If you are planning to engage into a DIY household project, you will definitely find useful the info that Anna Moseley offers on her blog: AskAnnaMoseley.com. Do you o clean things that are impossible to clean? Looking for organizing tips from a real expert? Learn more about Anna from this brief 10 questions interview.
1. Please briefly introduce yourself
Hi I’m Anna. I live in Northern California with my husband and our two daughters, a 5 year old and an adopted 17 year old. I love my job and I love the freedom it allows me to be at home with my girls. I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years now and online I’m “known for” my cleaning and organizing tips. Last year we bought a new home so I’ve also stepped into the world of decorating and lots of DIY projects.
2. How did you find your passion for cleaning and what made you start blogging?
I’ve always loved helping people clean, decorate and organize their homes, it’s just in my blood, but I never dreamed I’d be doing what I’m doing today, and helping people all around the world! I feel like I kind of fell into blogging. It was never my plan to be a blogger but one afternoon I sat down at the computer, had tons of ideas and told my husband, “I think I need to start a blog”.
3. What’s the story behind AskAnnaMoseley.com?
“Ask Anna” started years ago when I used to have a family blog (before Facebook and all that). My friends would ask me cleaning questions and then I’d post about it on my family blog. There weren’t any pictures, just tutorials for the best way to clean things. Eventually my friends ran out of questions and that was the end of Ask Anna, or at least I thought. Then a few years ago, when I felt like I was supposed to start a blog, I had to go with “Ask Anna” because I wanted people to feel like they could ask me anything. My favorite questions are still the cleaning questions and I love it when a reader emails me to tell me that my tip “changed their life”.
4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Will you still be blogging?
I hope so. I love what I do and it’s been fun to help people all around the world. I’m sure eventually I will stop blogging but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Ask Anna covers such a wide variety of topics (cleaning, organizing, decorating, DIY, etc.) that I don’t see myself running out of things to post for a very long time. One thing I’d like to work on expanding into is doing more video tutorials. I’ve done a few but I need to start doing more. I’d also love to write a book so maybe you’ll see me on a bookshelf some day in the future.
5. What vacuum cleaner brand you like the most and why?
This is a tough question because I love a few different brands, for different reasons. I had a Dyson for years and loved it! It had fabulous suction and to this day still runs well, I just gave it to a friend because I have so many vacuums! The vacuum I use most often is my Oreck Magnesium. I love it because the suction is great and it’s really lightweight. It’s also great for hard surface floors and carpet, and I do love a vacuum that can multitask! Which leads me to my next favorite, the BISSELL Symphony. It’s a hard surface vacuum and steam mop which is amazing because I don’t have to switch back and forth between a vacuum and steam mop when I’m cleaning my wood floors.
6. What is the best vacuum cleaner at the moment, in your opinion?
I know there are so many great vacuums on the market, and a few I’d really like to try but the one I always reach for is my Oreck Magnesium. It’s lightweight, dependable, I love the high and low setting options and so much more.
7. Do you recommend professional cleaning services?
Absolutely! It is so important to have your carpets cleaned professionally at least once a year, once every 6 months if you can afford it. Vacuuming your floors on a regular basis is important but having them professionally cleaned every year will remove allergens trapped in the carpet, it will sanitize them and it will help them to look new and last even longer.
8. Do you have some special cleaning advice for people with allergies or asthma?
My number one piece of advice is to not skimp when purchasing a vacuum. A cheap vacuum is just that, a cheap vacuum, you won’t get a quality clean from a cheap vacuum and I guarantee it won’t last as long. Purchasing a good, quality vacuum is an investment. It’s an investment to keep your home looking new and it’s an investment for your health. I also recommend vacuuming on a regular basis to reduce allergens. Vacuum the floors but also the couch, chairs, and other furniture in your main living areas. Do your research and make sure to purchase a vacuum that has a high quality filtration system.
9. How many times do you clean your home per week? Could you give a few cleaning tips for our readers?
There are certain parts of my home that I clean every day. I clean the kitchen every day because if the kitchen is dirty I feel like the whole house is dirty. I also pick up the living room and main living spaces every night so that I’m not waking up to a messy house in the morning. Most of the messes are made by my 5 year old so before she goes to bed we do the pick up game to see who can pick up the most in the shortest amount of time.
I make sure the bathrooms are kept picked up and tidy but earlier this year I broke down and hired a housekeeper so she does a deep cleaning every other week.
Clean floors are important to me and I’m a girl that loves perfect vacuum lines. In our current home we have 90% wood floors so I vacuum them at least once a week to pick up the hair, lint, etc. In a house with 3 girls there’s a lot of hair so sometimes I vacuum the floors more often. In our houses in the past we had 90% carpet so I’d vacuum every couple of days. I always enjoyed it because each time I’d see how perfect I could get the vacuum lines, which made it more of a challenge than a chore.
10. A message to your fans
I am so thankful to be able to be a blogger and work from home. I love getting to discover new products, new brands, old brands I grew up with, and share them with the world. I’ve always loved helping people and to be able to help, not just my neighbor, but someone from the other side of the world, is such a blessing.
Thank you Anna, for this wonderful interview! As a side note, I’ll be reviewing Oreck Magnesium pretty soon!
*Edit: I’ve just reviewed the Oreck Magnesium RS. Enjoy!