They say it’s the little things that get on our nerves the most, and I have to say I can understand why. Some of my biggest pet peeves are stupid little things that happen over and over again.
What’s silly is, most of these things are totally avoidable, if I just took a few extra minutes to prevent them from happening.
So, to make my house a happier place and keep me from getting peeved over the dumbest things, I’ve decided to start taking some steps to prevent these annoying things from happening in the first place:
Always have backups of the really important things. Like toilet paper. No one wants to run out for TP at midnight because we’ve just used the last roll and we’re not due to make a Target run for another day or two. (Not to mention the fact that buying things last-minute is always more expensive, especially at midnight when your only option is the 24-hour convenience store.)
Things I consider essential to have backups of: toilet paper, deodorant, soap, Chapstick (I am a Chapstick addict, and would run out at midnight for it if I suddenly ran out), Tylenol, and stain remover. (We have two dogs, and I am a klutz. Stain remover is an essential.)
Do a nightly pick up to keep things in order. If you follow my Twitter feed (which you should!), you may have heard I’m a huge fan of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. (And just got her latest book, Happier At Home, this week!)
One of the things Gretchen talks about in The Happiness Project is having a nightly clutter pick up. For 10-15 minutes at the end of the day, I go through our house and pick up stray plates, socks, and other things The Hubby tends to leave behind in his wake. (I do sometimes make messes too, but it’s mainly him, I swear.) 🙂
I wipe down the counters in the kitchen, straighten up things have gone skewy, and put all the dog toys back in the dog toy basket. (They will just take them out again in the morning, but they obviously have a ton of fun making the mess, so I humor them.)
It’s a nice feeling to wake up in the morning to a house that’s in order, and it keeps me from having to do one huge clean up because I’ve let everything build up.
Make a list of food that’s about to expire. I hate wasting food. It feels like all my careful grocery list making and coupon clipping goes right down the drain. So we’ve started keeping a list on the fridge of things like produce and leftovers that are going to expire soon. That way, if we’re trying to decide what to make for dinner or looking for a quick snack, we know to use these items first.
Always plan to leave 15 minutes before you think you need to. I hate running late and having to rush around, but somehow I am always doing it! Or at least, I was…until I met The Hubby, who is as punctual as a drill sergeant.
The truth is, something always winds up coming up when we’re trying to leave. Big Dog or Little Dog (or both, if they feel like conspiring) refuse to come in from outside. My hair is doing something weird and I have to fix it. I almost forget to bring the present for the birthday party we’re going to. By planning on leaving 15 minutes ahead of time, we actually wind up leaving right when we’re supposed to.
(You’d think that knowing our time to leave is “fake” would stop it from working, but somehow, it doesn’t.)
What are your biggest pet peeves, and how can you take steps to prevent them?
photo credit: BrittneyBush