I am not a pack rat. I am not sentimental. I am not controlled by the looming fear that one day someone will ask me to produce a receipt for my $3 lunch at Taco Bell.
I like throwing things away. I like it so much that I wouldn’t be surprised if Al Gore accused me of being responsible for 7% of our country’s waste production. I create trash. Like a bandit.
My wonderful partner in life, however, does not share my philosophy on waste management. No, Mark loves to keep Stuff. All Stuff. Sure, there’s a special place in his heart for Teflon-coated Stuff, but Mark is on a mission to give all Stuff a home.
Like the 3 Palm pilots he keeps around “for the parts” even though he uses a Treo.
Or how about when the light bulb went out in the kitchen and I went to change it and found out that the box of what I thought were new light bulbs were all already burnt out. Because Mark puts burnt out light bulbs back in the box JUST BECAUSE.
And the worst part, what I’m calling Annoying Husband Behavior #1, is his inability to throw mail away.
I want to read the mail and then throw it away. Read and throw away. Read, throw away. Read. Throw away.
Difficult? I think not.
Mark’s system is much more complicated. Get mail out of box. Let it sit around for weeks until whatever information it was meant to communicate is no longer relevant or useful. Open. Keep on display on ottoman or on top of the television to keep with the “Cluttered but lived in” look we’re going for. Yell at Marie when she suggests throwing irrelevant piece of mail away because “You never know when we’ll need that information!”
Thank goodness I’m awesome and can compromise. I agreed to keep what I considered stupid pieces of mail as long as we filed them away. And Mark agreed to throw egg shells away instead of putting them back in the carton.
I’m not sure how I survive either.
What’s your person’s annoying habit/behavior?