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3 Life Tips I Learned from My Wife

The Best Cure for Hiccups

Without a doubt, there is a long-standing discussion on how to get rid of hiccups. Do you hold your breath? Eat peanut butter? Have someone scare you? Drink water upside down? The list goes on. But do any of those really work? From my experience, not usually.

That’s why I need to share this new simple method my wife taught me. It really is the best cure for hiccups! Okay, here it is. Drink 9 sips of water without stopping. That’s it. It works pretty much every time!

Put Water on Rice in the Microwave

I’ve been microwaving food my whole life, and it’s always been a struggle to microwave rice and have it turn out as soft and moist as fresh rice from the rice maker. Usually it’s fairly dry and kind of hard. But my wife taught me to drizzle some water on the rice and then cover it with a silicone cover thing.

But don’t stop there! There’s one more piece that makes the difference. Microwave it for twice as long as you normally would. That way the water and cover partially recook the rice. It makes it so soft and yummy — just like freshly cooked rice.

Folding Clothes

Being the perfectionist that I am, I have a tendency to allow that nature to affect most areas of my life. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes striving for perfection is good, but it can often be a hindrance and a waste of time.

Folding clothes is one of the areas where striving for perfection can be a waste of time. Growing up, I would always fold my pants in a very specific way — align the button and zipper, fold inward, fold exactly in half, and then exactly in half once more.

One day while watching my wife fold pants, I realized something. Does it really matter how pants are folded? Like really?! They get folded and put in the closest, just to later get unfolded, worn, washed, and refolded. Over and over this cycle repeats. She simply folded them in half, button out, and then in one quick motion, folded them in half twice lengthwise. It takes her like two seconds to fold a pair of pants. Whereas when I fold them in my “perfect” way, it takes like nine seconds. Nine seconds! For a pair of pants.

Now it may seem like I’m making a big deal about this seven second difference, but over time, it adds up. And it’s the principle really. Do I want to waste my time folding pants “perfectly” when there are way more important things I could spend my time on?

I’ve used this as a learning opportunity for me. Where else in my life do I strive for perfection when it isn’t necessary? Let me go ahead and answer that to drive my point home.

Loading the Dishwasher

I used to think there was a “right” or “perfect” way to load the dishwasher — an optimal way to load the dishes to fit the most in while also making sure each dish gets clean. But really? Dishes?! They get used, rinsed, loaded in the dishwasher, put back in the cupboard, just for that cycle to repeat. Over and over and over again.

These two areas have taught me to be mindful of how much time I spend on various tasks. I try to spend less time on less important things, and more time on what really matters.

2 thoughts on “3 Life Tips I Learned from My Wife

  1. Peter, sometimes our great ideas – are just wrong. I call them the ‘Oh, yeah!’ moments. like – “I’m doing XYZ to get ABC” and my wife just goes – “why don’t you do X” – ‘Oh, yeah!’

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