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17 Dec, 2020

Are you a finisher, or an opener?

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Are you a finisher, or an opener? There’s an older post about this idea on Gretchen Rubin’s blog here.

Do you get more pleasure out of starting a new jar of peanut butter, or finishing one?

When I first saw this idea I couldn’t believe I hadn’t ever thought about myself this way before. I am a finisher, through and through. Dare I say there is joy, not to mention a weird sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing something (although, really, is simply finishing something really an achievement??) I will use a small spatula to scrape out the insides of a jar of mayonnaise. I will tip a shampoo bottle on its end and make use of the dregs for weeks. I will take a sad head of broccoli from the back of the crisper and make soup out of it. I squeeze the life out of a toothpaste tube before declaring it empty and throwing it away. It is SO SATISFYING, to be a finisher, although I admit, it also can be a burden at times. Perhaps it has something to do with wastage, which I cannot abide.

Strangely, I like to see an empty fridge. It means that leftovers have been eaten and it’s time to restock.

Lately I have sustained a lot of happiness from using up bottles and samples and jars of half-used hair/body/beauty products. My bathroom drawer, makeup bag, and that one cluttered shelf in my closet are gradually becoming tidier. And that’s a good feeling.


1 Response to "Are you a finisher, or an opener?"

1 | valiasi

January 21st, 2021 at 4:20 am


So hard to say. Yet, knowing your tendency for either opening or finishing can help you understand what habits you need to work against and what parts of yourself you can embrace.

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