I’ve just made use of a fabulous tip I read either here or in Threads magazine, but which I’m afraid may have escaped the notice of other beaders. I had a lot of tiny spilled beads after finishing a dress, and was about to vacuum them all up when I remembered this: loosely wrap a fine piece of fabric round the end of the vacuum nozzle, then poke it up the tube a little way. Now hold tight round the outside and start vacuuming, and all the beads will collect in the fabric pocket you’ve created. Some other wee bits of dust might be there as well, but that’s not a problem compared to the labour you’ve saved, and the beads you’ve still got for future use.
Thanks to whoever it was that originally thought of this.