Automating the benign

You know the drill: you run out of toilet paper, have to run to the store, buy everything you need (and a lot of things you don’t), get home and realize you’re out of laundry detergent (or deodorant, whatever). Joy. 

Who has time for that? I sure don’t. Chances are neither do you. So what to do? Subscriptions!

I can’t remember the last time I bought trash bags, toilet paper, dish soap, etc., etc. Everything is shipped to my door on a schedule that fits our family’s needs. No more running to the store for anything we use daily — thank goodness. 

So here is what we have delivered:

  • Laundry detergent 
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Toilet cleaners 
  • Kitchen sponges
  • Kitchen cleaner
  • Pop tarts (yes, I know. My husband has an addiction and I enable it — pick your battles)
  • Coffee
  • Beauty stuffs (my addiction)
  • Snacks
  • Replacement parts for all our stuff that needs it (Roomba, air filters, water filters, etc)

That’s not an exhaustive list, but an example of the crap in our lives that we need these day which can be automated out of our conscious decision making tree when we do need to go to the store. 

When I was in medical school with an infant, the last thing I wanted or needed to do on a daily basis was make constant decisions. Mainly because I was suddenly making double the amount of desessions — once for myself and once for my new addition: what should I wear, what should the baby wear, what should I eat, what should the baby eat, and-on-and-on. Decision fatigue was real, annoying, and exhausting. Once I figured out that I could cut out many decisions in my life, a whole new obsession with automation began. Everything was on some form of autopilot from calendars for meals (and hence a reliable shopping list for every week), to having a schedule for outfits (or scrubs). So when we moved back to the states and Amazon had the subscribe and save feature, it was a no-brained for our family. 

It’s not always the cheapest option, but the built in time saving for not having to go to the store is worth a lot to our family. Perhaps someday we will have the time to shop again, but right now we’re more interested in making sure the laundry is done before someone runs out of underwater #thestruggleisreal. 

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