31 May 2012
I like things.
Sometimes, that makes me feel materialistic. The thing is, there’s a difference between being materialistic and finding value in very particular ‘upgrades’. Upgrades to things I interact with on a day-to-day basis. Upgrades that I perceive as improving my life, and others perceive as frivolous nonsense that burns money like a bit of fire.
A good example would be my Breville Tea Maker. A few months back I sprinted over to the mall late one evening, the same day I found out such a thing existed. The Tea Maker improved upon a small process in my day-to-day that I wasn’t happy with: brewing [good, loose leaf] tea. I’m not a big coffee drinker before I leave the house in the morning, that’s tea’s domain in my day, and for a long time I’ve envied the plethora of streamlined processes that have long been available to consumers who want delicious cups of stimulant brewed before they’re out of the sheets in the morning. As it turns out, tea is a bit harder to automate given the steeping process, so Breville solved it and I ate it right up. No regrets, despite the price tag.
Another – the other day, I made a trip to the closest Home Depot and picked up about 18 of these bad boys. Their purpose? Stop cabinet door slamming with a fantastically ingenious little mechanism attached to existing hinges. They’re pricey, but I still remember the utter joy I felt the first time I experienced one of these things in a family friend’s newly renovated kitchen. Let go of the door when the hinge picks it up, and watch it ease its way shut. The same sort of thing exists for toilet seats, and I want one of those next. I rent an apartment, and I’m uninstalling all of these and bringing them with me next time I move. Again, utterly smitten with this refinement.
I could go on and on, and so could Ben Brooks at The Books Review – who, in this short post, I’m agreeing with the sentiments of in the fullest sense possible.
“What I have found is that by doing this I am incrementally making my life more enjoyable each and everyday. It really is the little things that count, because if you improve enough of the little things (and the big things don’t suck) then pretty soon you are going to have a lot of great things going for you and thus you will be happier.”