Little changes have made life easier

I’ve had some small changes lately that have made my life easier and a teeny bit more organized.  None of them are earth-shattering , but they’ve all been good.  I’m generally not a fan of change.  In fact, I have bought the exact same winter coat more than once and the exact same pair of shoes three times.  When I find something I like, I tend to stick with it.

The first change came after my husband made a trip to Target for us.  The baby boy was sick, so we weren’t all getting out, but we needed infant ibuprofen.  And I needed facial cloths.  For years I used the Olay facial cloths (and then the store brand comparable ones) that were dry and you moistened them under water and rubbed them together to make suds.  Being the frugal person I am, I actually cut them in half and they lasted twice as long.  One wipe was too large.  So, I’d cut the wipe in half, run it under water, suds it up, wipe off my face including my eye makeup then flail around with my eyes closed (so as not to get soap in them) to get my washcloth off the counter, wet it and wipe off the soap.  For years I did this.  By years, I mean probably about a decade.

The new facial cloths my husband got for me. I am glad for the change, though I was hesitant at first.

So when Chris returned from Target with something completely different that I had tried once a few years ago, I was less than thrilled.  I appreciated him trying.  I appreciated him shopping for us.  He insisted he couldn’t find the dry wipes (a later trip to Target together confirmed he wasn’t overlooking them — they were gone), so he had to get the pre-moistened ones.  Last time I had tried those, they left my face feeling more greasy than clean.  I wasn’t excited.  But, I decided to try them.  And I’m glad I did.  It was a good change to say the least!  They are the right size, so I don’t cut them in half.  All I do is pull one out of the package, wipe down my face, including my eyes and eye makeup, and toss it in the trash.  See the reduction in time this takes?  See the advantage of less laundry (I no longer need a washcloth)?  Change sometimes is a good thing.

We’ve had another change in our bathroom, too.  My daughter has been diaper-free during the day since not long past her second birthday.  However, she’s more recently diaper-free at night.  As such, I have nightlight I kept turning on every night in the bathroom before I went to bed in case she needed to get up.  One night I forgot to turn it on.  Of course that was the night she got up.  A couple of weeks ago, she found a Disney princess nightlight in her room that has a sensor on it.  We had gotten it for her a year or so ago but hadn’t really used it because not long after we re-arranged her room and had no good spot to put it where it would show.  She wanted it in the bathroom.  Good plan, kid!  Now I don’t have to worry about turning the nightlight on every night.  It automatically comes on.  Small change, yes, but it’s made my life easier.  In the past, we were hesitant to use an automatic nightlight in the bathroom because the light shining through had bothered my husband.  Evidently the kids leave him so tired now that the light doesn’t stop him from sleeping.  (OK, I don’t know if that’s true; I just know he hasn’t had an issue with this nightlight.)

The automatic princess nightlight that is making my life a tad easier.

Another change came yesterday.  For at least 12 years I’ve had a glass makeup case.  It’s this little rectangle with ladybugs on it.  It holds most of my makeup, but not all of it.  I sort of have to put it in in just the right order in order for it to close.  Buying a new, slightly bigger case didn’t cross my mind.  I mean not at all.  This has nothing to do with my frugality, it has more to do with just being what I was used to and not thinking of improving the situation.  A couple of years ago, the glass cracked a bit when we were on vacation.  But, it didn’t actually break.  I didn’t think much of it.  Yesterday, my makeup case decided it had had enough.  When I closed it, the glass broke more and it completely came apart.  So, I headed to Walmart before picking up the big kiddo from preschool.  It was nice to be out on a warm, 40-degree sunshiny day.  I found a slightly bigger makeup case that will actually hold all of my makeup.  It has a couple of compartments for organization, but it’s not so big that it will no longer fit in my drawer.  And if I needed to pack it in my suitcase, I could.  However, I also have a few makeup bags around that would work perfectly for my makeup when we travel.  I realized I needed to get something that would work best for the every day and not what would work best for when we travel, because we don’t travel all that much these days.  I had planned to buy something exactly like what I had.  And I found something exactly like what I had, but this bigger one will fit my needs so much better.  (I have no photo of the makeup case because I’m having trouble getting it open!  It has a lock that befuddles me.  I’m bad at locks and not even sure why a makeup case needs a lock!  For now I’m waiting for my husband’s help later.)

I know these are all small things.  I know they don’t seem all that big, but for me they are kind of big.  Are there bigger things going on in the world?  Of course.  Heck, there are bigger things going on in my own life than these changes.  But, sometimes the little things are what remind us to be more flexible in the big things.  If I can embrace small changes and realize they improve my life, then maybe bigger changes can be the same way.  Change is good sometimes!

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