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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Which Vacuum Cleaner Is Best For My Home?

There’s an overwhelming array of vacuum cleaners available on the modern market which can render many of us not so much spoilt, but certainly confused about which one is best. When considering purchasing a vacuum cleaner, it’s important to consider a few points to help ascertain the kind of cleaner that will be most suited to your specific needs.

Consider how often you vacuum your carpets

Whether you tackle heavily trafficked areas on a daily or weekly basis, the type of vacuum you use can make cleaning less of a chore. If vacuuming is part of your daily routine, a lightweight model may be adequate for maintaining your home. For less frequent but more heavy-duty cleaning, you may need a larger model, with a bigger capacity for collecting dust.

Similarly, the size of your home will have an impact on your choice. Wall to wall carpeting in a substantial family home may require a large model that’s tough enough to tackle the task.

Contemplate a product’s cleaning power

The suction power and cyclonic strength of a vacuum cleaner will determine how well it deals with dirt and debris. If you have a hectic home with hoards of animals and children, then chances are you’ll need a powerful machine to pick up pet hair and cope with crumbs.

The cleaner’s filtration level and its ability to agitate fibres and draw up dirt are also key points for consideration, particularly if householders are aggravated by allergies. At the other end of the scale, a single person in a small home may find a handheld vacuum cleaner a useful addition to their cleaning cupboard.

Choose style and substance

The style of cleaner you should choose isn’t simply a case of personal taste. Bagless vacuum cleaners negate the necessity for replacement bags, but can sometimes expose the user to dust when emptying the canister. For this reason, allergy sufferers may prefer to use vacuum bags which contain the dust particles and thus reduce the risk of unnecessary exposure to allergens.

When examining the appeal of different makes and models, manoeuvrability may be a key concern. Upright models offer ease of movement around a room, whereas cylinder styles are often better suited to stairs and harder to reach nooks and crannies. When making a choice, consider the features that will help make light work of your household chores. 

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