12 everyday things that become super satisfying once you’re in your twenties

a stocked and organized refrigerator

It’s weird.

One day I just woke up and suddenly had the urge to vacuum my whole carpet for the first time in my life. I mean once you grow up it is seriously strange what little, seemingly boring, things can make you happy. Things such as having a clean and organized living space or getting a good bang for your buck on grocery store items. (Hell yeah.)

It was like I turned 22 and finally started to understand that oh so super exciting coupon clipping show from Lifetime or TLC or whatever it was.  

But really I started thinking about all the weird little things that begin to be satisfying in your 20s when I completely finished a carton of yogurt before it went bad. I know this doesn’t sound that groundbreaking – but throughout my entire time in College I was so bad about finishing food products completely before they needed to be thrown out.

I would go to the fridge one morning and have to do full cleanses. I would have to toss the block of cheese with mold, or the squishy apples on the counter, or a half full container of turkey that I hadn’t gotten to. I know – this is really bad and I regret it but I’m much better about it now, I promise. 

Related: 12 Simple Healthy Habits to Pick Up in Your Twenties

It wasn’t until I hit my twenties and started to really figure out what foods I would most likely consume on a regular basis that I realized just how satisfying it was to completely use up a product.

Which leads me to this list.

Once I finished my yogurt I started to think about what else I could finish up. I would make full meals using the ingredients in my fridge that needed to be consumed. And I cannot tell you just how satisfying it was to make good meals out of the food that needed to be used.

And once I realized this weird little thing was so satisfying I started to think about all the other weird little things that were suddenly so satisfying now that I’m in my twenties.

So what are those things you ask?

Let’s take a look.

1. Completely finishing an item and getting rid of the empty carton


Like shampoo for example. I just feel like I really got my money’s worth. And then I can also throw something away, declutter a little, and not feel guilty about it.

2. Eating an avocado before it goes bad

weirdly satisfying things

If you’ve ever purchased an avocado, waited a few days to eat it because it wasn’t ripe enough, then gone back to eat it only to find it’s a brown mushy pit of despair – I feel your pain. I feel like in the last couple of years I’ve really mastered the art of eating an avocado at the exact right moment.

3. A vacuumed rug

round robot vacuum

I never realized just how much this could transform a room. You could have a completely cluttered desk or dresser, but if your carpet is vacuumed it appears like you have your life in order.

4. An organized/stocked refrigerator

a stocked and organized refrigerator

One of my dreams in life is to have a fridge solely stocked with drinks organized by size and color. Seriously.

5. Candles


Yankee Candle? I used to question that places existence and now it’s basically my second home. A lit candle, along with your newly vacuumed rug? Life changing.

And while we’re on the topic: perfectly burning a candle so that the wax doesn’t rise up on the sides and sink in the middle? Amazing.

6. Minimalism

chair and desk

Marie Kondo’s impact. I watched one episode of her show on Netflix and immediately wanted to throw out everything I own.

7. A good mattress

A good mattress

Do kids just not feel back pain? That’s crazy. I don’t remember exactly when it happened but one morning I woke up and thought – omg I need a better mattress. And then immediately after I thought – omg I’m getting old.

8. Keeping your email inbox at 0

Oddly satisfying things for people in their twenties

Now to be honest, I’m just imagining that this one would be really satisfying. I’m super bad about email maintenance and right now I have over 2,000 unread emails. But it causes me a lot of stress so I can only imagine how great it would be to …. not have them.

9. Having 0 dirty dishes in the sink

clean sink

Just one single dirty fork fills me with rage. (It might be a problem). Apologies to my mother for years of not understanding the power of a clean sink.

10. Homes with open floor plans

things you suddenly like when you are in your twenties

They just feel so inviting, you know?

11. HGTV

Why twenty somethings like HGTV

I could marathon Beachfront Bargain Hunt or House Hunters for hours and not get bored. A little sad about my life maybe. But never bored.

12. House Plants

Oddly satisfying things for people in their twenties

Just a little splash of life and happiness to add to your home. I only wish I could take care of them… a little better.

So there you have it!

It’s so weird how priorities and interests change as we get older. One day we don’t even know what a vacuum is and the next it’s our Holy Grail. A clean kitchen? Sign me up. Organized sock drawer – heck yeah. Keeping a house plant alive? Truly incredible. 


What little things do you find oddly satisfying?

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Has anything suddenly become satisfying to you as you’ve grown older?


— a twenty something


8 thoughts on “12 everyday things that become super satisfying once you’re in your twenties

  1. Such a good post! The mattress point – how the heck did we survive college dorm beds? If I slept on one today I’d have to go to physical therapy for a month to recover.

    I’ve really gotten into organizing the dishwasher; for some reason it now pains me if it’s messy.


    1. hahaha actually though. I had to sleep on the top bunk of a bunk bed my first year in college and I honestly don’t know how I got through it.

      Also organizing the dishwasher is a good one! I definitely can only put certain dishes in certain places lol

      Thank you for your comment! 🙂


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