We all have something that we might do subconsciously that irritate other people, and vice versa. These are called pet peeves. It may not be easy to have everyone stop doing things that irritate. However, there are a few things you can do to maintain your peace of mind.

Here are some common pet peeves and how to deal with them.

Kitchen snooping

One's home is their castle, and in that castle, the heart is the kitchen. Visitors, friends or relatives who come snooping through your fridge, cabinets and drawers may not be your cup of tea.

Asking them point blank "Can I help you find something in MY kitchen?" will probably make them feel weird and see that you are not okay with what they are doing.


Unless it's an unexpected circumstance, no one appreciates lateness. This can spoil moods and/or cause problems between parties. To deal with this, inform the other party of the meeting days or hours before the meeting so that they have enough time to prepare themselves.  


Having someone breathing down your neck every time you are doing something is considered, by most, annoying if not uncomfortable.

Building trust with the person is one way to deal with a micromanager. Showing good quality of work whether being watched or  not, will take them off your back.

Also, try to understand the perspective of the person micromanaging you through open communication.

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Overstaying visitors


Visitors who practically move into your house after inviting them for a one-weekend hangout can probably be an inconvenience at some point, especially when the guests are your relatives.

As much as talking to them about leaving can be uncomfortable and a bit scary, it's best to have a civil and mature talk to them.

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Loud chewing


Loud chewing is unpleasant to the ears and out rightly rude. Some people deal with this irritating habit by avoiding the loud chewer. Alternatively, just focus on your eating. Subconsciously, you will tune out other noises around and eat in peace.

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Final thoughts...

Because we are all different, one thing that will irritate one person might not irritate the other, as much as it's true, we still need to be considerate of each other. We interact daily and it wouldn't be so bad not to get on each other's nerves.

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