A few weeks ago, I was feeling off, agitated more often than usual for no obvious reason. We were all healthy and the kids were sleeping at night (hallelujah), so I really had no explanation for my irritation.
And then it dawned on me.
There were tiny, fixable problems everywhere I turned. All of which could easily be resolved, but had long been ignored.
Here’s the list:
- Library fine for overdue books and a CD we needed to replace
- One tire in my car was low on air, causing an orange notice to come on every time I started my car
- Old windshield wipers that squeaked if there wasn’t enough rain and streaked the glass if there was too much rain
- Brake light out in my car– another notice each time I started my car
- A couple of light bulbs out throughout our home
- One set of blinds that wouldn’t come down all the way in our bedroom
- Lots of small items out of their designated place (or without a designated place altogether) throughout our home
So I committed my free time two days in a row to doing what I could to resolve the issues.
Paying the library fine and getting air in my tire were mindless and super easy to accomplish. Putting the small, out of place items back in their homes and finding homes for others that didn’t have one took longer than expected, but was easy nonetheless. Check. Check. Check.
But then there were the slightly more complicated tasks like changing my windshield wipers and fixing my brake light. I didn’t want to have to make an appointment for my car to go into the shop. I simply dedicated the time, looked it up on YouTube, and did it. And I felt a sense of relief and accomplishment.
It wasn’t obvious until after I took the time to fix these things what a collective drain on my energy they had all been.
But this morning it was raining and not once did I want to scream at my windshield wipers. My son even said, “hey, Mommy! How come the wipers are so quiet?”
- What are some simple, resolvable problems in your home?
- What can you fix today to make your life easier?