Most habits at home are positive, comforting routines. But a few things we do on the regular might need a tweak every so often. These four things are good ideas once in a while but not always! Don't fall into the habit trap here.
Buying matching sets
If you really need a top sheet, a fitted sheet and two pillowcases then go ahead and reach for that set. But if you came in to buy only one piece of that package, don't pick up the set simply because the company who manufactures it wants you to! Buying things you don't need is always a waste of money.
Storing all food in the fridge
When in doubt, many people throw it in the fridge and call it a day. But not everything in the kitchen should be chilled. Veggies like potatoes, onions and tomatoes should never get cold. Breads actually goes stale faster in the fridge than on the counter; vinegars or vinegar-based sauces don't need refrigeration. And then there are the grey area perishables like butter and eggs and peanut butter. Bottom line: save yourself some fridge space and address each item rather than tossing it in out of habit.
Running the dishwasher when it's not full
Many families automatically fill and run the dishwasher after dinner every night. That's great if you dirty enough dishes to make it worth your while, but I often find myself filling the little soap window before I realize how much empty space is left! The simple solution is to— obviously — to wait a few more meals to make every wash as efficient as possible. The only hard part is breaking my habit.
Automatically saying yes
This probably applies to several areas of your life, but for now, let's talk house guests, dinners and cocktail parties. Even if you love hosting and it's become a habit for your crew to always gather chez toi, it's so easy to overextend yourself. Curtail your urge to volunteer for every get together until you take a moment to check your schedule, check your sanity and make sure you're saying yes because you really want to do this task and not out of a misplaced sense of obligation. Your future self will thank you for the mindfulness.
What other habits do you wish you could unlearn?
Re-edited from a post originally published 8.23.15-NT