These Hilarious Post-It Notes Nail the Struggles of Adulthood

May 20th 2016

Lucy Tiven

Young adult life is a battlefield — when you aren't trying to squeeze one last Uber ride out of your paycheck, you're struggling to keep a house plant alive, or fighting off guilt trips from gym personnel.

London based architect-turned Instagram artist Chaz Hutton used Post-it notes to capture the challenges of adulthood in clever stick figure drawings. His all-too-relatable illustrations are sure to strike a cord with anyone who has ever felt like they aren't equipped for the world of grown-ups.

Here are seven everyday struggles Hutton has brought to life on his Instagram.

1. The elusive quest for a good night's sleep.


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As ATTN: has previously reported, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has called insufficient sleep a "public health epidemic." While the CDC recommends seven to eight hours of sleep per night, a 2013 Gallup poll reported that 40 percent of Americans got less than seven hours of shut-eye a night.

2. Living strapped for cash.


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Many of today's young adults face great financial stress due to low incomes, student loan payments, and bleak employment prospects. Surveys have also revealed that Millennials are incredibly distrustful of financial institutions, which may contribute to their savings habits (or lack thereof).

Still, a 2014 Bloomberg report revealed that some young adults are opening up savings accounts. "The percentage of 18- to 34-year-olds who saved at least 5 percent of their income increased to 56 percent from 50 percent in 2014," Bloomberg reporter Suzanne Woolley wrote.

3. Domesticity ain't easy.


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Plants and furniture often create more problems than they solve. Luckily, minimalist decor never goes out of style.


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4. Winter break isn't actually a vacation.


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As ATTN: has previously reported, the United States is the only developed country in which employers aren't required to provide employees with vacation days. A 2014 survey of over 2,000 workers conducted by Glassdoor found that a mere 51 percent of employees used paid time off, and that 61 percent of those who took vacation days continued to work off the clock.

Going home for the holidays can also be stressful, particularly when it comes to navigating relationships with parents and other family members.

"Parents would really be thrilled if, when you came home and wanted to be treated like an adult, you were an adult," Jane Isay, who authored the book,"Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Parents" told ATTN:. "So don’t come home expecting to be treated like an adult with a great big bag of dirty laundry for your mom to do."

5. Nothing is as it seems — particularly when it comes to real estate.


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As ATTN: has previously reported, there is no U.S. state where a minimum wage employee can reasonably afford a one bedroom apartment working full time hours. The cost of living in many U.S. cities is so astronomical that many people end up settling for unsafe or undesirable housing options because it is simply all they can afford or find.

6. Working out never seems to work out.


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You tell yourself you've found other ways to "stay active."


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7. The vicious cycle.


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Poor financial choices can also feed into other "bad habits" — like weekend binge drinking and eating junk food.

A Plus reported:

"Millennials are the generation most likely to drink when they're stressed and for good reason. In the American Psychological Association's 2015 Stress in America survey, millennials reported a stress level of 5.5, well above the average stress level of 4.9 and higher than any other generation.

"While not every millennial uses alcohol as a stress reliever, 25 percent of those with high money stress do. Maybe that's why Trader Joe's has sold more than 800 million bottles of 'Two-Buck Chuck' since 2002."

How he got the idea.

"They started as just a thing I'd send to friends on a group chat, then after a few months those friends convinced me to start an Instagram, which I assured them was a terrible idea, and that nothing would come of it," the artist told Business Insider in an email.

Hutton's illustrations proved so popular that he left his job as an architect, and will be releasing a book of his work, "A Sticky Note Guide to Life," in November.

You can see more of his work on his Instagram.

[h/t Business Insider]