There is something delightful about coming home from the market with a paper bag (complete with handles), placing it on the kitchen counter, and unpacking each item one-by-one, delighting in every crackle of the thick brown paper. It feels so … classic–as if I could open my eyes and find myself in the 1950s. Forget groceries ordered online or supermarkets that only give you plastic bags. Keep it simple, keep it hands-on.
After carefully folding my bag along the creases, I tossed it into the only place I know where paper bags belong: between the refrigerator and the wall. This may seem strange to you, but I honestly have never considered choosing a different location. This is how we always stored our large paper shopping bags growing up. Not only were they out of sight (until you looked into that space, I suppose), but it made things easy when it came time to tote items on trips, carry gifts, or take food to a potluck. Where do you keep your paper bags?
Another habit I picked up as a wee lass (which I believe is fairly common) is propping my shampoo and conditioner bottles up on the towel/washcloth bar in my shower (which is it: towel or washcloth? See? I don’t even know!). I don’t use a rack over the shower head or suction-cupped to the tiles. I use the corners of the tub and that handy dandy never-been-used-for-its-intended-purpose bar. Every tub and shower combo that I’ve ever had in a bathroom includes that silly metal attachment. Why not keep bottles in reach instead of adding more clutter down low? The only danger is the bottles slipping off the bar and scaring me half to death. But that just wakes me up more thoroughly in the morning ;).
What habits have you learned from childhood that you’ve never questioned before?