I just turned 28, checking into the same age range as the grown-ups I looked up to as a kid. It's painfully clear to me now that "adults" don't really exist. They're just kids who've gotten bigger and started paying taxes. But while I definitely feel like I'm playing pretend at this whole grown-up thing, there are certain milestones I've passed in building a home that make me feel like I'm tiptoeing into adulthood.
Here are some telltale signs you might be a grown-up:
Buying a piece of real art. Not a print from IKEA or a poster from the mall. Something one-of-a-kind you paid an artist to paint, design or photograph.
Investing in a mattress. Deciding consciously to part with more money than you're comfortable with to ensure you sleep well for many years.
Hiring a cleaning service. Whether they come twice a week or twice a year, professional housekeeping help is something that makes you feel like you've made it.
Acquiring a family heirloom. Unlike the hand-me-down sofa you were given to outfit your college apartment, this piece is a treasure and something you specifically sought out (and maybe fought a few cousins over) for its connection to your history.
Getting excited over appliances. Lusting after a Dyson vacuum or a Miele range is like your first crush on silver fox George Clooney. So this is what being grown-up feels like!
How about you? What milestones make you feel like you're finally (almost) an adult?
Image from Matilde & Gustavo's Arts District Apartment.