After what seemed like a frosty eternity, spring has finally arrived and our fiery overlord - who you might know as 'the sun' - has returned to save our Vitamin D-deprived souls.
It means you'll soon see shorts-wearing maniacs take to the streets in their droves, doing their best to convince themselves the UK has suddenly turned into the Sahara. It also means you've probably eaten too much chocolate (hey, that's what Easter's for?) and if you're anything like me, are about to get ready for the dreaded spring clean.
I say 'dreaded' because even as a clean freak, it's hard to get excited about the prospect of cleaning your home from top to bottom. Dusting, organising and vacuuming aren't exactly words that scream 'best weekend ever’. So to make your life infinitely easier, we've put together a list of nifty gizmos and gadgets that'll have your home looking spick and span in no time at all.
Find me someone who loves vacuuming with all of their heart and I'll show you a real life unicorn. After all, while it might not be the worst chore in the world, dragging a big hunk of dust-filled plastic around your house probably isn't at the very top of your wishlist.
That's where the iRobot Roomba comes in. Simply put, the Roomba is a self-charging vacuuming robot that'll clean up your carpets and hard floors at the press of a button. It uses an iAdapt Responsive Navigation system to move around the house, and can even clean under furniture thanks to its compact design.
Smart cliff-detection sensors will also stop it tumbling down steps and stairs, meaning you can sit back and relax without a care in the world while your new robo-friend does all the legwork.
Mopping up the dirt and dust on your floors and furniture is easy, but how are you going to get to the grime your eyes can't see? No, I'm not talking about those stains you've carefully hidden under the rug. I mean allergens and pollutants floating around in the air. That's right, the very air you're breathing now!
Wait, don't panic. Because I have a solution in mind. The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link is a slick piece of tech designed to purify the air in your home. The gorgeous device also acts as a heater in the winter and an air conditioner in the summer, meaning it's a triple threat that'll come in handy all year round.
Windows. Those clear panes of glass we use to nosey on our neighbours. They're a nightmare to clean, and sometimes no amount of elbow grease will get rid of those stubborn smudges and stains. So instead of putting yourself through that never-ending nightmare, why not invest in a Winbot?
As the name suggests, the Winbot is a window cleaning robot that'll do all the leg… erm armwork for you. Simply spray some cleaning solution on the cleaning pad, place the robot on the window, press start and watch the magic happen.
For those of you who want to be extra thorough, the UV-C Sanitising Wand might just be the answer to your prayers. You see, UV-C light has been proven to kill 99.9 per cent of germs and is used in hospitals and clinics around the world.
This wand puts the power of UV-C quite literally in your hands, and can be used safely on objects and furniture around the home - including other tech like laptops and phones - to make sure they're squeaky clean. It'll also make short work of allergy-causing contaminants and microbial pests, so if you're someone who suffers from allergies or asthma, it could also improve your quality of life.
If you live in a cosy apartment and perhaps don't need to invest heavily in something like the Roomba, then allow me to introduce you to the Mocoro Robot Cleaning Ball: a cute (and very affordable) little fluffball that'll clean up your wooden and vinyl floors with carefree abandon.
The £29.99 Mocoro is powered by three AA batteries and will roam around your home picking up hairs, dust, and dirt using its pink microfibre coat. The cuddly critter will change direction whenever it hits an obstacle to avoid getting trapped in corners or at the bottom of stairs, and will pause work after 15 minutes so it doesn't needlessly waste its battery.
A quick nudge will set it off again though, leaving you to put your feet up and marvel as a pink fur-ball does your dirty work. Outstanding.
Chris Kerr is a blogger with an interest in all things tech. From gadgets to gaming, he is always on the look-out for the next big thing. When not testing the latest FPS or RPG, he can be found watching Sean Bean films and contributing to publications including Gamasutra, Stuff and IB Times. Find out more at http://www.chriskerrwriter.com/.