You wouldn’t think that vacuuming would be that big of a deal. But I can say with complete confidence that vacuuming is my arch nemesis. It’s one of those chores that reminds me of just how disabled I am and I end up wanting to throw the vacuum out the window nearly every time I use it.
Vacuum cords I curse thee! Seriously, if I’m not getting my foot stuck in the cord or having the cord get stuck on something so I have to bend over to get it unstuck, then it keeps falling underneath the part that sucks up the dirt so I have to keep picking it up. Luckily I’m able to sit on my bed to rewind the cord around the vacuum so I can avoid straining my back for that part. I had a cordless vacuum at one point but it just didn’t work all that well. This one works well but I have to deal with the wretched cord.
Then there’s just getting said vacuum out of the closet. I rent a room in a house so I have very limited storage for things. My vacuum is in my closet along with some other things I have stored and it’s a pretty tight squeeze. I also don’t have typical closet doors, they’re folding doors that only open so far so oftentimes once I actually get the vacuum out, it then gets stuck on the door. Another popular scenario is that the vacuum gets stuck on the tower of things I have stored next to it and then everything falls over and I have to hurt my back bending over to pick it all up.
I have a fairly light vacuum but it still takes some oompf to push it around my small room. The way the room is laid out too, there was only one way I could do my bed so it’s very close to the wall at the foot of the bed so when I’m pushing the vacuum through there, it tends to get stuck on the power strip I have going across my room because only two of the three outlets in my room actually function. I also have very large windows with long shades and long shade pulleys that have more than once gotten stuck in the vacuum. It’s a real joy trying to get something like that out of the vacuum so it can function. And if you melt the belt in the process because the vacuum mechanism can no longer turn because of what you got stuck up there? Lord help you.
I also have a rug over by my closet that never ever stays flat on the floor no matter what I buy to try get it to stick. It’s forever getting a big bump in it which is a tripping hazard so I get to bend over to flatten that out all the time too. Vacuuming only worsens the bump in it.
My room isn’t bad sized but it’s narrow so the amount of obstacles I encounter just trying to vacuum it (which usually takes about 5 minutes), is just silly. But at the end of the day, it’s seemingly mundane chores like this that I’m thankful I can still do. Being able to open the impossible lock on the garage door feels like a triumph. Cleaning my sheets and putting them on the bed, a real high point. But Lord Vacuum, someday I will defeat you!