutes, the vacuum really isn’t designed for that purpose.  But I find it is addicting!  I get the Dyson out to quickly clean the kitchen floor, and then the next thing I know, I am using the crevice tool to clean the corners of my closet and the mini-motarised tool to clean the dog’s bed.
I  actually also view the short battery life as a bit of a positive as it limits the amount of time I can clean.  It is refreshing to give myself only twenty minutes to rid the house of dust and dirt…and with the powerful Dyson it is entirely possible to go from covered in crumbs to clean in a matter of minutes.

I have only had the Dyson V6 Absolute for a week and already my attitude towards mess is changing.
Prior to receiving the Dyson, keeping the kitchen floor clean felt like a constant battle.  I was perpetually wiping, sweeping, mopping.  After every meal, after every snack, after every craft project.  As I believe that over-cleaning is a waste of time that I could use to play with my children or could use to focus on my own pursuits, this unremitting cleaning was driving me mad!
But because it makes cleaning so much quicker and easier, the Dyson has made me much more relaxed towards mess…and towards my two primary mess makers.
You want to eat pretzels like Cookie Monster would?  Go ahead, I can zip up the crumbs with my Dyson.
You would like to measure the flour when we bake a cake?  Sure, don’t worry if you spill most of it on the floor.  The Dyson will get it.
Glitter?  Let’s do it!  The Dyson even managed to rid my kitchen of glitter spilled while we were crafting for Christmas.

If you are a new mom, cross that fancy cot and matching change table off your baby wish list and instead add a Dyson.
And if you are an experienced mom, you know exactly how important ease and speed of cleaning is.  Add a Dyson to your Christmas wish list.
I never thought I would be one to get excited about an appliance.
But I am excited about the Dyson V6 Absolute Handstick.

Do you have a Dyson?
Do you love it?

* This is not a sponsored post. I was given a Dyson V6 Absolute on the basis that I would review it here on the blog.  All opinions expressed are my own.