It’s been exactly 199 days since quarantine began, and I’ve been fortunate enough to work from home ever since. And while it has its upsides (unlimited trips to the fridge, for starters), it’s also got major (albeit, superficial) downsides: little to no socialization apart from Zoom meetings, a longing to just gossip and chat with coworkers, and the constant weariness from never leaving the same place.
While I have adapted in a lot of ways, including investing in blue-light glasses and a laptop stand, I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that I was in a spinning hamster wheel of chores. In a very Groundhog Day way, my days repeated over and over again: Loading and unloading the dishwasher, prepping food, cleaning the house and doing laundry were my extracurriculars when I wasn’t working at the dining room table for my actual day job. Wash, rinse, repeat. Cook, work, clean—avoid the news until it was cataclysmic enough that it demanded attention (which happened to occur every day)—then sleep. Again and again and again. That’s when I decided to give the new Roborock S4 Max robotic vacuum cleaner a try. Clean house, zero effort? I’m in. And I was not disappointed.