Friends who know me from reading my Breaking Even blog know that for about a year, I lived in a 220 square foot apartment. With my dog. Yes, it was quite cozy.
When you live in this kind of situation, you sort of pick your battles as to what you can live without. To solve the problem of one closet, for example, I lived without a vacuum. Every month, I would drive to my very kind friend Dorrie’s house, pick up her vacuum, use it, then drive it back.
I moved to a larger (though still small) place this past November, which felt absolutely luxurious. I had gotten tired of the things I gave up… and doing things like driving to borrow a vacuum, even if it was a Dyson. It was time to get my own and so the search began.
I did a bunch of research and came across the Roomba, one of those robot vacuums. It is small enough that I can put on a shelf and has the added benefit of vacuuming for me. They are a bit pricey but the Roomba is probably the smallest vacuum I’m going to find.
To compare, I went and looked at vacuums at a discount store. They were all large but seemed to work well and were relatively cheap. Hmmm. My friend Jen purchased a new vacuum the day we went to look and gave me her old one. It sits on the corner of my office most of the time, reminding me that I probably should be cleaning. It is too big to fit in the closet and be able to close the door. Sure my house is bigger, but apparently not much bigger in the way of storage.
I decided to take the plunge and this morning on Woot.com, I bought the Roomba. I paid more for something smaller because not having to see the vacuum sitting in the corner of my office all the time was worth the extra $100 to me.
It seems like a few other times, living in small spaces has got me to purchase things at a higher price. More rugged materials, a better design… I’m not sure why smaller things are usually more expensive. But having something that fits into my life and works well is worth a little more money to me.
What about you: Would you pay more for something that takes up less space?