Part of the Donkee Do List 2010 was to not waste money by buying stuff that we would hardly use with little return. The flip side of that to-do was to spend wisely and not be afraid to plop down some cash for quality items that will last and work hard for us.
The caveat, as always, is to not be in debt. So all purchases listed in this post were charged (points, baby!), then paid off pretty much immediately. Prices revealed at the end!
First off is the above 89″ Loring Coffee Leather Sofa from Room and Board. Now that we have Matty & Perrin running our household and pretty much owning our apartment, we needed a sofa that would be easier to clean and won’t harbor fur . We’ve always wanted to switch out the husband’s old chunky bachelor sofa for a leather one, but since the bachelor was so comfortable and not broken, we couldn’t justify spending the cash. However, with the cats in the picture…they loved nothing more than sleeping, jousting and doing their nails on that corded fabric couch. Corded fabric couch + cat hair = more allergens around + harder process of de-furring.
We went to the store in Soho and sat on all their sofas once, twice, then again. We finally decided on the Loring because it’s classic in shape, not too fluffy and puffy, it’s sleek with sexy curvy arms. It’s also high enough off the ground to make cleaning a breeze, which was a requirement on my end. Bonus is that it slides easily across our wood floors without scratching…awesome! Now clean-up and de-furring is a breeze, nothing more than a quick wipe with a Swiffer sheet or paper towel. Yes, of course, we already have some scratch marks from the cats, but nothing crazy. They don’t do their nails on the leather. But I like to think they are helping us distress it for that lived-in look, yes?
Next up is the Hudson Custom Media Cabinet, again from Room and Board. Prior to this, we had something from Ikea that was clunky and not big enough to hold the cable box, the media PC, game consoles, etc. This new media cabinet is a solid walnut storage machine…honestly, we even have a little room to spare. Again, high enough off the ground for easy cleaning and sleek lines were musts. That upper right drawer is the cats’ drawer. In it, they will find massive amounts of mice, balls, the furminator, another brush, a cat in the bag, their ear drops, nail clipper and stuff that we probably don’t even know they bought for themselves.
Now, on to cleaning tools…
This iRobot Roomba sits close to the boys’ litter box and is ready to clean up the bits of litter that gets tracked out and about. It can go room by room or it can focus in a certain area, it can dock itself to charge and can be controlled remotely. That means I can sit on the couch, munch on Hot Fries, watch American Pickers and vacuum all at the same time. Bad-ass!
This Dyson Animal has been on my mental wish list for quite a while and when the husband got one for my birthday…WOWZA! Up till then, we’ve had a clunky, though efficient, vacuum with all the HEPA stuff and it served us well for the last few years. However, maneuvering that monster was a workout and a half for me – that beast was almost as big and heavy as I am. I struggled to turn corners with it, I struggled to pull it back, I struggled to push it forward. By the time I finished vacuuming our small +1000 sq. ft. apartment, sweat would be dripping down my back and my arms and shoulders would be numb.
Cue in the cats and now we needed something much more agile (so I wouldn’t dread boot camp vacuuming), and much more powerful with the little feathery cat hairs. This vacuum sucks up every single hair and every bit of dust in existence! We’re always surprised at how much shit is in that barrel after the each vacuuming! It’s much lighter and that ball is worth its weight in gold. British Dyson guy, I crush on you!
I’m hugely allergic to cats in general (hello, two months of bronchitis, fevers, coughing and all that lovely stuff when we first got the cats home), so we needed something to really clean up and get rid of the little tiny protein particles from the cats that are the cause of cat allergies. This IQ GC Air Purifier is a grey monolith. It’s ugly and huge, but boy, it works. We have ours on casters and we set it on auto to run every day full blast for 3 hours while we’re out at work, then we run it on low to medium in our bedroom through the night. It has helped our allergies tremendously and a great thing to have, especially living in a congested and sooty city like NYC.
Now, the fun part…prices revealed. Dollars that we spent that was worth every penny and don’t regret:
1. Sofa -$2400 – we spent much less here than we thought we would!
2. Media Cabinet – $2400
3. Roomba – $600
4. Dyson Animal – $550
5. IQ Air Purifier – $1200
That’s $7200 of good stuff that we won’t have to replace in the near future. This year, that same $7200 can go straight to the bank – right on!
What about you? What big purchases have you made that was worth all its pennies?