Signs You’re More High-Maintenance Than You Realize

If perfectly organized closets and fancy overpriced lattes fill you with inexplicable joy, you might just be more high-maintenance than you realize. Here are some silly and slightly extravagant quirks that make you fabulous – because who doesn’t love indulging in a little luxury now and then?

1. Your grocery list includes items that you can’t even pronounce.

Quinoa? Fine. But when you’re buying those unidentifiable artisanal grains with names like “freekeh,” you might be venturing into high-maintenance territory. Honestly, half the fun is trying to figure out how to actually cook the stuff when you get home.

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2. “Casual outfit” means something entirely different to you than it does to everyone else.

Your version of comfy involves a touch of cashmere, subtly designer shoes, and perfectly styled hair. Everyone else looks like they just rolled out of bed…and you secretly judge them a little. But hey, looking effortlessly chic takes effort, as Fashion Gone Rogue notes!

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3. You’ve perfected the art of the complaint-disguised-as-a-humblebrag.

“Ugh, I just don’t know what to do with all these frequent flier miles!” or “My closet is such a mess, I have way too many cute shoes” are your go-to phrases. Sometimes you can’t help but brag a little, and honestly, who could blame you?

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4. You’ve considered hiring someone to organize your pantry… and you’re mostly serious.

Perfectly labeled jars, color-coordinated snacks, and alphabetized spices? That’s your dream kitchen, and if someone else can achieve it, why not? Time is precious, and you’d rather spend yours sipping fancy lattes than sorting through bags of rice.

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5. Your idea of a relaxing vacation involves a five-star hotel and absolutely zero roughing it.

happy couple kissing on cheek on beach

Camping? Hostels? No way. You need room service, plush robes, and someone else to make your bed every morning. A little pampering never hurt anyone, right? Besides, you work hard, you deserve to relax in style!

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6. You can’t remember the last time you ordered something off the regular menu.

Portrait of a woman at a restaurant reading the menu - food and drink concepts

Substitutions, special requests, and allergies you didn’t even know you had…your restaurant orders would make any waiter groan. But hey, you know what you like, and you’re not about to compromise on your perfect meal for the sake of convenience.

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7. You secretly look down on people who don’t know the difference between types of wine.


Pinot Grigio? Please. You only drink an obscure Sauvignon Blanc from a tiny vineyard in France. It’s about education, not snobbery…right? Maybe you need to introduce your friends to some better bottles, for their own good, of course.

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8. You have at least a few items in your closet with the tags still on.

They were impulse buys, pieces you were sure would become your favorite outfit… and now they just sit there mocking you. Maybe someday you’ll find the perfect occasion. Or, you’ll finally accept that the sparkly neon dress was a bit of a fashion mishap.

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9. The inside of your handbag looks like a mini Sephora.

Lipstick, blotting papers, three types of hand creams, perfume, and enough makeup to redo your entire face…just in case of emergency. You never know when you might need a touch-up! Plus, a fully stocked handbag makes you feel like you can handle anything.

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10. You wouldn’t be caught dead without a manicure or pedicure.

Chipped polish is a fate worse than death. Your nail technician knows your usual order by heart, and you probably tip her better than some of your friends. Besides, perfectly manicured nails make you feel put together, even when the rest of your life is a whirlwind.

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11. You’ve considered getting eyelash extensions, even though you know they’re totally over-the-top.

The promise of perfect lashes 24/7 is undeniably tempting. It would save so much time in the morning, and wasn’t that the whole point of being high-maintenance? Honestly, you’re only slightly afraid of looking like a cartoon character.

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12. “Budgeting” is a foreign concept that you’re vaguely aware other people do.

Sure, you have a general idea of your income, but the spending part is where things get fuzzy. Honestly, swiping that credit card feels so much better than stressing about spreadsheets. Besides, a little retail therapy is the perfect antidote to a stressful day.

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13. You’re the friend everyone calls for fashion emergencies and beauty advice.

Two women, sitting outdoors in pub, two girlfriends using smart phone together.

You’re like a walking Vogue encyclopedia. You can identify a designer bag at 50 paces AND flawlessly apply winged eyeliner. Your friends rely on you to save them from disastrous outfits and makeup mishaps. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

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14. You own a ridiculous amount of athleisure wear … but rarely actually work out in it.

redhead woman out running looking determined

Those matching yoga sets look so cute in the store! Plus, you might get motivated to exercise eventually. In the meantime, they make for super comfy errands-running attire. Who says you can’t be fashionable while picking up a latte?

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15. Your idea of “treating yourself” gets a little extravagant sometimes.

Retail therapy isn’t just a buzzword for you; it’s a lifestyle — and it truly does feel therapeutic, as Forbes points out. Bad day? New shoes fix everything. Celebrating something? Time for that spa package you’ve been eyeing. You only live once, right?

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16. There’s always a tiny bit of guilt when you indulge in your high-maintenance habits.

Deep down, a voice whispers that you could save money or be less picky. But hey, life’s short! Might as well enjoy the finer things (even if they’re a bit extra). And honestly, you wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Sinitta Weston grew up in Edinburgh but moved to Sydney, Australia to for college and never came back. She works as a chemical engineer during the day and at night, she writes articles about love and relationships. She's her friends' go-to for dating advice (though she struggles to take the same advice herself). Her INFJ personality makes her extra sensitive to others' feelings and this allows her to help people through tough times with ease. Hopefully, her articles can do that for you.