Thursday is garbage day on our street. And, today, this Thursday, Mark is out of town. He’s due back tonight, but the garbage pickup will be long done by then. When we spoke last night, he said, “Just forget about it. It’s not that much. We can leave the garbage for another week.”
Well, maybe he can. But, while I have no problem with piles of messes, I have a problem with garbage. On garbage day, it needs to go! But what to do?
The kitchen is on the first floor, a flight of stairs above the big garbage can, the one that goes to the street. The recycling is upstairs, near the kitchen. Our driveway is steep. How do I get everything from the first floor downstairs, and then to the curb?
Normal people first fill the garbage can and the recycling containers. I had a new idea this morning—at 7am even. First put the garbage can and the recycling container in my car. Then fill them.
I have to drive them down to the street anyway. I can’t walk them down to the street. The driveway is too steep. Why try to walk anything into the car? Take almost-empty containers and put them into the car. A transforming idea.
I did. It still took me almost 20 minutes of huffing and puffing to take out the garbage. It’s a good thing I work out! However, the garbage is out. The recycling is out. We have a clean kitchen. Aah.
When Mark lands tonight, he can take the garbage can and the recycling bin up from the street and order will be restored in our house.
Just goes to show you, even the “taking out the garbage” problem can be reframed! Maybe the next time you have one of these problems, consider thinking about it backwards. “What if I do it in the opposite way?” was how I considered it. That might be enough of a trigger to help you think of another idea. It worked for me this morning.
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