Timskitties' post brought to mind my own solution to this well-known problem. What did I do? I broke down and bought a dust buster. This might not work for those of you with pine chips or shredded paper for litter, but I use Tidy Cats Crystals Blend. Now, instead of breaking out the vacuum every day, I just dust bust in about 30 seconds! It's so great!
Just thought I'd share...this obvious solution didn't dawn on me until this weekend. I honestly forgot they made dust busters!! Maybe I won't be the only one?
Tim: with 3 kitties, I'll bet you'd be dust busting (that sounds funny!) that often! I've become a bit more lax in my need for ABSOLUTE tidiness since our boys came along. I used to freak out about anything being dirty. Now, I'll dust bust at the end of the day and let that be that. We also have one of those litter mats...the ones with the pointy bits to step on. At first, the boys just jumped over them, spreading the litter even further than before! Now, they've learned to step on it, thank goodness.
Still, they do get litter spread about the place, so the dust buster has been a fun toy for me these past few days.
Binx also has a bit of a "chewing on cardboard to make kitty confetti" fetish (as we call it) so the buster has come in use for cleaning up the confetti every evening.
I keep a little hand broom and dustpan near the litter box. I sweep up any stray litter about once a day (usually when I scoop.) Nice to hear about the dustbuster, I'll have to get one!
While we were travelling with the boys over the holidays, this is what I did as well. But while we were at my parents' house last week--my father is a bit OCD about cleaning--I ended up sweeping at least 3 times a day to keep my dad from freaking! The boys carried out a ton of litter with them each time they used the box!! I got sick of being on my hands and knees sweeping, so my mom got us a dust buster as a present. It's such a great tool to have around! I hope it helps you out, too!!