It’s been a busy summer in our suburban abode, but I’ve recently noticed an increase in a habit that baffles me: People leaving drawers and cabinet doors open.
I can’t blame the dog.
“What’s with this?” I’ll say with an exasperated sigh, shutting the door to the cabinet next to the sink where we keep the glasses.
Someone needed a pen, I’ll mumble to myself, closing the drawer where we stash office supplies.
As someone who always pushes the kitchen chair back to its proper place and wouldn’t dream of leaving the silverware drawer open after grabbing a spoon, I don’t get it.
Are they giving the drinking glasses some fresh air?
Throwing some light into the towel cabinet?
Returning shortly to retrieve the top sheet from the linen closet?
Granted, some doors are tricky to close. The door to our dishwasher requires a gentle push to close completely. Click! The double doors on the storage units in the garage need to be aligned just so to close. And the door to the coat closet in the upstairs hallway has a mind of its own.
Still, I can’t count the number of times I have reminded our daughter to close the garage door as she walks out of the house, car keys in hand.
In fairness, though, we rarely have to mop up the floor or carpet because windows were left open in a rainstorm.
As far as I know, no one has driven off with the trunk unlatched.
And no one in my family leaves the front and back doors unlocked or the garage door open all night.
(One friend – a mother of three – once told me that one of the things she missed when her next-door neighbor moved away was the nighttime call or text reminding her that her garage door was still open. And my friend did the same for her.)
It’s been awhile since I’ve shared this advice from cleaning expert/author Don Aslett:
“If you open it, close it. If you turn it on, turn it off. If you unlock it, lock it. If you borrow it, return it. If you’re done with it, put it back. If you make a mess, clean it up. If you don’t know where it goes, ask!”
Maybe I should make a copy of Aslett’s rules, highlight the first one in bright yellow and attach it to the refrigerator door.
At least no one leaves that door open. Not yet, anyway.
I also realize that the person who finally does mistakenly leave it open could likely be me.