Look, everyone is out there just trying to get by. The thought of being an "adult" and being forced to act like a "grown-up" can be daunting, and if you've ever looked around your house and think it could be mistaken for a college dorm room, you're not alone. We've all been there.
Luckily, there are ways to upgrade your adult status without much effort or expense. These 37 products will make your life exponentially better, and you'll finally feel like you've nailed this whole "adulting" thing.
(And no, they're not just boring products your Mom thinks you should buy. They're actually fun.)
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These Luxurious Pillows That Totally Upgrade Your Bedroom
via: AmazonI have a terrible time falling asleep at night. I'm usually up half the night tossing and turning, and it drives my husband so crazy that he sometimes sleeps in the guest bedroom just to get some shuteye. A good pillow, however, can make all the difference, and these Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillows are the best of the best. The gel filling cushions your neck perfectly, and the dust mite-resistant design means you'll have them for years.
This Luggage Bungee That Makes Travel a Breeze
via: AmazonMore often than not, traveling is not fun. The airport is always horrendously crowded, you have to wait in endless lines, everyone is crabby, and you're basically just waiting around for hours until you get to your destination. So why not make traveling slightly more bearable by making your luggage as neat and organized as possible? This Travelon Bag Bungee makes your life on the go WAY easier.
This WiFi Extender That Makes Your Internet 10x Faster
via: AmazonBefore we bought our house, we lived in an upper duplex in an apartment without access to the router. Because of that, our WiFi was spotty at best (non-functioning at worst), and since I work from home it was an enormous pain. A friend recommended this TP-Link N300 WiFi Range Extender with External Antennas and Compact Design and it solved the problem completely. Easy peasy!
This Mini Emergency Kit That Makes You Prepared For Anything
via: AmazonThere was a time in my life when I didn't even keep band-aids in my house. I would accidentally cut myself (often) and then just stand in my bathroom with toilet paper on my hand wondering how I had lived well into my 20's without learning how to be an adult. But once I turned 30 I said "Enough! You are buying a first aid kit!" and I'm so glad I did.
These Kitchen Shears That Have a Million Uses
via: AmazonOkay, so the thought of a pair of kitchen shears may not fill your heart with joy, and I understand that. But honestly, these OXO 1072121 Good Grips Multi-Purpose Kitchen & Herbs Scissors were one of those products that seriously made me feel like a real life grown-up after purchasing them. I use them all the time, and I'm always so glad that I bought them every time I need to snip open a bag, cut up veggies or strip herbs.
This Fancy Shower Curtain That Prevents Mildew
via: AmazonI hate to break it to you, but that plastic shower curtain you've had since college is not just gross, but tacky. Don't you think it's about time for a bathroom upgrade? For under $30 bucks, this Eforcurtain Home Fashion Waffle Shower Curtain not only looks great, but it also prevents mold and mildew. Plus it comes in a variety of colors to choose from.
This Water Bottle That Adds Fruity Flavor
via: AmazonI drink about a gallon of water every day. I'm constantly sipping on my water bottle while I work, and while I force myself to do it to stay healthy, it's not pleasant. Unflavored water is a total snooze, am I right? That's where this Infuser Water Bottle Sport Flip-top BPA-Free Tritan 25 Oz comes in. It has a special insert that holds cut-up fruit and veggies so you get a boost of flavor without the added sugar.
This Milk Frother That's Like Having a Starbucks in Your Kitchen
via: AmazonI'm pretty sure that no other product on earth will make you feel more grown-up and successful than this PowerLix Milk Frother Handheld Battery Operated Electric Foam Maker For Coffee, Latte, Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate, Durable Drink Mixer With Stainless Steel Whisk. Every morning I start my day with a frothy cappuccino as I look out my window and bask in the glory of my amazing life.
This Planning Pad That Helps You Sort Out Your Priorities
via: AmazonEveryone could use a little motivation every now and then in order to be more productive, right? Well, this Knock Knock 12282 What To Get Done (So I Can Have a Drink) Pad gives you the perfect motivation to get what you need to get done and then reward yourself afterwards. It has spots for "To Do", "To Buy", "To Contact", "To Remember", "To Delegate", and "To Postpone".
This Anti-Theft Backpack That Keeps You Protected On-the-Go
via: AmazonMy laptop is basically my livelihood. It would be awful is something happened to it, and I'm constantly worried about damaging it or someone stealing it when I'm out and about. So when I heard about this Laptop Business Anti Theft Waterproof Travel Backpack with USB Charging Port & Headphone Interface, I knew that I had to have it. And it's totally put all my worries to rest.
This Migraine Stick That Sends Headaches Packing
via: AmazonAs someone who has suffered from migraines since age 12, I know how disabling they can be. In fact, once one hits, I can be out for the count for an entire day, and sometimes even several days in a row. I've tried everything to combat them, and nothing helps. Until I found out about this Migrastil Migraine Headache Stick Roll-on Relief, that is. This thing is a serious miracle worker.
These Silicone Oven Mitts That Step Up Your Cooking Game
via: AmazonI went for far too long without owning some quality oven mitts, and would instead just use a towel to pull things out of the oven, which is a bad idea. Don't think this is that big of a deal? I have a two-inch scar on my forearm that would disagree. These heavy duty oven mitts are chef quality and extra long for added protection.
This Handy Tile That Makes Lost Keys a Thing of the Past
via: AmazonHere's a somewhat embarrassing confession: I'm really, really forgetful. In fact, nine times out of ten, I'll leave the house, get to my car, and have to go all the way back inside to grab my car keys, wallet, and anything else I've neglected to grab on my way out. Thank goodness for this Tile Mate. Just clip it onto your keychain or phone and never lose your essentials again.
This Meat Thermometer That Gives You Cooking Confidence
via: AmazonCooking poultry used to terrify me so much that I rarely attempted it. On the few occasions that I did, I was so afraid of under-cooking it that it turned out dry, flavorless, and barely edible. Sounds delicious, right? Luckily I found this ThermoPro TP03A Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer, which gives me an instant reading of the internal temperature so I never have to guess when things are ready.
These Shoe Deodorizers That Keep Your Kicks Smelling Fresh
via: AmazonI have this disgusting habit of wearing sneakers with no socks, and let me tell you, when it's 90 degree outside those babies smell pretty darn awful when I take them off, So awful, in fact, that my husband threatens to throw them away (or burn them). But not that I have these Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags, I can go sock-less to my heart's content without worrying about my shoes going up in flames.
This Cabinet Door Organizer That Doubles Your Storage Space
via: AmazonBefore we bought our house, our kitchen was tiny. So tiny, in fact, that our cabinets were so jam packed that they would barely close, and I would scream obscenities every time I unloaded the dishwasher. If only I had known about this SimpleHouseware Over the Cabinet Door Organizer Holder, which doubles your storage space and keeps things beautifully organized. Seriously, how brilliant is that?
These Cereal Containers With an Air-Tight Seal
via: AmazonJust because you're a totally grown up and mature adult doesn't mean you can't take part in a few youthful indulgences, right? So don't you date through out those boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Frosted Flakes and Fruity Pebbles! Instead, give them a grown-up spin with these OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Airtight POP Cereal Dispenser Set. They keep your favorite cereals fresh and look great on your counter.
This Back Massage Tool That Hits All The Right Points
via: AmazonLife is stressful, especially when you're doing your best to have it all as a grown-up adult. Who couldn't use a little bit of stress relief and relaxation every now and then? I, for one, would like to be massaged at all times. But my husband refuses to stay home from work to give me 24-hour back rubs so I'm forced to use this Body Back Buddy Trigger Point Therapy Self Massage Tool. He's lucky that this wonder tool exists.
These Mighty Handles That Make You a One-Trip Champ
via: AmazonHave you heard about the "One Trip Challenge" that's all the rage on social media? It's when you try to carry every grocery bag into the house in just one trip as opposed to taking multiple trips back and forth. It's a difficult feat, and often leaves one covered in painful red marks (aka battle wounds). These Mighty Handles will make you a One Trip Champion.
This Bedside Caddy That Holds All Your Nighttime Essentials
via: AmazonThe rooms in our house are small, and after we got our bed into the master bedroom there was no space for end tables. This irritated me, since I had no where to put my books or tablet after I was done using them. Then I got this Fancii 10 Pocket Bedside Caddy, which hangs off the bed frame and offers tons of space for all of my nighttime must-haves. Plus, it's slim enough to fit in even the narrowest bedrooms.
These Produce Saving Sheets That Save You Food and Money
via: AmazonNo one can afford to be throwing money away these days. I try to be really careful with food, and consider it a personal failure when I have to throw out food that has gone bad before I got a chance to eat it. That's why these Dualplex Fruit and Veggie Life Extender Liners for Refrigerator Drawer are such a game-changer. They keep my produce fresh for days longer so less food is wasted.
This Drawer Organizer That Whips Your Drawers Into Shape
via: AmazonOkay, so I may have a slight addiction to underwear. I can't seem to stop buying it, and my drawers are filled to the absolute brim because of it. I knew I needed something to help me get organized, and this Simple Houseware Closet Underwear Organizer Drawer Divider puts everything in its proper place and allow my drawers to close easily for the first time in years.
This Bathroom Spray That Lets You Go Without Fear
via: AmazonMy sense of smell is off the charts. If something smells bad within a ten block radius, I can smell it, and it drives me crazy. So needless to say, sharing a bathroom can be difficult at times. That's why I'm so incredibly grateful for this Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, which erases all evidence of any foul play whatsoever. And this combo pack gives you two fun scents to choose from.
These Towels That Are Insanely Luxurious
via: AmazonYou deserve to treat yo self every so often.Take a luxurious bath, for example. There's nothing more relaxing than stepping into hot, steamy water and letting the stresses of the day wash away. But when you step out of that bath, you'd better have one heck of a luxurious towel. And this 8 Piece Turkish Luxury Turkish Cotton Towel Set more than fits the bill.
This Laundry Basket That's Collapsible
via: AmazonThis is another one of those products that seems like a boring household essential that most people put off buying. But, trust me on this, once you invest in one or two of these your life will drastically improve. Your clothes won't be covering the floor of your bedroom at all times anymore and you'll be able to carry an entire load to the laundry room without dropping clothes all over your house.
This Entryway Organizer That's Cute AND Handy
via: AmazonRemember what I said about being forgetful? It only seems to be getting worse with age, and I'm pretty sick of constantly leaving important documents at home or locking myself out of my house. So I honestly don't know how I lived without this WALLNITURE Foyer Wall Mount Letter Mail Key Newspaper Magazine Holder. It holds all my keys, and I just pop anything that I need to remember in the envelope and grab it on my way out.
These Mesh Laundry Bags That Protect Your Delicates
via: AmazonFor someone who owns roughly 500 pairs of underwear and about a billion bras, you'd think I'd take better care of my unmentionables. But I don't. Sometimes I open the dryer and a bra has become so tangled around a pair of my husband's jeans that I'm forced to cut them off. It's a dark day when this happens. But this is now a thing of the past, thanks to this 6 Pack of SimpleHouseware Laundry Bra Lingerie Mesh Wash Bags. Adulting FTW!
This Hot Glue Gun That You'll Use Constantly
via: AmazonThink you don't need a hot glue gun? Think again. You do. And no, it's not just for making adorable dioramas of an all dinosaur version of The Last Supper. This thing can be used all over your house, and is basically a magical tool that can fix a broken sneaker, secure a hook, and make your scrapbooks look LEGIT. Your Grandma would be proud.
This Heavy Duty Plunger That Gets The Job Done
via: AmazonYou're an adult, and adults sometimes need to buy things that are purely utilitarian and maybe sometimes a little embarrassing. (i.e. POO~POURRI). And yes, this includes things like an industrial strength plunger. Sure, this Neiko 60166A Toilet Plunger with Patented All-Angle Design looks like something one would find in a sketchy bus terminal, but trust me, it gets the job done. Plus, you can buy it online so no one has to know!
This Tool Kit That Makes You Ready for Anything
via: AmazonOkay, this one is a no brainer. As a grown-up, it's important to be as prepared as possible for any situation. There's nothing more satisfying than being able to whip out your tool kit and fix something when it breaks, and the right tool kit is key. Think you have to spend a ton to get a kit with everything you need? Wrong. This Apollo Tools DT9706 Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set with Tool Box Storage Case is just over 20 bucks.
These Hangers That Give Your Closet a Grown-Up Makeover
via: AmazonBefore I bought these AmazonBasics Velvet Suit Hangers, my closet was a complete joke. The hangers were completely mismatched and tacky, most of them were broken, and I didn't have enough of them so the entire floor was just covered in a layer of clothes at all times. But this sleek black pack of 50 seriously transformed my space into something a Kardashian sister would be proud of.
This Doorknob Organizer That Keeps You From Forgetting Essentials
via: AmazonOkay, time for yet another embarrassing confession: Even with the WALLNITURE Foyer Wall Mount Letter Mail Key Newspaper Magazine Holder, sometimes I still make it all the way to the door without something important. This Home-X Do Not Forget Door Knob Organizer is a last ditch effort to keep me from forgetting things, and let me tell you, it works. This thing is pretty hard to miss.
This Magnetic Key Holder That's Perfect For Busy Lifestyles
via: AmazonThink being an adult means having to fill your home with stuffy, boring and purely utilitarian items? Think again! Don't be afraid to add some adorable pieces that add both practicality and a fun dash of whimsy to your home. This Walden Theory Minimalistic Magnetic Wooden Key Holder totally fits the bill. The magnetic design makes it easy to attach your keys to, and the sweet cloud design looks great in any room of your house.
This Leather Punch That Gives Your Wardrobe a Refresh
via: AmazonThis is one of those products that I had no idea I needed before I got one, and now that I have it I use it constantly. Okay, so maybe part of that is because it's so fun to use, but I also have a ton of both clothing and household items that could benefit from an added hole. This General Tools 72 Leather Hole Punch Tool will be your new favorite toy. I mean, uh, tool.
This Meal Planner That Organizes Your Week
via: AmazonI love food. It's pretty much all I think about, and while I'm not the greatest cook in the world, I'm constantly dreaming up new meals to make. Before I got this bloom daily planners Weekly Meal Planning Pad, I would just try to remember all the ingredients I'd need for a recipe at the store and always ended up forgetting a key item. Now I have everything I need written out and can plan my meals for the week like a BOSS.
These Cord Holders That De-Clutter Your Space
via: AmazonMy work space is....less than tidy. Okay, that's a complete understatement. It's a disaster. And since I work from home, I have to see the jumble of cords and papers all day and night instead of leaving at 5 and forgetting about it. That's why these Shintop Cable Clips are SO AMAZING. They're tiny, stick to wherever you need, and turn my nightmare of a home office into a dream come true.
This Exfoliating Brush That Leaves Your Skin Silky Smooth
via: AmazonYou're an adult now, and you deserve to pamper yourself as much as you can. But that doesn't mean making expensive and time consuming trips to the spa every month. In fact, it can be as simple and as cost effective as buying one of these Exfoliating Brushes, which gives you soft, touchable skin for under 8 dollars. Who needs costly and uncomfortable seaweed wraps, anyways?