I got into this habit of leaving my pajama pants (I guess they're more like lounge pants) on our bed every morning after I would get dressed for the day. After a while I started to notice that every day they ended up folded and put away in a drawer. I finally realized (because it can take me a while) that my wife preferred my pants in the drawer, and not thrown on the bed. I'm quick, I know.
But then I started thinking: She probably gets irritated with putting these away every day, but she isn't saying anything because she's telling herself that this is just "a little thing." I decided that whether or not she was actually bothered, I knew I would be if the situation was reversed, and so I decided to start folding them and putting them away myself.
She's never said anything about it, and it might not have even bothered her at all, but little things can turn into big things over time, and I didn't want my wife feeling angry and guilty for feeling angry over a pair of my old sweats.
We all have those "little things" we do that we know our wives don't like. So today, ask yourself: What's one thing I do that I know my wife wishes I didn't? Don't do it to get recognition from her; do it because this is just a small way you can help your wife love and appreciate you more.
Some random ideas that came to mind:
- Leaving your laundry out
- Too much time with the computer or video games
- Those awful, predictable jokes you always make in front of guests
- Letting the kids do what she doesn't want them to
- Being too open with your scratching, burping and farting
- Forgetting to hang up your towel