The other week we talked about how having the ability to throw money at problems was a great ability.
But sometimes there are little things that you can do to greatly improve your quality of life, just by fixing tiny annoyances. These may not cost a lot of money or even time, but just need to get done. Dedicating a weekend day or hiring a college student to go down the list or just doing them one at a time could produce great dividends.
For example, the light switch in our bedroom is one of those push kinds and has had a tendency to pop off when pushed. Meaning I have to pick it up, find the notch, and put it back. After weeks of partner talking about replacing the entire thing, but not going through with it, a little bit of fancy glue to keep the thing from popping off worked just fine and eliminated a regular annoyance. Sometimes satisficing with the cheap and quick solution is the way to go, especially when optimizing really isn’t going to happen.
Another problem one of us has been having recently is that it has been difficult for her to bend down to plug in the power cord for her external harddrive. Solution: attach an extension cord that can go on the desk. No bending over necessary. Another quality of life improvement.
A somewhat more expensive fix that we’re contemplating: partner’s glasses have some kind of coating that means they’re always getting smudged and he’s constantly cleaning them. Otherwise the glasses are just fine… but I think they annoy him enough that it would be fine to get a new pair (especially if he gets a cheap pair from the internets!)
Are there any little annoyances that you’ve fixed or that you could fix that would make your life better?