Few things beat coming home after a long day at work. You get to come back to home base and unwind at your pace. However, we’re all different so what is relaxing for one person may be a chore to someone else. Recently, commenters shared in an online discussion small things they do once they get home. Here are 11 of their top selections.
1. Change Into Comfy Clothes
Whether it’s men changing into sweatpants and a t-shirt or women simply taking off their bras and changing into pajamas, comfy clothes are a rite of passage for countless people coming home. (You deserve bonus points if you successfully put all of your worn clothes in the hamper and not on the floor.)
2. Say Hi to Their Pets
When you live with furry friends, saying hello to them takes priority as soon as you walk through the front door. “I do as the trainer taught and ignore the dogs if they try to jump up on me and just stare straight ahead and walk forward, ignoring them while I put my bag down and coat away, making sure I don’t give them positive reinforcement of this behavior,” one man admits.
“Just kidding, I run up to those guys and excitedly hug them as they tackle me to the floor and roll around while they lick my face off. It’s amazing.”
3. Turn on the TV
Turning on the TV can be a fantastic way to ditch what happened in the office to taking your mind elsewhere. Sure, you may have other pressing items to take care of like starting dinner, or caring for your pets, but the TV can be a good way to mindlessly wind into the evening.
If you’ve been away from your phone much of the day, the news is a good choice. However, if the day has been one stressful moment after another, something mindless is always a excellent selection.
4. Try To Put Their Keys in the Correct Place
The goal of any person coming back home is to leave their keys in a place where they can be easily found when needed again! Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t go according to plan. “I have exactly three places where I allow myself to put down my keys,” confesses one woman. “Yet this morning, I spent 20 minutes looking for them.”
5. Take a Big Sigh of Relief
When every day is a struggle, the feeling of walking through your front door can only be accompanied by a giant sigh. “I literally, as in literally, breathe a sigh of relief and mutter something like, ‘Oh, thank God, I made it,'” reveals one man. “On working days, anyway.”
6. Take Off Their Shoes
Keeping your shoes on in the house is a big no-no for many people, which is why taking off shoes is the first thing when they get home.
As for me, I don’t only take off my shoes, but I place them in a giant basket that my significant other bought for me so I wouldn’t leave them sprawled across the living room.
7. Open the Refrigerator
While this phenomenon is primarily found in men, some women confess to scouring the fridge upon arrival. Interestingly, many people admit to opening the refrigerator out of habit, even if they’re not hungry!
8. Use the Bathroom
Countless people confess they prefer to use their home toilets when nature calls. Unfortunately, this means that they often nearly burst at the seams by the end of a workday, leading to a mad dash to their bathroom as soon as they walk through the door. (For the record, these people are insane. Just use the bathroom at work, folks!)
9. Wash Their Hands
The Covid-19 pandemic has long-lasting effects on the general population, and one of the most significant differences between pre-2020 and today is that more people wash their hands as soon as they come home.
Although it’s arguably a habit that isn’t necessary today, it’s nevertheless an easy way to keep yourself clean from any bacteria and germs that may have amassed on your hands.
10. Announce Their Arrival Loudly
Curiously, many people confess — whether they live alone or not — that they loudly announce their arrival. Some chalk it up to a (hilarious) bad habit that they picked up on early and life, while others admit it’s a way for their pets to get overly excited about their return home.
I must admit, it’s not the worst way to walk through the front door.
11. Water Their Houseplants
Just like fur babies, people with plant babies look forward to coming home and giving them some love.
After walking in the door and putting their things down, some houseplant lovers pick up the watering can and lovingly tend to their plants.
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