I don't mean to make it sound like I never clean the house. It's just that I rarely do the sort of scrub-everything deep cleaning that takes all weekend. Who has time for that? The first couple of years we were here, the property management company did an annual inspection, and we did that level of cleaning, but once they were convinced we were good tenants who weren't trashing our apartment (filling it with books and clutter, yes, but that's not the same thing, and we're on the ground floor so the bookshelves aren't stressing the building), they stopped doing that, and I stopped doing white-glove inspections of my own apartment. But things had finally reached the point where I couldn't stand it anymore, and I could come up with no more excuses for avoiding the evil day.
It was nice getting all of the windows open and the fans running to air out the place, spring-cleaning style, while I dusted and vacuumed. I think I do need to examine the filter in the vacuum cleaner, though. Based on the lack of suction, it may be time for a new filter.