Do you unplug your coffeemaker after you use it? Do you unplug your toaster once you’re done with it? What about your electric can opener—do you unplug it when it’s not in use?
I do all of those things.
And now I’m wondering if by doing so I’m giving in to OCD compulsions or just being careful.
Why am I wondering about this?
Larry has been drinking more coffee lately. We have a coffeemaker that heats up the water in the reservoir when the unit is plugged in and turned on. It’s a single-cup unit.
Larry tends to leave the unit turned on in case I want some coffee later.
I’ve been coming behind him and turning it off and unplugging it unless I want some coffee right away.
He’s fine with turning it off, but he sees no problem with leaving it plugged in between uses.
Then the other day at work, one of my co-workers brought in an extra single-cup coffeemaker just like mine. He doesn’t use it at home, so he’s sharing it with us at work.
I overheard a discussion among a few co-workers about whether or not to leave the unit on. One woman said she kept her home coffeemaker on. Another said he’d feel better with it turned off.
So I’ve been wondering.
I know this isn’t a big issue for most people.
But when OCD gets mixed up in a situation, it can seem like a big deal.
I think of small appliances that heat up as potential fire hazards, and I take the extra precaution of keeping them unplugged.
I know I think as much about this as I do because of OCD. Thinking like this probably doesn’t help my energy level.
With checking OCD, I check behind myself, sometimes multiple times, to make sure I’ve unplugged the coffeemaker. I even sometimes stare at the outlet to “make sure” it’s not plugged in.
Same goes for the toaster and the electric can opener.
I’ve always seen my actions as cautious but not overly so. OCD interferes and can cause a problem, but I have felt like the ultimate goal—unplugging the appliance—was necessary.
But I’m not even consistent. There are some things that I leave plugged in, like my bedside radio, most of my lamps and the microwave.
This is a time when I’d really like to view things from the perspective of someone who doesn’t have OCD. I don’t think it’s safe to leave things like coffeemakers turned on (I’m telling myself that’s not the OCD talking, but I could be fooling myself).
I’d like to know if I need to continue unplugging items or, more importantly, do I need to check after my husband and unplug items that he may have left plugged in?
What do you do in your home?