I’m a problem solver. So anytime I’m dealing with a frustrating issue, I try to find a solution. I’ve had several frustrations pop up this week.
Rolling Grocery Cart
When I was unloading my grocery cart this week, the cart wouldn’t stay put. But I needed both hands to unload the groceries. No matter how I positioned it or what it did, it kept rolling away. Finally I gave up and retrieved the ice scraper from my car. Problem solved.
Overflowing Trash Can
The bathroom trash can is really small. I’ve complained about it for a while but when I suggested getting a new one, my husband talked me out of it. But last week I’d had enough. I didn’t have time to dump it daily and it wasn’t convenient anyway. So I took the plunge and spent a whopping $2.49 at Wal-mart and got a bigger trash can. I’m SO happy! I told my husband that I didn’t need a fancy house, an expensive car or flashy jewelry – just give me a $2.49 trash can and I’m a happy camper.
Overflowing Laundry Trash Can
I’m starting to see a pattern here with trash cans. Hmmm. Anyway, the laundry trash can was also full and overflowing. But instead of dumping it, I let the empty laundry soap bottles pile up on top of the dryer. The problem with that was that I never really knew how much laundry soap I had since some of the bottles were full and some were empty. I always meant to dump the trash but every time I went downstairs to do laundry, I was either in a hurry or I didn’t have another trash bag.
I finally decided it was time to solve this problem. I took an extra box of trash bags to the basement and left them in the laundry room. Then I bagged up the trash, put in a new liner and threw away the empty bottles. The laundry room looks a lot better and I know how much soap I have. Win-win.
Puppy Moving Furniture
So our chocolate lab puppy, Lucy, still isn’t trustworthy when she’s loose in the house. I do give her opportunities to be loose but it’s only under very strict supervision. What I mean is – I follow her around the house so I can remove from her mouth everything she takes that she’s not supposed to – which is one thing after another! When she’s not loose, she’s either outside, in her kennel or leashed to the dining room table or the filing cabinet in the office.
We’ve been leashing Lucy to the dining room table for a while but have had a few issues. She moves the table so she can get to what she wants. David put rubber feet on the table legs and that helped for a while. But she started moving the table again which loosened the rubber feet which she then pulled off and ate. Because we were lifting up the table to hook her leash to the table leg, it wasn’t allowing the rubber feet to stick and do their job. David solved the problem by using a plastic tie to attach a hook to the center of the table leg. Now it’s easier to hook Lucy to the table and she can’t move it.
By the way, I wouldn’t recommend doing this if you have a really nice table that you love. Our table is pretty old and we’re planning to replace it when we move.
I also discovered that I could take Lucy to the office with me and she was reasonably good. I hooked her to the desk leg. Unfortunately the desk isn’t heavy enough and she started moving it. So we used one of the hooks we got for the dining room table and hooked her to the four-drawer filing cabinet. So far she hasn’t moved it even a little bit. But she can get in the closet so she’s constantly looking for odds and ends to eat. I tried putting something in the closet to block her but she just moved it. I’m still working on a solution to this problem. Lucy was in the office with me earlier but she wouldn’t stay out of the closet and was so awful that she’s currently having a time out in her kennel.
So the moral of these stories is that if you have something in your life that’s annoying you (other than a person you love), do something about it. Life is too short to deal with annoyances that you can easily fix!
What in your life is irritating you? How can you fix it?