As a creature of habit, this morning I woke up feeling the urge to clean. In particular, I've been tired of our dirty garage which has been covered in all the dirt of winter and road chemicals in particular. This, of course, means that today I did what I did almost exactly one year ago when I got started with some spring cleaning.
With the cleaning kick now in full swing, I'll be ready soon to clean windows, purge closets, and plan out our spring annual plantings. For now, though, I have two other items on my mind, and I would love your input.
1) I am considering investing in a carpet cleaner. Our dogs and the general traffic in our house have a tendency to make our light-colored carpet get rather nasty. We rent carpet cleaners from the grocery store every now and then, but I'm betting that with the cost of renting one many times over the years it probably makes sense for us to own one, provided we can find one that's both affordable and effective. So, dear readers: do you own a carpet cleaner you would recommend (or, equally helpful, one you would not recommend)?
2) I have said it for years, and it's finally time I made good on my promise to myself: I need to learn how to sew. I want to sew several curtains, pillow covers and even a cushion cover. Do you have a recommendation for a reasonably priced sewing machine this novice sewer could grow into? Right now I don't see myself doing anything too fancy. I don't think I want the world's most basic sewing machine, though, because I'm relatively crafty and might want to leave my sewing-improvement options open for the future.
I would love your advice, and I thought it was time to harness the powers of the interweb! Thanks!