This evening I was about to run a bath when I noticed that my daughter had started using the new shampoo and conditioner bottles when there were clearly small amounts left in the old ones that she’d put to one-side.
I was going to say something to her along the lines of ‘There’s still some left in the old bottles. Can’t you try and squeeze some out?’ but then I stopped in my tracks.
I gave it some thought and decided to discard the bottles for a change. Do I really want to teach my youngest to do things ‘my way’ which is to squeeze every last drop out of everything including myself?
I laid in the bath reflecting on this very point. Nothing bad was going to happen if I discarded the ‘almost empty’ bottles. She was probably finding it hard to squeeze out the remains. I use the same shampoo and conditioner in my en-suite bathroom and I’ve been shaking out the dregs for over a week now. It’s quite irritating when I wash my hair. Could I learn something from my daughter?
There are many areas of my life where I can relate to ‘squeezing out the last drop’…
- The soap. I’ve been known to swill it around with a bit of water to use up the last bit. Is it really worth it?
- The laundry detergent. The same as above, I stand there waiting for the last few drips to come out and even turn the bottles at different angles to assist with this waiting game.
- My time. I’m getting better at this one, but I still take on more than I can handle at work and at home. I squeeze my time by just stretching that task for an extra 10 minutes, which then becomes a whole hour and takes over my time with the family or time to myself.
- The end of the day. I go to bed late, because I’ve squeezed every last minute out of the day to do things on my list and more (sometimes borrowing time from the next day as well). This impacts my sleep time which I know is important to me.
How do you get the balance right between using something until it’s completely gone/warn out/empty, compared to being more relaxed and laid back about everything?
Until next time…