The most rewarding thing I’ve done for myself in a long time is buy new socks.
Some of the socks that I owned had been with me for nearly ten years. And they LOOKED like it. They were filthy. They had holes. And I didn’t own two of most of them.
But I never threw them away still because of course it’s likely that a sock that has lacked its match since I graduated high school will suddenly find a mate and besides, it is wasteful to get rid of one half-decent sock.
I’ve spent mornings for years getting MAD when I can’t find a pair of matching socks. I allot myself JUST enough time to get out the door and get to the office in the morning, so I seriously don’t have 5 minutes to spend looking for a sock. I’ve put up with starting my days stressed. Or settling for flip flops in the snow.
Monday I bought 18 pairs of identical socks and threw away every other sock that I owned. For the foreseeable future, I will never have this problem again.
When I went to pack my gym clothes and rush out the door yesterday, I reached in the sock drawer and smiled an absurdly wide smile because it didn’t MATTER which two socks I grabbed.
Last night I set up Amazon Subscribe and Save so that paper towels, dishwasher tablets, trash bags and toilet paper will just show up at my door at 1, 2 or 3 months intervals – because we run out of those items ALL the time, especially toilet paper, and then we have to rip up pieces of paper towels to use, and if the paper towels and toilet paper run out at the same time we are IN TROUBLE.
This weekend I’m going to move all of my recurring bills (student loans, credit cards, etc) to my PNC Virtual Wallet, so that my nifty little calendar view will actually show me when I can expect items to deduct so that I don’t have to play cell phone calculator roulette when I’m out shopping and so that my bank app can let me know with BIG RED SCARY BARS when I might need to make some transfers from my business or savings accounts to cover expenses.
What the hell was the point of putting up with these inconveniences when they can be solved with a couple dollars or just minimal effort?
I’m trying to figure out other ways I can eliminate unnecessary pains and stresses. I think some people call this “life hacking” but I hate that word. So I’m going to call it “less fucking stress worrying about my big toe protruding from both of my non-matching socks or worrying about wiping my butt with quarter tears of rough paper towels.” Actually life hack is starting to sound OK.
What’s your best life hack, stress reducer or timesaver?
UPDATE 1: This post was originally called “32 socks to a better life” because I don’t know how to math, in case you’re wondering why the permalink is wrong. I’m leaving that so you can laugh at me.
UPDATE 2:: Make sure when you set up Amazon Subscribe & Save that you select your HOME ADDRESS not your WORK ADDRESS because it’s pretty awkward when a case of toilet paper shows up with your name on it.