Now, living in the Midwest again, my apartment hardly has any dust. I can go about ten days and there's still nothing built up on my black bookshelves and surfaces. I'm quite mystified at the difference and ohhhhh sooooo happy about it. I guess the lack of humidity and living in the middle of vineyards was the main culprit in California.
I miss quite a few things about living in California but I don't miss those prolific dust bunnies, they were ankle biters.
I noticed one huge difference, living in the Sacramento Valley, the dust was EPIC. I could not keep up with the dusting, it permeated every thing and every crevice within my home. I would give up in disgust and let the dusting go till my sneezing fits got to be too much to handle.