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.
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
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
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
One of my dreams in life is to have a fridge solely stocked with drinks organized by size and color. Seriously.
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.
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
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
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
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
They just feel so inviting, you know?
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
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?
Has anything suddenly become satisfying to you as you’ve grown older?
— a twenty something