Roomba to the rescue
Rachel's enjoying watching someone else do the vacuuming:
My husband and I purchased an iRobot Roomba. It was a compromise between the two of us since I wanted to hire a housekeeper and he wanted to save money [Ha! He just wanted the toy. -- Ed.]. We agree that this was a great solution for us. Every couple days we block off an area for cleaning and start it up before we leave for work. Our daughter loves watching it work its way through a room. It is not designed for heavy duty cleaning, but is much better than the no cleaning that we were doing before we got it. With the Roomba and a $30 dustbuster for spot cleaning, our old vacuum hasn't seen the light of day for months.