Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
We’ve all heard about simplification on a grand scale, from those who have pared down their possessions to a hundred, or those who have jettisoned everything and moved into a teeny living space. But simplification is more widely applicable to our lives, and here at SimpleProductivityBlog.com I like to simplify simplification.
Today I want to talk about simplifying my life by removing annoyances. These annoyances complicate my life because I either have to do unplanned work to deal with them, or because it increases my time on a task.
There are two recent examples of simplifications I have made.
The Trash Can
We have small trash cans in most rooms of the house, so that you never have to walk far to throw something out. The trash can in our office was becoming a problem, though.
Our adorable (and none-too-bright) beagle had taken to going through the trash can every time our back was turned. We’re not sure what she was after, and the first few times we just said, “Well, there must have been something in there she wanted to eat.” But it kept happening over and over, and every time we would have to pause on entering the office, stuff all the trash back in the can, and then go on with what we intended.
Not a big deal, you might think. But it was happening nearly every day.
So my solution? We moved the trash can between the wall and my husband’s desk at the corner of the room. The trash can is hemmed in by a wall on two sides, the desk on one and a bookshelf on the other. We can get to the trash can, but the dog can’t.
It simplified my life because I am no longer doing extra housework every day. All by removing an annoyance.
What Are Your Biggest Annoyances?
Do you have annoyances that cause you lost time? Can you do something to simply remove the annoyance? Here are some examples:
- Can’t find a pen by the phone. Tie a pen to a string and mount it next to the phone.
- You need to run out to the car but the keys are upstairs. Keep another set of keys (or the remote opener) near your door.
- Your cell phone is out of charge. Have multiple chargers in your house – one near your door, one at your desk and one next to your bed.
What annoyances can you fix with a simple solution? Share below.
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