Being a functioning, mature adult person has many unexpected challenges. Did you know how expensive mattresses are? Did you know that sometimes your dryer won’t dry things? Did you know that a pot of water boiling over can damage your stove top? Adulting is hard, guys. I don’t know about you but I get a bit tense when household chores don’t go as planned. I get a wee bit angry and have been known break a few kitchen tools that have displeased me. I knew I needed a solution to making this whole independence thing calmer. That’s when I queued up my audio books.
A friend from the suburbs recently told me that Atlanta traffic has brought out a temper she never knew she had. Traffic was setting up her up for a bad morning and a bad evening and a solution was very much needed. Her traffic frustration reminded me of my own grumpy hours of learning to be a better cook, getting to know my new apartment and it quirks, and managing a gorgeous Camden apartment home that was completely my own for the first time. I asked her how on earth she solved this problem. She responded “Oh, podcasts!”
I love to read and I love to discuss interesting topics with people who are smarter than me. I’ve listened to audio books before on long road trips but never for day to day monotonous activities like laundry or vacuuming. It felt like such a simple solution! It’s like putting a dog’s medicine in the middle of some delicious food. If I distract myself with an interesting audio book or podcast my household chores become a pleasant afternoon of reading!
It turns out my friend and I are not the only ones doing this. The popular audio book website and app, Audible (a subsidiary of Amazon), is exploding. CNBC reports that Audible users listen to 1.6 billion hours of Audiobooks in 2016 and American's spent 2.1 billion dollars on audio books in the same year. Publisher’s Weekly credits millennial's for this bump. They wrote that the millennial generation has a “sleep when you’re dead mindset,” and that it’s common for millennial's to “find downtime distasteful and feel anxious around idleness.”
At this point, I’ve been implementing my listening while adulting strategy for about one year. I listen to a podcast or audio book while I cook, clean, fold laundry, walking from errand to errand and, like my friend, in traffic. There are not enough adjectives to explain how much cleaner my Camden apartment home is. It is startling the way my housekeeping has finally caught up to my beautiful community. I find myself wanting to vacuum or scrub the bathtub because I want to know what happens next in my audio book! My cooking has improved too. With my audio book keeping me at ease, I’m more patient with new cooking techniques and less restless when my meals need to bake or cool or boil. I am so grateful for these stories and authors who have made my experience as a first time apartment dweller more pleasant. So don’t hesitate! Whether it's dishes, laundry, mowing the lawn, making dinner or sitting in traffic, having a story to fill the time will make all the difference.
Audio Books that I’ve Enjoyed:
Podcasts that I’ve Enjoyed:
“Radio Lab” On the Apple Podcast app, each episode takes on a hard moral, ethical, scientific, legal or pop culture event and dissects the story allowing you to draw your own conclusions and sparking deep thought
“Pantsuit Politics” On Spotify, A podcast hosted by two women with very different political views talking about how current events affect women
“Anna Faris is Unqualified” On Spotify, hilarious and gorgeous actress Anna Faris (Scary Movie, The House Bunny, the new Overboard remake” talks to real people about relationship issues based on her life and experiences.