37 Discoveries Under $25 on Amazon That Make Grown-Up Life So Much Easier
20 November 2019
You're an adult now, so isn't it time that you finally got your life together? If you're wondering where to start, look no further: I've compiled 37 of my favorite products that helped me feel like I had finally grown up and was no longer the scared, clueless child that had no idea how to do my taxes or how often I should replace my Brita filter.
Plus, every single one of these products happens to be under $25 bucks. Sound too good to be true? Keep scrolling to discover your new favorite things.
(To be honest, I still don't know how to do my taxes.)
via: AmazonPart of being an adult is doing things that you don't want to do. One thing I don't want to do pretty much every night? Take off my makeup before going to bed. For some reason, it feels almost impossible to hoist myself out of bed and scrub my face clean. This magical face towel removed even the most stubborn makeup with only water.
via: AmazonThink tea can't be exciting? Think again. This ingenious little teapot not only brews your favorite tea to hot, steamy perfection, but it also dispenses it directly into a mug. Okay, so it still isn't very exciting. But it's definitely convenient, and as a grown-up adult, convenience is everything. This thing was made for camping, traveling, or even everyday tea enjoyment.
via: AmazonIf you're looking for a product that has roughly an infinite amount of uses, get yourself a set of these silicone storage bags. Not only are they made of 100% silicone, making them virtually indestructible, but they're also great for storing leftovers, boiling fruits, vegetables and meats, and even serve as perfectly sized toiletry bags for travel. Trust me, you're going to want a lot of these things.
via: AmazonIn an effort to start eating healthier, I've been making it a point to buy a variety of fruits and vegetables, so I have something in the house besides junk food at all times. The only problem with this is that it tends to rot and get moldy surprisingly quickly, and I often throw out more than I end up eating. These green bags keep my produce fresh, so I waste less and eat better.
via: AmazonRaise your hand if your skin has been looking less than amazing lately. I know mine has been. In fact, ever since I turned 30, I've noticed all sorts of new issues cropping up, from new zits to dryness to annoying little wrinkles that seem to multiply every week. This jade roller may look a tad strange but it works wonders.
via: AmazonHow frustrating is it when you do a load of laundry only to notice that your favorite white shirt is suddenly a garish shade of hot pink all because you accidentally washed it with a red sweater? Stop ruining your outfits with these color-catching sheets. Simply throw one in with a load and you'll never have to worry about laundry mishaps again!
via: AmazonI would not consider myself to be a "good driver." In fact, I'm a fairly horrible driver. I'm especially awful at parallel parking, and never even attempt it if I don't think my car will fit. Luckily, these blind spot mirrors exist. They make me feel about a million times safer on the road, and I finally feel confident enough to park wherever I want.
via: AmazonIf composting interests you but seems like something far too time-consuming than you could possibly fit into your schedule, allow me to introduce you to this game-changer of a product. This tiny compost bin fits perfectly on your countertop so it's easy to remember to dump your food scraps into it. Plus, the stainless steel design adds a chic touch.
via: AmazonI have a very big problem with lukewarm coffee. Once it dips below "very hot", I have to either immediately heat it back up, or, if that's not an option, simply dump it. I refuse to subject myself to coffee that isn't up to my temperature standards. That's what makes this travel thermos such an on-the-go essential for me. My beverages stay hot no matter what.
via: AmazonI'm not what you'd call an "outdoorsy" person, so on the rare occasion that I do venture out into the wilderness, I like to be prepared for anything that nature tries to throw at me. That's what makes this hand-crank flashlight such a camping essential. Not only does it have a powerful LED flashlight, but it also features a built-in radio and a power bank. No batteries required!
via: AmazonLook, everybody goes to the bathroom every single day, right? So why should we be so embarrassed when we talk about bathroom-related things? And, speaking of bathroom-related things, here's one that I absolutely adore: A bidet that easily attaches to your toilet. It's much cheaper than buying a toilet with a built-in bidet and will leave you feeling amazingly fresh and clean afterward.
via: AmazonWe all rely on our phones for pretty much everything these days, so why risk being out and about and having to deal with a dead battery? This solar charger uses the power of the sun to charge your devices. It also happens to be windproof, shockproof, and dustproof. Basically, this thing can withstand whatever your next adventure can throw at it.
via: AmazonI'll admit it: I'm a big snacker. And I work from home, so I can sit at my desk in my pajamas shoveling handful after handful of Cheetos into my mouth without feeling the judgemental stares of my co-workers. I have to say; it's pretty great. These bag sealers keep my snacks from getting stale, which is also pretty great.
via: AmazonI can't even tell you how many wine glasses I've broken throughout my adult life. It's gotten to the point where my friends and family members refuse to give me anything that might shatter into a million pieces, meaning that I've had to drink a few glasses of expensive Chardonnay out of a Garfield mug. These glasses are seriously unbreakable. Trust me; I've tried.
via: AmazonI have a dog. And a baby. Who is currently teething. All of which means that my couches are usually covered with a thick layer of hair, drool, and spit-up at all times. In an effort to avoid completely ruining all of my furniture, I decided to invest in a few of these surprisingly affordable and nice-looking slipcovers. And I'm so glad I did.
via: AmazonI'm one of those people who can only sleep in a pitch-black room in complete silence with multiple fans blowing on me. As you can imagine, this makes it difficult for me to get any kind of shut-eye when I'm traveling. Before I bought this amazing face mask, the idea of sleeping in an airport was laughable. Now, I have zero trouble.
via: AmazonAnd speaking of sleeping while traveling, this clever pillow is a product that I've been recommending to family members, friends, and random people on the street ever since I bought it. The flexible design allows you to contort it into a variety of positions, meaning that you're able to get cozy no matter where you are. Talk about a travel game-changer!
via: AmazonHere's the thing: No one's going to tell you that you need to buy a nose hair trimmer. It would just be rude. So as a grown-up adult, it's your responsibility to realize that as you age, hair starts to crop up in places that you never expected it to. Take care of business with this handy grooming device, which is simple to use and solves an embarrassing problem that you might not even realize you had.
via: AmazonI have an extremely active Australian Cattle Dog. While she's very sweet, she also has a terrible habit of rolling is whatever foul-smelling stuff is currently residing in our backyard. It leaves her just as foul-smelling, and the amount we were forced to give her a bath was getting out of hand. This no-rinse dog shampoo allows us to wash her coat without having to give her a full bath.
via: AmazonAre you constantly burning yourself in the kitchen? Is your "oven mitt" actually just an old, worn dishtowel that never quite does the job? Stop putting your skin at risk and invest in a pair of these silicone mitts, which provide a protective silicone barrier, so you stay safe while also making it easy to touch hot pots, lids, trays, and handles. Don't light your stove without these babies!
via: AmazonHere's a product that can be filed under "where have these been all of my adult life?!" Why deal with messy liquid detergent when you can simply throw one of these sheets in instead? Not only are they about a million times easier than traditional detergent, but they also are eco-friendly and totally packable; just toss them in your suitcase for on-the-road freshness.
via: AmazonHow skilled are you at poaching eggs? If your answer is "not at all," you're not alone. I couldn't poach an egg to save my life. But luckily, these handy poaching cups are here to change that. They fit snugly on the rim of your pan, so all you have to do is crack in an egg and watch it cook perfectly before your eyes. Breakfast just got a major upgrade.
via: AmazonIf you've been trying to eat healthier lately, you've probably been eating a lot of salads. And while salads can be extremely low in calories and high in vitamins and fiber, they can also get boring really, really quickly. This salad cutter kicks your salads up a notch. All you have to do is toss everything you want into this bowl, turn it upside down, cut along the guides, and you're left with a perfectly chopped salad that's actually fun to eat.
via: AmazonGoing into work is hard enough, but if you have to sit in an uncomfortable chair for 8 hours straight, it can be downright torturous. These armrest pads transform a hard, painful chair into one so comfy that you might actually want to take it home with you. The memory foam design cradles your arms in the perfect amount of cushiness, and the stretchy material fits over a variety of armrest styles.
via: AmazonBecause of my 5-month-old son, I wash my hands about a million times per day. I'm suddenly very aware of germs, and the thought of touching a disgusting soap dispenser after I've already washed off all the germs seems counterproductive. This automatic one is perfect for both new moms and germaphobes since it dispenses the right amount of soap hands-free.
via: AmazonWhy are there so many recipes out there that require separating egg yolks from egg whites? It's almost like they want you to fail. But now, you can show them who's boss with this clever egg separating tool. It sucks up the egg yolk so you can easily transfer it into another bowl and perfect even the most complicated of recipes.
via: AmazonIf there's one product that makes you feel like you've finally gotten your life together, it's this mini umbrella. Is there anything more depressing than getting caught in a downpour because you still somehow don't own an umbrella? This one is not only tiny and portable, but it's also surprisingly heavy-duty for its size. I keep one in my purse at all times, just in case.
via: AmazonI've finally started getting back into working out since I had my son and let me tell you, it's been a struggle. One thing that makes me feel like I can actually get through my workout is forcing myself to stretch both before and afterward, and this stretching strap makes it simple to get a full-body stretch. Get one. You won't regret it.
via: AmazonHere's a rather embarrassing admission: I love beauty vloggers. There's something so calming about watching them transform their naked face into one completely covered in makeup, and while I don't have even a fraction of their skills, I still like to play with makeup if I'm going out. This beauty sponge holder protects it from germs and damages, so it's always ready for whatever I put it through.
via: AmazonCalling all accident-prone chefs! Splatter burns are a real thing. I know this from experience, and I have the scars to prove it. Avoid them with this splatter guard, which is made from flexible silicone and easily wraps around all of your pots and pans so you can fry, saute, or grill without fear. I want one in every color!
via: AmazonWhenever my parents come to town to stay with us, I go on a crazy cleaning binge that drives my husband crazy. I spend tons of money on cleaning products and stress out about the state of the house until their visit is over. But since I bought this nifty scrubber I've saved tons in cleaning products. It does the hard work for me! I should have bought this thing years ago.
via: AmazonIf you have limited closet and drawer space, as I do, you know just how frustrating it can be to try to cram in all of your clothes. But since I bought a few of these storage bags, my drawers have been twice as organized. And my sanity has been saved. I store all of my bulky sweaters in them and keep them in the basement during the warmer months, then swap them with my summer clothes during the winter.
via: Amazon"I just love doing the dishes," said no one ever. It's probably one of the worst household jobs, and my husband and I both avoid it at all costs. But since I bought this cheap and ingenious cutlery brush, it makes this dreaded chore go much faster, and we've suddenly noticed that we don't dread it as much as we used to.
via: AmazonEveryone gets sweaty sometimes, and it's nothing to be ashamed about. But since showing up to a job interview smelling like you just ran the New York City marathon is frowned upon, these antiperspirant wipes were made to help us out of awkward situations like this. I keep these in my purse for whenever I need to freshen up quickly.
via: AmazonOkay, this thing is ridiculously clever. I can't believe I didn't think of it myself. It's a whisk wiper that you put on over your whisk to get off every last drop of deliciousness when you're cooking and baking. This is the kind of product that your grandmother would have loved, so why not make her proud and add one to your kitchen tool collection?
via: AmazonHard-boiled eggs are the perfect way to add some much-needed protein into your diet. The only problem? They're almost impossible to peel. I always end up ripping out huge chunks of eggs whenever I peel them, and it's so frustrating that I sometimes just throw the entire thing away and start over. This egg peeler makes my life so much easier. It'll make your life easier, too.
via: AmazonMy bathroom is tiny with hardly any storage space, so we're forced to try to fit all of our toiletries into our vanity. This proves to be difficult since I own roughly 500 different types of skincare products. This bathroom tray doubles our storage space and results in much fewer arguments between me and my husband. I don't know how I lived without this thing!