Belongings in my 20s vs belongings in my 30s

I have been pottering around the house today and noticed a life trend. As I moved from room to room I realised that my belongings no longer look like the belongings I had in my 20s. In today’s article I’ll take you through the key differences I have spotted between my things back then and now.

Before I get into listing the differences out, it’s probably worth explaining that I was, for a good part of my 20s, a stylish but broke student in a foreign country. In my 30s, I am a professional with an established career, reasonable income but much less pizzazz.

Cheap shoes

I still have some very inexpensive shoes on hand, mainly sandals, but my boots, trainers and heels are all either independent designers or higher price bracket high street. However, none of my shoes feel like cardboard on my feet anymore. Most will be just fine if they get wet and not a single pair smells like cheap rubber and chemicals – and I am really glad of that. I’m not the sort of a person to judge anyone by their footwear (I will compliment cute shoes though), but with my budget changing, so has my appetite for putting up with subpar footwear.

Takeaway containers

I have never been a big fan of takeaway food, but I was also so broke a decade ago that if I ever got any, the container would get a wash and serve as my packed lunch box for the next six months. Looking at what I keep my food in now, most of the containers are glass and the ones that are made of plastic are either decorative bento boxes or for specific purpose.

Poor quality soft furnishings

I honestly cannot stand hollowfibre duvet and cushion filling. Bedding made of anything non-natural gives me all the bad vibes you can imagine. So I no longer have a duvet which is non-breathable and in which filling tends to bunch up, my cushions don’t turn to a lumpy mess after 6 months of being leaned on and my blankets don’t give me electric shocks anymore. While I felt I needed to decorate my home somewhat nicely and make it seem cosy with things like cushions and throws in my 20s (but never had the budget), in my 30s I’m happy with the bare minimum of functional decor.


I don’t know whether this is because online statements were not a thing or this is how people are, but I vividly remember having a lot of paperwork of various sorts dotted around the house in my 20s. It would be everything from aforementioned banking statements and bills, through to whole chapters of books which I didn’t want to pay for, printed at the university library for a fraction of the cost. While I still have some paperwork now, it no longer jumps out at me from various nooks and crannies and I no longer feel the need to keep hold of hard copies of everything.


In my 20s I was really, really busy. This means that my love of plants had to be satisfied with succulents and cacti, because everything else kept dying on me. Now I’m still busy, but I’m also of the opinion that I can take a conference call while walking around my flat with a watering can. And I can’t seem to be able to keep any succulents alive bar one right now, so maybe we’re no longer a good match. Instead, I tend to prefer plants which require more frequent maintenance (mainly monsteras of various kinds) because I find pleasure in it and I make myself find time for my mini-jungle.

Pint glasses

If you live in the UK, you know.

In every broke-20-something’s house you will find a handful of pint glasses which resemble the set their local pub uses. They are used mainly because they are cheap, easy to come by and feel nice in most people’s hands. They will usually be paired with plates from Poundland and the mismatched cutlery. And while I love the utility of a pint glass – you don’t have to refill it every two sips – if I am already walking out of a bar with my drink in hand, I’m going for the cut glass highballs, thanks.

This list is not exhaustive and quite possibly by the time I am in my 40s I will see a pattern moving me away from my 30s too. Is there anything you have noticed that changed in your surroundings in the last 10 years?

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