Earlier last week I noticed that I had a paper cut on my right thumb. I could barely see the thing, so I didn’t pay it much mind. By the end of the week though, I had to start putting a band-aid on the cut because I kept bumping it. Annoying, but still no big deal. Or so I thought.
Flash forward to Sunday. That barely noticeable paper cut had become swollen and infected, and my entire thumb seemed to be painful to the touch. I even had to drain the “wound” to get some of the swelling down. Stupid paper cut had my attention now.
And, that’s the thing with paper cuts. They’re usually small, don’t hurt much and aren’t noticeable so we don’t do anything about them. You get shot with a gun though and you’d be spewing blood and running to the nearest hospital. There’d be no question as to whether or not you need to take action. Gun shot wounds can start off as life or death situations–paper cuts, not so much.
But what in the world does this have to do with home making, you might ask. Truth be told, when it comes to our homes, we deal with paper cuts all the time. You know, the things that start off innocent enough; but then gradually over time, if left unchecked, they can become a real pain in your thumb. Take me for example…
- I jump on the computer for a quick five-minute Facebook check. There are so many cute pictures and funny updates that five minutes quickly turns into 30 minutes. By now, though, I can’t stop with Facebook. I need to check email, catch up on the latest celeb news, scan Pinterest, etc. At the same time, piles of clothes are waiting to be folded, school clothes need to be ironed, lunches made, hubbie has received no attention and it’s getting close to midnight. End result, I start off the next day tired and behind on all the chores. Paper cut.
- Or, we go on our regular grocery shopping expedition with the grocery list all planned out, but then a new food product catches my eye so I throw it in the basket. I walk down a few more aisles and pick up a few more unplanned items. Meanwhile, hubbie’s doing the same thing and the kids have added a few more things. When it comes time to check out, we’ve overblown our grocery budget big time. Ouch…so much for being better stewards of our finances. Paper cut.
- Or, we drop one or two pieces of mail in a pile thinking we’ll get to them later. The next day and the next, same thing. By the end of the week, we look up to see a Mt. Everest looking stack of papers and envelopes in our kitchen. The pile is way overwhelming now, so we decide to tackle it “tomorrow.” Chances are tomorrow is more like a few days or weeks later. By the time we finally tackle Mt. Everest, we’ve missed out on an RSVP deadline or the teachers’ request for new school supplies. Uh-oh…another paper cut.
The good thing is that you can take care of a paper cut pretty easy, especially if you get to it quickly. So, take a note from my experience and don’t let those pesky little things creep up and become huge nuisances in your home.