I think a big part of growing up for me was learning to invest in important products. Living in a small apartment downtown means that I have to really think about what I’m buying because there isn’t a spare room to throw junk in. Over the past couple of years, I’ve bought tons of different items and when I moved, I got rid of tons of junk. In my new apartment, I decided to keep things to a minimum and to invest in important products that will last me a long time.
I have a cat and I’m mentioning this because she sheds… A lot. When I first got her, the apartment that I was living in didn’t have air conditioning, so she would lose a pound of hair a day during the summer. So I got a cheap vacuum because all vacuums are the same, right? Wrong. Turns out, spending $100 will get you a vacuum that blows out cat hair while sucking some of it in. After a year, it broke and I was forced to sweep daily to control the cat hair situation.
The sleekest and handiest vacuum for apartment living
Now, let’s fast forward to last month when I got the Dyson V7 Animal in the mail. This ended up being the perfect vacuum for apartment living because:
- It’s cordless and runs for 30 minutes, which lets me cover the whole apartment
- It has multiple attachments to get into every little crevasse; it can also become a handheld vacuum
- The tools make it easy to clean hardwood floors as well as fabric seating and carpets
- Storing it in my front closet takes next to no room at all!
- The biggest bonus: it actually sucks up all of the cat hair and dirt
I wish I could go back in time and buy this vacuum when I was in my old place because I would’ve saved tons of time sweeping. My boyfriend would’ve also thanked me because he’s allergic to cats, so he definitely appreciates having the cat hair to a minimum
As I previously mentioned, my old apartment didn’t have air conditioning, so summers were especially brutal. I got a cheap fan from the corner store and would use it to help me sleep at night. However, all that did was blow hot air towards me, still resulting in a sweaty sleep. My new apartment has heat and air conditioning, but I’m cold all the time and my sister won’t appreciate me cranking up the heat 24/7. That’s where the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link comes in!
The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link is so quiet that Zara isn’t afraid of it
Labelling it as a fan doesn’t really do it justice because:
- It heats and cools, controlled by a remote or through the Dyson app
- It purifies the air from gases, allergens, and pollutants (yes, those can be found in your apartment…)
- The Dyson app can track the air quality and temperature; it can also schedule purifying times to keep the air clean even when I’m out
- There aren’t any blades, so Zara won’t accidentally lose a paw
- It can basically double as a modern piece of art
Will I ever buy a $20 fan again? Probably not. I think Dyson products seem intimidating when browsing, but once you’ve experienced the quality of the products, there’s no going back.
Dyson app monitoring the temperature and air quality in the room – Glasses from Clearly
Living surrounded by concrete means that the air we walk through isn’t super clean. When I moved downtown, my skin definitely reacted to the change in air quality. I made the transition from regular skincare and makeup to all natural products around 3 years ago (I talk about it more in this post). When I started learning about green beauty brands and the ingredients that they put into their products, I wondered why I didn’t switch sooner! I’m a firm believer in investing in my skin; cheap products are made with cheap ingredients.
I used to buy a ton of products, hoping that they would work. I also had a closet full of hair masks, soaps, bath bombs, and other products that I never used. In my new apartment, I only have 2 drawers to fit all of my washroom products. I had to get rid of and give away a bunch of stuff, but now I have my go-to items that I stick to. That means, no wasted space or money.
After binging through my closet 3 times and still finding clothes that I never wore, I knew it was time for me to change my habits. I went to university right beside the Eaton’s Centre, so shopping was inevitable. I wasted so much money on clothes that I barely ever wore.
Now, after graduating, I feel like I found my style and I can invest in pieces that I will really wear. My wardrobe now consists of neutral basics, some statement pieces, and dainty jewelry. I used to go into fast fashion stores and buy 8 pieces a month, but they were all bad quality and bought on impulse. Now, I try to support sustainable and ethical brands as much as I can (and avoid fast fashion); I choose 1 or 2 fashion items a month that I know I’ll get use out of. In addition to saving money, I also have a clean closet that isn’t spilling out at the brims (living that small closet life)
T-shirt from Nude Ethics – ethically made in the UK
I guess, now that I have a working vacuum, an air purifier, good skin, and quality clothes, I can now say that I’m an adult.
*This post is in collaboration with Dyson. All opinions are my own.*