August 24, 2012

Why I Love My Vacuum Cleaner (Giveaway!)

Neato Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review

This is our new robot helper around the house, whom we’ve affectionately named Mr. MagNeato. He’s the Neato XV-21 Robot Vacuum cleaner, and he sucks up dirt and dust like a magnet! We added the Boston Terrier sticker ourselves, but personally I think they should come standard. Don’t you? ;)

Neato Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review

1. Vacuum Lines.

Nothing brightens up a room like vacuum lines! I love the Neato because it doesn’t just bounce around the house haphazardly. It uses a laser to scan the room first and map the best, most efficient route before getting to work. The route changes every time it vacuums, so it’s sure to hit every nook and cranny. The Neato knows where it’s been and where it hasn’t, so it won’t miss a spot. As it vacuums, the sensor continues to scan, enabling the robot to navigate furniture, walls, stairs or Miley and Howie.

Neato Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review

2. Powerful

The Neato XV-21 is specially designed for pet owners and allergy sufferers. I am amazed at how powerful the suction is! It doesn’t just push trash on the floor around. It picks it up! I was afraid it wouldn’t work as well as a regular vacuum cleaner, but I am amazed at how clean our carpets look. We did the old vacuum comparison test: We first vacuumed with our regular vacuum cleaner, then set the Neato to work while we put our feet up and relaxed. Look at what all the Neato picked up that our other vacuum left behind! This little compartment needs to be emptied after every use, but it’s so easy to just grab it and dump the dirt in the trash — so much easier than large, fumbly canisters or bags, and you know you’re starting with a clean slate before every single vacuum.

Neato Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review

3. Schedule

You can schedule the Neato to vacuum for you whenever you want — when you’re at work, at the grocery store, or even while you sleep. Put your feet up and relax while Neato does the work! :) (He is just as loud as a regular vacuum cleaner though, so we don’t generally run him while we’re watching TV. :)) Last minute company coming over? Let Neato do the floors while you take care of the bathrooms. He works great on my tile floor as well! Neato can easily maneuver small obstacles such as rugs and door frames, so no need to “babysit” him. I have our Neato scheduled to run at night while we sleep, so we wake up to freshly vacuumed carpets in the morning.

My floors actually look like this all the time now, and all I have to do is press a button!

4. Value

The Neato XV-21 retails for $429.99. I kind of balked at the price at first, until I thought about it. There are several other extremely popular vacuum cleaners on the market right now that retail for upwards of $500-$600. And they don’t do the vacuuming for you! With the Neato, you don’t have to haul out a heavy machine. You don’t have to push it around every single room in your house. You don’t have to wind up the cord and put it away.

The only vacuuming work you’ll ever do from now is press a button.

Neato XV-21 on Amazon.

 

The Giveaway

I love my Neato vacuum cleaner, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share a giveaway with you today!

If you’re on Facebook, come check us out here! :)

 

  • To be entered to win a Neato XV-21 Robot Vacuum cleaner of your very own, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. What’s the first thing you clean when company is coming over?
  • Contest ends Sunday, August 26 at 8 pm CST. One entry per person, please. Winner must have a US mailing address. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email.
  • The kind folks at Neato sent me one of their machines to review, and I’m so happy to share my personal, honest experience with you guys. Giveaway graciously provided by Neato Robotics.

Time’s Up!

The winner of the Neato XV-21 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Giveaway is:

#615 Denise Lane: Vacumn living room…black chow/mix. After that I head for the bathrooms.

Congrats Denise! I’ve sent you an email! :)

 

Good luck!!! :)



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Sandy W August 24, 2012 at 7:35 am

I always start with the kitchen, then the family room, then the bathroom. Oh, and have to sweep the front porch and wash the grand kid’s fingerprints off the front door, which is glass. Would be great to try one of these vacuums.

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AshleyB August 24, 2012 at 7:35 am

I think it’s a toss up but 1. bathroom 2. kitchen 3. floors. Great giveaway!

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Sarah August 24, 2012 at 7:37 am

The first thing I clean when company is coming is my kitchen counter. There is a spot where stuff collects (magazines, permission slips, etc), and when company comes it forces me to go through my “pile” and put things away.

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Summer August 24, 2012 at 7:37 am

The bathroom. There is nothing worse than using someone else’s bathroom and feeling like you’ve witnessed something you shouldn’t have.

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Wombatish August 24, 2012 at 7:37 am

Ahhh, I’ve wanted to try a robot vacuum for a while now, but balked at the start-up costs (I buy cheap(er) vacuums personally, still a fairly poor youngin’).

The first thing we clean is usually the carpets, lol. So bad about regular vacuuming. Either that or the bathroom, like you said!

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Elizabeth August 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

Bathrooms are always the first thing I clean. It’s where people spend the most time on their own in your house so they can really see all your dirt! :)

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Kara D August 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

I go straight for the bathroom, then to the floors!

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Debi August 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

How awesome…….love it!!! The first thing I do is just check the kitchen and make sure nothing is a mess……then the bathroom. Oh – and if I win……where do I get one of those stickers???? ha ha It looks like it came with it. (and I think it should)

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Carol Remy August 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

I hate to vacuum – - so I really need this. I hate struggling with the cord and dragging it out. The first thing I clean is my kitchen counters, then my utility room because everyone enters my house through the side door. I would be heaven to wake-up to freshly vacuumed floors every morning.

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Jen Lau August 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

Living room first then bathrooms. This would be amazing to have! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Erin N. August 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

Oh wow! What a great giveaway. I would love the chance to win and stop using my old central vacuum. The first place I clean is the guest bath and kitchen area. With carpets in the kitchen and 4 kids (and a kitty), I typically vacuum to pick up goodies left on the floor. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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Elizabeth August 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

Decluttering and basically putting things where they belong is usually the first thing I do when cleaning for company. I can’t really clean anything until all my surfaces are clear of the extra stuff. I save bathrooms for last so they are the most clean and my family doesn’t dirty them up before our guests arrive.

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Anh August 24, 2012 at 7:40 am

I always start with vacuuming the house top to bottom and end with the bathroom (my favorite room to clean). This vacuum looks amazing!

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donna c. August 24, 2012 at 7:40 am

Wow-the NEATO sounds great. It would sure get a work-out in our home..with 3 children and 2 sweet Dalmatians! Thanks for offering this great gadget.

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Amanda L. August 24, 2012 at 7:40 am

The floors are always needing a cleaning! I’ve got 3 dogs and of I’m not careful, I end up with dog hair tumbleweeds!

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Georgia Girl August 24, 2012 at 7:41 am

Of course, everyone loves to come through my garage to come in, but, that’s via my kitchen. So… I always vacuum it first, then off to the family room, then the bathrooms. Just in that order.
I sure would love to just click a button and it clean the floors for me as well.
Thank you so much for just the opportunity to win one of these.

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Angie Farquhar August 24, 2012 at 7:41 am

Is it kinda funny that my husband is the one that would LOVE this vacuum??

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Shelia August 24, 2012 at 7:42 am

I have two cats in the house so I start dusting and vacuuming my great room and move through the house. If I had the NEATO-XV21 I could work in two rooms at one time! The comments are right…the house isn’t finished until I see vacuum lines in the carpet! Love freshly vacuumed carpet and would love to win this little jewel!

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Meredith August 24, 2012 at 7:42 am

The first thing I do is clean the downstairs bathroom. People can look at the hairballs on the floor and dust on the surfaces, but no need to use a dirty bathroom. Yuck!

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Claudia August 24, 2012 at 7:42 am

The first thing I clean when company comes over is the kitchen. It always seems to collect things and if the counter is clean and there are no dishes in the sink, the rest of the house looks better! (I would love this vaccuum especially since it works on both carpet and hard floors.)

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Natalie August 24, 2012 at 7:42 am

Wow! I would just love one of these! How cool? My living room is always the first room to be cleaned. Although I love to clean and I like things neat and orderly, have you ever heard this saying….I get more cleaning done in the 10 minutes before someone comes over than I do in a week. Lol, I can say this definitely applies at times in my life. =)

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Danielle R August 24, 2012 at 7:43 am

For me the first thing I clean is the entry way. I have a set of drawers there that I have been using as a catch-all and tend to drop mail, books, receipts, whatever I have in my hands when I walk through the door. So when company comes, I quickly remove the mail and neaten that area up…then on to the bathroom! :) I would love a vacuum that would clean the carpets while I quickly tidied up the rest of the house. One less things to worry about. I’m sure it would be more accurate than I am! Have a great weekend!

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Amy August 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

With two little dogs in the house, I could really use this!

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Onease August 24, 2012 at 7:45 am

This looks Awesome!!!

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Kelli Downey August 24, 2012 at 7:45 am

If my house is vacuumed it is clean! Love this giveaway!

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Amy M August 24, 2012 at 7:45 am

What’s the first thing I clean when company is coming over? Well, let’s see. My bathrooms of course! I have two little boys and well, they just make a mess if you know what I mean ;) I love your blog and would love one of these vacuums!!

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Carmi August 24, 2012 at 7:45 am

I will usually clean my bathrooms, the guest bedroom with clean linens, then vacuum.

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Paige S August 24, 2012 at 7:45 am

I clean the bathroom. Especially the toilet!

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Jenny H. August 24, 2012 at 7:45 am

The first place I clean is the bathroom. Always seems like my luck, that the guests who come over need to use the restroom right away. And with four kids, the bathroom always gets messy..lol. A close second is the livingroom…vacuuming that is:)

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Maureen August 24, 2012 at 7:47 am

The living room, the front entry way is part of the whole room and very observable, its an open plan and anything out of place stands out!

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Donna B August 24, 2012 at 7:47 am

Always clean the bathroom first!

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Sara P August 24, 2012 at 7:48 am

The kitchen, dining room and living room – they are the main parts of the house and I can close the doors to the rest.

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Linda August 24, 2012 at 7:48 am

My bathrooms are generally pretty clean, so I always clean the kitchen and living room first since those are the rooms my guests spend the most time in!

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Brittany McGowan August 24, 2012 at 7:48 am

The first “thing” my fiance and I clean is our dog, Miss Tilly. She’s a beagle basset mix and always has her nose in something in the house or outside. The first thing we do is we do a “smell test”. Tilly has foul odors to begin with (passes gas in public), therefore we must eliminate as many odors as we can. This results in a bath for Tilly. She’s the best dog in the world but there always has to be a smell test before going on roadtrips, vacations to visit her “grandparents”, and when we have friends over :)

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danielle August 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

The living room :) I soooo need a new vaccuum, too!

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Mary August 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

I try to do the hardest to clean rooms first so I don’t lose my energy. I would love to have this vac especially because my back hurts so much lately. Great giveaway! Thank you.

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Angie August 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

I always make sure our black granite countertops in the kitchen are cleaned off…those show everything!

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amy kirkland August 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

First thing I clean when company is coming is the KITCHEN!!! It’s the center of our family and is always the first thing to become a mess.

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Mary Anne August 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

I clean the bathrooms first! I actually am in the process of shopping for a vacuum cleaner, so this is perfect timing. I sure hope I win!!

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Teale August 24, 2012 at 7:51 am

The clutter…then the kitchen. I need a MagNeato! I have an 11 month old that tries to be a human vacuum!

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Susan J August 24, 2012 at 7:51 am

I clean the living room and hope they don’t go anywhere else in the house! (:

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Mary Anne Tomlinson August 24, 2012 at 7:52 am

The first thing I clean when company is coming is my kitchen and breakfast bar. I sure hope I win this awesome vacuum cleaner.

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Stefanie August 24, 2012 at 7:52 am

The first thing I clean is the BATHROOMS!! :)

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Alan C. August 24, 2012 at 7:52 am

I would vacuum for my wife if we had one of these. :)

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Candice H. August 24, 2012 at 7:52 am

I clean the living room from top to bottom first! thats where all my animals meet when us people arent around so there is lots of hair.

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Susannah August 24, 2012 at 7:54 am

I always clean the den and kitchen because that’s where we will spend our time. And, I’m a vaccuum snob and would never have thought this robotic vaccuum really works!

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Donna Dear August 24, 2012 at 7:54 am

I clean my kitchen and living room. If I have time I would mop my kitchen.

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Barb S August 24, 2012 at 7:54 am

I hide all the clutter and then wipe down my kitchen, light a few candles, turn down the lights and voila!

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Tara Beckstedt August 24, 2012 at 7:54 am

I sooo need one of these! How cool. First thing I do (among a LONG list of other things) is pick up all the toys so guest have a place to sit! ;)

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Kim August 24, 2012 at 7:54 am

I clean the bathroom first.

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh August 24, 2012 at 7:54 am

I’m so entering this for the Mr because he’s been begging for something like that forever.

As far as the first thing I clean, it’s usually the kitchen because it’s the first thing people see when they walk into the house but the carpets living room is a couple of steps away.

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Julie August 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

I always start with the kitchen first when I have people coming over to the house for a visit.

Pick me, pick me! I would love to have one of these vacuums! Great giveaway today…

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Jeanne August 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

Wow! That vacuum robot really looks like they got all the kinks worked out that befall all the other ones out on the market. Everything I didn’t like about them is better in this robot vacuum! I clean the kitchen/FR, then the bathrooms,then the foyer! What a huge help this vacuum would be!!!! Great Giveaway!

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Tara August 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

I clean my kitchen/living room since I have an open floor plan! This is an awesome review and giveaway! Thanks!

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Rachael August 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

Kitchen! mostly so I can cook everything and then have everyone congregate in my spacious (for an apartment) kitchen and enjoy my treats!

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Demitria August 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

We always need to vacuum the living room furniture. Our cat is always sleeping on it and leaving behind piles for fur. Then we vacuum the rest of the house!

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Beckie August 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

Kitchen is always the first to get cleaned! It’s usually the messiest because of dinner prep for the company. However, if it’s overnight company than the room that they’re staying in gets tackled first!

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Ebpitcher August 24, 2012 at 7:57 am

Got to clean my stacks up! With the Neato I might think first about vacuuming!

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Nikki August 24, 2012 at 7:57 am

The first thing I clean is the guest powder room, especially the toilet, because I don’t think there is anything more gross than using a dirty loo. :)

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Deborah August 24, 2012 at 7:57 am

The kitchen is first since people always tend to hang out there the most and then the bathroom!

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Brandy August 24, 2012 at 7:57 am

I make sure the main bathroom is clean and the livingroom is straightened up.

I would love to win this vacuum. The cat hair in my house is rediculous! Thanks for the chance!

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Dianna @ Aspiring to be August 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

The kitchen is usually the first thing I clean. Its the one room where everyone congregates throughout the day and the clutter really builds up.

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Jana Pindell August 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

Bathroom! Nobody wants to use your powder room and it be unclean.

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Michelle Torres August 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

The first thing I clean when I have guest’s coming over is my carpet’s, then my hardwood’s. There is nothing like clean floor’s to walk on to me…

Michelle Torres
decorater4life@aol.com

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Holly August 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

The first thing I clean is the living room and all it’s clutter. My husband always has at least 5 Mt. Dew cans sitting around!

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Paty Shaulis August 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

The first thing I do is dust the furniture, the vacuum the floors because I have a cat that leaves hair everywhere! How long does the battery last on this robot vacuum cleaner? Does it work on floors with a lot of objects like tables and chairs?

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Stephanie F. August 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

With 2 cats, I always vacuum first. This vacuum would be awesome, what a time saver!!

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Ruth E. August 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

I pick up the living room and clean the kitchen!

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Karen August 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

I clean the bathroom and vaccumn and straighten up the kitchen. I can close doors on everything else. LOL

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Maggie August 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

I always clean the bathroom first!!

This looks like the coolest vacuum EVER.

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Bhea August 24, 2012 at 7:59 am

I clean the messiest room first! Then I make sure the guest bathroom is presentable.

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deann jarrett August 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

Dust furniture and spray air freshner.

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Kristen H. August 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

The first thing I clean when company is coming is the bathroom. With two little boys it is impossible for it to stay clean for long. I would love to have the vacuuming done while I clean.

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Stuart August 24, 2012 at 8:02 am

The first thing I clean is the bathroom. Not that it’s a mess, but it’s my go to place. Fingers crossed!

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Wendy W. August 24, 2012 at 8:03 am

Bathroom first, then a quick dash around the den to straighten up. I am WAY impressed with this vacuum … on my way to check it out on Amazon now!

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Maria M August 24, 2012 at 8:03 am

The first thing I clean out is the living room where the company will have to sit. The kids have a tendency to wander in there and leave everything behind. Then the kitchen and the dining room.

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Amanda N. August 24, 2012 at 8:03 am

I’m big on vacuume lines and lighting candles!

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Jennifer August 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

The kitchen gets cleaned up first. Thanks for the chance!

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quietangelsb August 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

what an awesome vacuum! I typically vacuum the family room first since that’s the room that we typically spend the most time in! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Denise August 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

I start with living room and kitchen. They’re all in the same room. =)

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Jessica August 24, 2012 at 8:05 am

Always the kitchen!!!!

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Tracie August 24, 2012 at 8:05 am

My kitchen is usually in terrible shape! Vacuuming always gets pushed to the bottom of the list.

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Lindsay August 24, 2012 at 8:05 am

First thing I do is vacuum the area rug. My dog loves his tug and it leaves strings all over the place! Or I just neaten up the kitchen. And clean the stove. And put away all my shoes that are scattered. There’s just too much! Always!

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Miri August 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

The first thing I clean for company is the living room and then the bathroom.

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Julie August 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

I clean the living room first since that is the first room they walk into.

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Cindy August 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

I always clean bathrooms first when company is coming. But floors are a close second!

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Chrichelle Fernandez August 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

I definitely run around the house to pick up all the toys first and throw them in to the biggest toy box! This vacuum would definitely help me keep my sanity a little! GREAT giveaway!

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Jessica August 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

OMG, my husband has been bugging me about getting one of these. He would LOVE this! As for cleaning before guests…idk that I have a go-to first item to clean. It might be vacuuming, because, as you pointed out, the vacuum tracks make it look nice and clean, even if I haven’t gone the extra step to dust, which is my absolutely most hated chore. Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity! So hoping I win this one! :-)

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nicole p August 24, 2012 at 8:08 am

The first thing I clean is the bathroom.

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Samantha August 24, 2012 at 8:08 am

I always clean the living room first! Thanks for the giveaway!!
Have a great weekend!

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Erin August 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

Im not going to lie the bathroom is the first thing I clean, but when ever you have company over of course everyone sits on the couch, puts their feet up. So you have to clean the living room, I just adopted another cat (kitten) and I cannot believe how much the amount of cat hair has gone up from one little 4 lb kitten. This vacuum would be a God send if I won. Hope I do!! =)

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Becky August 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

I always pick up any clutter and do the bathrooms first. The vacuuming gets left til last and I sometimes run out of time to do a nice job. Thanks :)

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Betsy August 24, 2012 at 8:10 am

The bathroom and living room. I try to make sure that anything you can see from the front door always looks clean, but with 3 little kids it gets a little hard sometimes. :)

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Sarah Parker August 24, 2012 at 8:10 am

I go around and pick up all clutter, then I wash any dishes. Because dog hair is everywhere all the time I save vacuuming as the final touch and it makes a huge difference in making the house presentable.

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Julie August 24, 2012 at 8:10 am

WOW! What an awesome opportunity! I always head to the powder room and then the kitchen. Thanks!

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Deena August 24, 2012 at 8:10 am

Definitely the first thing I do is clean off the kitchen countertops and any dishes in the sink. I think a cluttered counter and sink brings down the whole room! Plus my kitchen, dining, and living rooms are all one big area. So a mess in the sink is really noticeable!

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Marsha August 24, 2012 at 8:11 am

I’d love to win! I always clean to bathroom first when we have company coming over.

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Jodi Krautkramer August 24, 2012 at 8:11 am

Oh my goodness!! My carpets, I have a dog that I swear sheds about a bucket a day of dog hair!! This would be so handy!

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Margie Huggins August 24, 2012 at 8:12 am

with 3 dogs and 2 cats this would be fabulous!

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Deb August 24, 2012 at 8:12 am

Ive been busy this morning downloading your fav. Iphone Apps. OOOh! Would love to have this vacuum! Thanks for the chance to win!

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