As a woman in her early 30's, I like to feel as much like a real life grown up as possible. Sure, that isn't always possible, and most of the time I still feel more like a lost college student than an accomplished and professional adult, but there are little things I do every day that bring me closer and closer to my goal.
The following 36 items are products I've either discovered myself or have been recommended to me that make me feel like I've finally figured out this whole "adulting" thing. You might want to bookmark this page right now for convenience. It's the adult thing to do.
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This Jewelry Holder That Keeps Your Bling Organized
via: AmazonRemember when you were a kid and your Mom would pull out her jewelry collection for you to play with? All of her shiny gold and silver pieces looked so fancy and grown up, and the fact that you keep your jewelry tangled up in an old shoe box has always felt like less of an adult. Well, now you can finally graduate to adulthood, thanks to this handy and attractive Hanging Jewelry Organizer.
This Bubble Umbrella That'll Have You Hoping For Rainy Days
via: AmazonI tend to be a bit of a grump when the weather turns rainy. There's just something about the grayness that sours my mood, and no amount of puddle jumping can turn it around. That is, until I picked up this totes Signature Clear Bubble Umbrella. Not only does it make me feel like a responsible adult, but the colorful design and oversized shape instantly brightens even the darkest of days.
This Utensil Set That Doubles As Home Decor
via: AmazonIf you're anything like me, the thought of hosting a fancy dinner party is enough to make you run screaming from your incredibly messy house. But if you just add a few products like this Joseph Joseph Utensils Tool Set to your kitchen, you'll be eager to show off your chic yet functional space. Seriously, how cool is this set?! It would give any kitchen an instant upgrade!
This Car Essential That's 6 tools in 1
via: AmazonI'm what you might call a "worrier". I'm always thinking of the worst case scenario, and when I drive it gets a million times worse. That's what makes this Depps Car Safety Tool 6 in 1 Emergency Escape Tool such a game changer. It includes a window breaker, seat belt cutter, power bank, emergency beacon, flashlight and dual USB port car charger. Talk about a (literal) life saver!
This HEPA Filter That Helps You Breathe Easy
via: AmazonYou know when you go to someone's house and notice that they have an air purifier and then suddenly see them as a much more sophisticated person who really has their life together? Like it's some insane concept to want to breathe air that's clean and pure as opposed to filthy and disease-ridden? This hOmeLabs Ionic HEPA Filter allows you to achieve that same level of superiority at a shockingly low price.
This Shielding Lotion That Transforms Dry, Cracked Hands
via: AmazonDo your hands tend to get disgustingly dry when the weather gets cold? It seems like, no matter how much lotion I slather onto them, they still end up cracked, red and raw. This Gloves In A Bottle Shielding Lotion locks in moisture so your hands are left silky smooth during even the most brutal of winters. And what says "grown-up lady" more than flawlessly flake-free hands?
This Lunch Bag That Makes Meal Prep A Breeze
via: AmazonThere are few things better in life than whipping out the most perfectly packed lunch on your lunch break while inciting awe and envy from your coworkers. This Fit & Fresh Insulated Meal Prep Bag finally allows you to achieve that dream. Stop bringing those pitiful brown bags and give your lunches a grown up upgrade. You'll be looking forward to lunch all day long! (Okay, you probably do that already...)
This Luggage Set That Will Make You Itch For A Vacay
via: AmazonWhen was the last time you decided to get away from it all and jet off somewhere new and exciting? If your answer is "never" then it's really time you changed that. But the first step in becoming a seasoned world traveler is buying a handsome set of luggage that'll give you enough space for essentials without being bulky and unwieldy. That's where this two-piece matching luggage set by Rockland comes in.
This Striking Watch That's Surprisingly Affordable
via: AmazonI'm always on the hunt for a nice watch that can go with any outfit but won't break the bank. This J.Market Quartz Watch meets all those requirements and more. It can be easily dressed up or down, has a gorgeous starry face design and, at only $17.99, looks WAY more expensive than it actually is. But who needs to know that? Now you'll never have an excuse to be late again!
This Refrigerator Organizer That Gives Your Fridge A Gown-Up Upgrade
via: AmazonFor years, my fridge has only looked two different ways: As empty as it did in college, or filled to the brim and horribly unorganized to the point where every time I opened it I would spend hours searching for what I actually went in looking for in the first place. But thanks to these Greenco Refrigerator and Freezer Stackable Organizer Bins, my fridge basically looks like the refrigerated section at my local grocery store, and there's just something so satisfying about that.
This Mouldable Glue That's Basically Magic
via: AmazonSeriously, I don't know how this stuff works, but I honestly don't know how I lived without it. Sugru Moldable Glue starts out as a pliable putty and then dries a super tough silicone that's basically indestructible. Use it to fix frayed electronics cords, repair your favorite pair of shoes, fix the foundation of your house...the possibilities are endless. (But maybe don't use it to fix the foundation of your house.)
This Lap Desk That Means You Can Work ANYWHERE
via: AmazonI work from home, and one of the main perks is being able to wake up, pull out my laptop and get to work without ever leaving bed (or putting on actual pants). And while this is a wonderful thing, it can be a bit of a pain to be productive with this set up. So when a family member gifted me with this LapGear MyDesk Lap Desk, it gave me the best of both worlds: I can stay in bed all day and actually be productive!
These Mesh Laundry Bags That Keep Your Delicates Intact
via: AmazonWhy are bras so darn difficult to wash without completely ruining? It seems like every time I throw in a load of delicates my bras come out totally mangled, missing underwires, and basically trashed. I was recently complaining about this to a friend when she recommended trying out these set of 5 Mesh Laundry Bags. Now you'll never have to untangle your bras from your jeans again!
This Fabric Steamer That Keeps Your Clothes Oh-So Fresh
via: AmazonI don't iron my clothes. In fact, I'd rather walk around all day with a completely wrinkled outfit than be forced to spend 20 minutes meticulously ridding my clothing of wrinkles while potentially burning myself and getting totally frustrated in the process. Thank goodness for this Isteam Clothes Steamer, which takes your clothes from messy-looking to meticulously pressed without ever having to whip out the ironing board.
This Exfoliating Body Brush That Leaves Your Skin Crazy Soft
via: AmazonThis is one of those products that, after I used it once, I started recommending it to everyone I knew, including some random people on the street who looked at me funny. This Exfoliating Brush completely gets rid of ingrown hairs and razor burn and can be used on basically every part of your body, leaving your skin soft, smooth and stunning. And it's under $8 bucks!
This Glass Water Bottle That's Stylish AND Handy
via: AmazonStaying hydrated is something that grown-up ladies know is extremely important. I myself struggled for years to get my recommended servings of water per day, and the one thing that helped me do it was this Ello Devon Glass Tumbler With Straw. The chic and attractive design made it fun to carry everywhere, and the built-in reusable straw made it easy to drink out of. I won't leave my house without it!
These String Lights That Make Any Space Cozy AF
via: AmazonI spend a LOT of time at home. I'm not saying I'm a hermit but...what would you call someone who's not quite a hermit but still prefers to stay inside all the time and never interact with people? Since I'm at home so often, I like my space to be as comfy as possible. These TaoTronics LED String Lights add a magical touch to your living room or bedroom and are super easy to install.
This Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat That Cleans The Gross Gunk Off Your Beauty Essentials
via: AmazonTry to think back to the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes. When I do this it causes so much strain on my brain that I end up with a massive headache. This is probably a bad sign, seeing as these makeup brushes touch my greasy face every single day and are probably covered in a plethora of germs and diseases. This Ranphykx Silicon Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat suction cups to your sink and makes it easy to clean your brushes with just mild soap and water.
This Foot Cream That'll Finally Let You Wear Sandals Again
via: AmazonI'm pretty lucky that it's not sandal season right now, because if the world were forced to see my horribly calloused feet in public they would probably be scarred for life. I really need to pick up a tub of this O'Keeffe's Healthy Feet Foot Cream before the weather starts to rise again, which restores your feet to baby softness and makes the thought of wearing sandals without shame a reality.
This Eye Mask That Helps You Finally Get Some Shut Eye
via: AmazonI have a horrible time getting to sleep at night. I'm constantly tossing and turning, stealing the comforters, and complaining about any tiny bit of light that manages to sneak in through our curtains. If you're like me, this 3D Light Blocking Sleep Mask may just be your ticket to finally catching some shuteye. The soft construction is incredibly comfortable to sleep on, and the light-blocking technology ensures complete darkness until you take it off.
This Bedside Caddy That Stores Your Nighttime Essentials
via: AmazonRemember what I said about spending pretty much all of my day in bed? The thought of having to get up to get something that I need is pretty darn terrible, which is what lead me to buy a HAKACC Bedside Caddys. It holds your nighttime essentials like books, magazines, lotion, remote controls and late night snacks, and slips easily and securely underneath your mattress.
This Neck Massager That's Seriously Life-Changing
via: AmazonEveryone could use a bit of a "time out" every now and then to relax, recharge, and treat themselves to something truly indulging. Sure, for me that usually involves chocolate, but every since I bought this Zyllion Shiatsu Back Neck Massager, I've been more relaxed than I ever have in my life. Now just think about the combination of using this neck massager WHILE EATING chocolate. Brilliant, right?
These Massage Balls That Look Scary But Feel Amazing
via: AmazonOkay, I get it. Trust me. The thought of rubbing the sensitive arch of your foot onto a hard plastic ball that's covered in pointy spikes is probably less than idea. Terrifying, even. But until you try one of these Physix Gear Massage Balls out for yourself, you won't be able to fully appreciate how amazing it feels. And then you'll never be the same.
This Luggage Scale That Makes Packing WAY Easier
via: AmazonNow that you're on your way to becoming an international globetrotter, you need all the appropriate tools to make you an airport master. This HAMSWAN Digital Hanging Luggage Scale is one of those tools. Because there are few things worse in life than perfectly packing your suitcase only to get to the airport and be forced to pay a ridiculous charge when your bag is too heavy.
These Produce Drawer Liners That Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresh
via: AmazonEvery single year, my new year's resolution is to eat more fruits and vegetables. And every year, on the 1st of January, I go to the grocery store and load up my cart in the produce section until it's overflowing. That's all well and good until a week goes by and my crisper drawers are filled with rotting apples, berries and cucumbers. These Dualplex Fruit & Veggie Life Extender Liners are the key to helping me stick to my resolutions.
These Drawer Organizers That Keeps Your Undies In Check
via: AmazonIf you went into your bedroom right now and opened your underwear drawer, what would you be met with? Would it glide open easily and present to you a perfectly organized drawer filled with folded undies, bras and socks? Or would it not even open due to the fact that it's been crammed so full of wadded up underwear and mismatched socks? These Evelots Drawer Organizers will make you feel like someone who totally has their life together. Or, at least, their underwear drawers.
This Blister Blocker That's Essential For Summer
via: AmazonAh, blisters. Everyone loves blisters! Those little pus-filled devils that seem to crop up in triplicate every time you wear your new favorite pair of strappy sandals or heels and then make you want to rip them off and throw them in the nearest dumpster. But fret not: This Blister Blocker Balm is here to save the day. Simply glide it all over the places that tend to rub and VOILA! Buh-bye blisters!
This Drying Rack That Keeps Your Clothes Looking New
via: AmazonDrying racks are one of those products that you always think to yourself "I should buy one of those things" but then just continue to awkwardly drape your damp clothing on random parts of your house while trying not to notice how weirdly this makes them look after drying. It's time you make the commitment and graduate to this AmazonBasics Foldable Drying Rack. Good news: It's under $20 bucks!
These Kitchen Shears That Have A Million Uses
via: AmazonI can't say enough good things about these Kitchen Shears by Gidli. Sure, you may be thinking to yourself "They're just scissors. So what?" But trust me, my friend, these are so much more than just scissors. You can use them to cut herbs, open bottles, clip the ends off of flowers, slice through meat, de-shell seafood and about a million other uses that I don't have time to name right now.
This Cast Iron Skillet That Will Seriously Impress Your Friends
via: AmazonA cast iron skillet is one of those kitchen essentials that really makes you feel like you've finally made it. You're an adult now, and you can start filing your own taxes, making trips to the DMV and holding elegant dinner parties with confidence. This Lodge 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet is the perfect starter skillet for those who haven't used one of these ridiculously durable and classic kitchen tools before.
These Soft And Fluffy Towels That Are The Epitome Of Luxury
via: AmazonThere's nothing better than stepping out of a steaming hot shower or bath and then wrapping yourself in a thick, luxurious towel. If your towels are looking a bit worse for wear, might I suggest picking up this Utopia Towel Set? This 8 piece set instantly upgrades your collection, and the ridiculously soft fabric will make you feel as pampered as you would at a high end spa.
These File Folders That Give You The Perfect Place For Important Papers
via: AmazonClose your eyes and think for a second when I ask you this question: Where is your birth certificate? What about your social security card? Before you start to give in to a full blown panic attack, just buy a set of these Skydue Expanding File Folder Pockets instead. They give you the perfect place to store important papers so you never wake up in the middle of the night wondering where your title and registration are for your car ever again.
This Shower Caddy That Holds All You Cleaning Essentials
via: AmazonMy husband and I recently bought a house with a stall shower, which means there's virtually zero space to store our shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and various other shower must-haves. At first we just put these items on the shower floor, which, as you'd imagine, is less than ideal. This Zenna Home Over the Showerhead Caddy solves that annoying problem and looks good doing it.
TheseGlass Nail Files That Let You Skip The Salon
via: AmazonWhen you think of a grown up lady, how do you picture her nails? Perfectly filed and shiny, right? Now look down at your own nails. I'm guessing that's not how you'd currently describe them. (But if it is, I'm impressed. I can't say the same about my own.) These Mont Bleu Crystal Nail Files help you achieve the sophisticated nails of your dreams without the pricey salon bill.
This Throw Blanket That You'll Be Draped With All Winter Long
via: AmazonGet ready for your favorite spaces to be 100% cozier. This BEDSURE Sherpa Fleece Blanket is one of those products that you have to experience for yourself to fully appreciate. But let me warn you: Once you run your hands over the supple fleece and soft sherpa lining, you may never allow it to leave your body again. Trust me, this thing will put a crimp in your social life. But big whoop, right?
This Key Holder That Helps You Actually Remember Where You Put Stuff
via: AmazonI'll admit it: I have a bit of a scatterbrain. I can't tell you how many times I've left the house without my keys, my wallet, my phone, or all of the above. But since I installed this InterDesign Mail Organizer and Key Rack, I have no excuse to forget the essentials. Okay, so I still forget things, but it's WAY less often than it used to be.