The research also revealed the top 50 signs of middle age, which include being happy to spend money on carpets rather than clothes, and finally ditching the flatpack furniture in favour of something a little more up-market. Just over four in 10 adults say they have become more and more concerned about the upkeep of their property and its contents as they have got older. A spokesperson at Robert Welch, kitchen, dining and homeware designer, which commissioned the research, said: “Being middle aged is an era to celebrate and for many it is simply a time in our lives when we finally know who we are, and what we want out of life. “This age group is an exciting one – people start to take a more sensible approach to life, whether that’s with their own health and fitness, looking after their home, or those around them.”
1. You start to notice people at work aren’t ‘your age’, and could potentially be your children.
2. You suffer fools less than you did previously.
3. You start checking your face and body for grey hairs and wrinkles.
4. You visit the opticians after realising you perhaps do need glasses after all.
5. You realise you’re older than most of the authors, actors and musicians you like.
6. You start considering a cruise holiday.
7. Being happy to spend big money on things you know will last, like a garden fence or new flooring in your home.
8. You accept you’re now a dress size bigger and there is nothing you can do about it.
9. You love scouring the home and garden stores.
10. You feel you know more about politics than ever before.
11. You know exactly what you like to listen to on the radio, and won’t tolerate ‘new bands’.
12. You book more holidays a year than ever before after realising life is too short.
13. You’d rather spend money on home décor than anything else.
14. Joining a gym to fight middle-aged spread.
15. Spending money on changing the carpets becomes more important than spending money on clothes.
16. At work you care less about speaking your mind and exerting your authority.
17. When you leave the house you are super prepared for every eventuality.
18. You take a vested interest in plants names and growing your own vegetables.
19. You spend more on good food than opting for cheaper own-brands.
20. You store all your energy for a big night out on the weekend, because you can’t handle it in the week.
21. Being conflicted about whether to try and dress to match modern trends, or in what just feels comfortable.
22. You ask for homewares for your birthday/Christmas.
23. Accepting that the ‘speed awareness course’ is better than three points on your licence.
24. You know exactly what takeaways / dinner you like, and order the same every time.
25. You convince yourself the finer things in life are worth the investment.
26. You start planning major renovations to the home.
27. Your fridge is packed with good healthy vegetables.
28. You suddenly change your hair colour / get a new cut to create a ‘new you’.
29. You know what wine accompanies which foods.
30. You try to get on with your children’s friends and ‘be cool’ in front of them.
31. You are obsessed with matching soft furnishings such as cushions.
32. You start getting hangovers all over again.
33. You invest in better quality pots and pans to upgrade your cooking experience.
34. You invest in a new motor - sports car or some impressive motor home.
35. You’d only go to a festival if you were ‘glamping’.
36. You take up cycling / crossfit in a bid to get fit all over again.
37. You suddenly start shopping in the butchers and green grocers.
38. You start getting advice on what to wear from younger colleagues.
39. You start investing in Botox or eyelash extensions to detract attention from the lines on your face.
40. You decide to go back to school / train in something new to prove you're not too old to 'learn'.
41. You know the names of different crockery ranges.
42. You suddenly start hosting loads of dinner parties.
43. You revisit your old haunts such as nightclubs and late night bars.
44. You start drinking smoothies and cutting out bread, pizza and cakes.
45. You start living your life on Facebook, documenting every event.
46. You won’t eat with a knife and fork set that don’t match.
47. You decide it’s time to get rid of all your flat pack furniture.
48. You buy expensive cutlery or dinnerware in a bid to one-up your peers.
49. You enter a sportive / race / event you would have entered some 20 years ago, to show you still can
50. Making more of an effort to go out clubbing before you properly get ‘too old’.