We all know the feeling. That terrifying panic that sometimes hits mid holiday: “Have I left the stove on”. On the outside, you play it cool, but on the inside, you are screaming like Kate McCallister in Home Alone.
Instead of visualising your son rigging booby-traps and beating down intruders, you’re imagining walls of flames engulfing your home and belongings. You mentally scroll through your contact list, all while you wish you had been kinder to your neighbour when he blew his leaves over your fence that one time. You finally settle on the fact that if your house had burnt down, you would have been notified. Right? You sip your cocktail and relax for a moment. And then it creeps back in.
It is one of life’s many annoyances that try as we might we cannot avoid. No matter how organised or diligent, there will always be those rushed departures that leave us wondering.
Never fear, we have the solution. While it might not be the definitive answer to this niggling issue, it makes for good practice when leaving the house for extended periods of time. It's quite simple. Just take a photo of your stove top before walking out the door.
It might sound silly, however, making this a pre-holiday habit means the answer to your “have I or have I not” dilemma is right there on your phone. Reassurance is just a click away!
While you’re at it, why not take a quick snap of every room in the house? Unless you live in a castle, this should take no more than a couple of minutes and could help with a bunch of inner-worries that sometimes dampen your holiday vibe. The process itself can also act as a prompt to switch off appliances and put unnecessary items away.
Free to spend your holiday relaxing!