Are you high maintenance? Here’s the test!

It’s okay to be a little high maintenance but if you’re finding yourself getting too wrapped up in beauty and material things you may want to take a step back and practice simplicity in your life.

Here’s a simple check list to see where you are on the high maintenance spectrum. Simply add up all of the things you do or relate to and see your score at the bottom.

  • bi-weekly nail appointments
  • gel nails
  • monthly lash extensions
  • 2 week lash touch ups
  • dining out more than meals at home
  • bi-weekly wax appointments
  • buying bling once every month or two
  • more then one visit to the hair salon every month
  • purchasing a daily coffee beverage
  • you sport a fake tan at all times or you spend too much time bathing in the sun
  • can’t leave the house without makeup
  • new clothes makes you feel better
  • you go into Sephora to browse and always leave with over $60 worth of products
  • only brand name or designer labels for purses, clothes or accessories
  • you constantly check in the mirror
  • your selfie game is strong and you post more of you then anything else on social media
  • change outfits several times a day
  • need a present bought for you to feel loved
  • only bottled water not tap
  • 4 or 5 star hotels only
  • have a need to get the newest gadget or device (Fitbit, Iphone, etc.)
  • will not shop second hand for clothes
  • you love and thrive being the centre of attention
  • you will purchase only the cutest clothes for your kids from well recognized online shops
  • you love posting #ootd pictures
  • you justify purchasing something with “it was on sale”
  • you love to online shop everything and anything
  • you’d rather purchase a book then go to the library
  • only the best and most recommended shampoos, conditioners and hair serums are in your shower
  • your car is your “baby”, your pride and joy
  • you change your vehicle every two-three years
  • your child has a large selection of toys at all times
  • you spend small stuff without thinking or without a budget
  • you purchase larger items without checking with your spouse
  • you brag about your latest run or exercise you did
  • you take pictures while working out


1-2 things: Not bad, but could always improve! Practice simplicity by taking a break from those high maintenance things for even just a month! You’d be surprised at how good you feel and what you learn about yourself.

3-5 things: Not horrible, but you’re getting to the point where you can start justifying these high maintenance patterns. You may start thinking “but I have the money to treat myself”, “my partner approves of these habits” or “I know people who are way worse then me”. Take a step back, cut a few things and return to simplicity.

6-10 things or more: These high maintenance tendencies have started off with just little things you did for yourself, but have quickly become an addiction and a habit in your life. You may find that your looks and your self worth are defined by material things and your bank account has more spending then saving. You need to evaluate your situation and ask yourself what your priorities in life are. Who is looking up to you right now? Do you want them to know you as being a high maintenance spouse, mom/dad, sister/brother or friend? What is God asking of you?


2 thoughts on “Are you high maintenance? Here’s the test!

  1. Sara Ghaffari says:

    I don’t feel tests like this make the world a more loving place. For some, simplicity as you define it, is a luxury. Some women may have bi-weekly wax appointments because they have POS and would otherwise have a beard, and if they choose not to rock a beard, why are we judging them? Some women want lash work done because they’ve rubbed away all their natural lashes due to bad allergies. Some people need those daily coffee purchases because it’s the one little part of the day where they get to do a little self-lovin’ because the rest of the day they are working for others (my mother spends twelve hours a day helping those struggling with chronic pain and addiction. She is exhausted when she comes home, and every morning she purchases herself a Starbuck’s coffee on her way to work because it’s her one little routine that makes her happy). I worry about sharing these kinds of lists, as they are short-sighted and reduce people to their behaviors (not actions with intentions). Thinking of others in terms of high maintenance does not spread love, care, and understanding for others and perhaps the secret hidden struggles they face. Those books you buy can become future gifts, you know? I feel we should stop judging others for how they choose to live their lives so long as their lives are not a harm or burden on others. You are not automatically a kinder person or more “care free” or easy to deal with because you forego a dinner out, or wash your hair with generic soap. You might still be a nasty person in second-hand clothes. I think it goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” not “Don’t judge a book by its cover, so long as its a library book.”


    • josephinecaitlinadams says:

      Great insight! Thanks for leaving your thoughts. I do think everything in moderation. The point of this list was to just get readers to stop and think of their motives and if they think personally there needs to be changes with their spending and lifestyle.

      All the best ๐Ÿ™‚


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