I’m a notorious daydreamer, famous for zoning out during movies, grocery store runs and even in the middle of conversations (especially ones about basketball). This bad habit has been a constant irritation to my friends and family, but it also recently put me in some home-maintenance hot water.
Here’s what happened:
I went on a tea kick. Like, British gentleman from the 1800s, six cups a day kind of tea kick.
I was drinking all the chai, lemongrass, citrus and herbal flavors I could get my hands on, so naturally I eventually wound up with like a dozen empty mugs spread throughout the house (I’m extremely guilty of dish sprawl). My girlfriend was nice enough to point out that I’d littered our home with every single cup that we own, and sent me off to do a little bit of dish duty.
Midway through the cleanup, I began to daydream. (For the record, I was thinking about what kinds of tattoo reminders I would get if I lost my capacity for short-term memory like that guy from Memento.) Since I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing, I wound up dumping like a dozen tea bags down the garbage disposal instead of putting them in our compost bin.
One or two teabags down the disposal? Not a big deal. Twelve tea bags all at once? Bigger deal.
When I flipped the switch, my disposal made this horrible metallic sound of struggle (jarring me out of my daydream) and then promptly jammed up.
I wanted to hide the evidence of my mistake as fast as possible, so I hopped onto BrightNest and pulled up our article about fixing a jammed garbage disposal. I got all the way down to step #5 (the one right before you have to call a professional and hang your head in home-maintenance shame) before I got things moving again, but I did it! Plus, my girlfriend was none the wiser.
Moral of the story: Even if you know how to take care of your home, it’s important to stay focused! A lot of things can go wrong if you stop paying attention to what you’re doing.
Second moral of the story: Being a BrightNest user can save you from an embarrassing (and expensive) call to a repairman.