Adulting ain’t for the faint of heart, and tbh we’re all just making it up as we go along. So, everyone can use a little help to make life easier – that’s where I come in! I’ve curated a list of products that’ll make you feel like a real grown person who takes responsibility and stuff. From entryway organizers to the best wine stoppers to magical grout cleaner, we’ve got the stuff to help you optimize your adult life.
I’ve also found a fool-proof way to open wine right the first time, every time, reusable k-cups to help save the environment, and soundproof tape to make your WFH situation better, since being a “grown-up” calls for ingenuity and facility in lots of situations. These things will make you look (and feel!) like you’ve got this whole thing all under control! Live your best grown-up life with these 37 products that feel like lifehacks, they’re so genius!
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These Agate Bookends are So Fancy
Could there be a more grown-up thing than bookends? It’s right up there with styling your shelves – it adds a finishing touch that makes your place look sophisticated and pulled together. These agate stone ones are gorgeous, they come in multiple colors to match your decor and would look fabulous on a bookshelf or mantle.
Get A Close-Up With Your Shave Using This Mirror
I’ve known guys who managed to shave in the shower throughout my life, and I never understood how. (Seriously, I can barely even shave my legs in the shower.) Now I know your secret. You have one of these new-fangled shower mirrors with built-in slots for your razors! Genius, I tell you. You can get this in two sizes plus an additional option for when you’re traveling. Meet your new fogless BFF.
This Bug Zapper is Contactless
This set of two oversized bug zappers will take care of all your creeping or flying household problems in an instant, without you having to touch anything gross! Simply make like you’re playing tennis and whack the offending insect into oblivion. So satisfying, and you’ll be proud you can bravely take care of the problem on your own without calling for backup.
This Car Trash Bag is Game-Changing
Clean cars are totally an adult thing – make it easy to keep yours looking great with this car trash bag. It handily attaches to the headrest and hangs in the back seat so it’s not constantly on display. It’ll discreetly and effectively hold all the wrappers, receipts, and whatnot while keeping your floors and console pristine.
This Makeup Organizer Helps You Get Ready Faster
Organizing is definitely an adult thing. So is being on time. Accomplish both with this comprehensive makeup organizer that stores all your stuff in one place so you can see it at a glance. When you can grab exactly what you need without fishing through drawers and makeup bags, that’s gonna get you out the door that much faster!
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This Garden Hose is Flexible for Easy Use
Wrestling with garden hoses can be a workout in itself, and also quite annoying! Try this flexible garden hose instead – it’s lightweight, never kinks or leaks, and is easy to maneuver all over your yard. It comes in six colors and five lengths, so just pick the one that’s right for your outdoor space!
These Space Saving Bags Keep Your Stuff Nice
Storing away out-of-season linens and clothing so it stays nice is the responsible thing to do. But first, you gotta come up with storage space for all your stuff! These vacuum storage bags make it easy since they compress bulky items down to a manageable size.
This Spa Headband Has a Ponytail Slit
These spa headbands are so handy for doing your skincare routine or applying makeup without your hair getting in the way. What’s unique about these ones is the ponytail slit in the back so you have somewhere to put your hair without smooshing it to your head! The band then wraps around the front of your head and secures with velcro, so you can customize the size to fit your head comfortably.
This Shower Curtain Provides Even More Storage
The mesh pockets in this shower curtain are genius – they provide extra storage space for toiletries and shower essentials! So handy if you don’t have shelves built into your shower (or they’re already full with other stuff!). The great part is you can use it alone as a shower curtain or as a liner for a cloth one.
This Entryway Storage Bench Keeps You Organized
Our entryway used to be a messy dropzone where everyone threw their stuff when they got home, creating an unholy mess. That is until I got an entryway storage bench like this one to hold shoes. It’s been so much easier to stay organized and the kids can find their shoes so much more easily in the mornings!
These Oven Liners Prevent a Mess
Anyone who has experienced a spill-over in the oven knows what a pain it is to clean that thing. You’ll be on your knees scrubbing for hours! This is why I snapped these oven liners up as soon as I knew they existed – they’re helping me forget the unfortunate pie incident committed by my husband.
These Reusable K-Cups Save Money and the Environment
It’s so easy to pop a coffee pod into the machine and forget about it, but in reality, it generates so much waste, especially if you’re having more than a few cups a day. Take control of the situation with these reusable k-cups – you’ll not only save the environment but you’ll save money, too since you can refill them with your favorite brew! You’ll get a set of six easy-to-clean cups for all your caffeinated needs.
This Gallon-Sized Cold Brew Maker Gives Me Life
Sure, I have the standard cold brew maker that puts out about five cups of iced tea, but I can finish that in a day. What I need is this gallon-sized cold brew maker that fits on your fridge shelf and keeps beverages fresh for up to two weeks! The handy spout lets you dispense iced coffee or tea easily, and the filter ensures you don’t get particles floating in your drink.
This Air Pump Wine Opener Works Like a Charm
Look, I know I should be able to open wine bottles reliably by this point in life, but the truth is I’m terrible at it. So I was super excited to find this air pump wine opener that works like a charm! No twisting corkscrews and getting pieces of cork in the wine or not being able to actually get the cork out, this one just requires a few quick pumps and you’re golden!
This Sound Proofing Tape is a Necessity
I never knew how noisy my house was until I started working from home. These kids, when did they get so loud? This soundproofing tape has saved my sanity – it’s so easy to apply and really does block sound when I shut my office (bedroom) door.
This Mug Warmer Ensures a Warm Cuppa
I never get to drink my tea when it’s hot since I either forget about it or get distracted by the kids or puppy needing something. This little mug warmer has made my mornings so much better since I don’t have to worry about unappetizing cold tea anymore – it keeps my drink at just the right temp until I get a chance to drink it. It has three temperature settings and an auto-shutoff after four hours so you don’t have to worry about safety or overheating.
This Colander Expands to Fit Your Sink
Traditional colanders can be big and bulky, and often don’t fit in your sink if you’ve got dirty dishes in there too (guilty). This slim strainer actually adjusts to fit your sink then rests on top, letting you easily rinse or drain foods. You can also use it for thawing foods and air drying utensils, so it’ll pull triple duty while taking up virtually no room!
This Sleek Alarm Clock is Super Easy to Read
This gorgeous modern alarm clock is so easy to read whether you place it next to your bed or across the room. It also has the advantage of two built-in USB ports so you can charge your devices while you sleep. Over 8,000 reviewers give this a thumbs-up so you know it’s going to be a winner.
This Knee Brace is Super Comfortable
Ah yes, part of adulting is the mysterious aches and pains that crop up from time to time or result from a workout or sports. This knee brace will keep you comfortable while providing a great fit since it comes in two sizes and is adjustable with velcro straps. It’s lightweight and breathable, so totally comfortable during everyday and workout wear.
This Pill Organizer Keeps You on Track
If you need a compact but comprehensive pill organizer, this one fits the bill. Its pill disks store your AM meds and vitamins on one side and your PM ones on the other, making it an efficient storage solution that’s easy to carry in your bag or store in your medicine cabinet. And it’s got over 10,000 glowing reviews for great quality and ease of use.
This Cuticle Oil Makes Your Nails Look Great
As an adult, you likely care about your appearance and appreciate looking put-together and professional. This OPI cuticle oil takes care of raggedy cuticles and makes your nails look great without having to shell out for a manicure every week. Some reviewers even credit it for helping them stop biting their nails!
This Water Tumbler Works the Best To Hold In Temps
Happy reviewers say this affordable water tumbler stands up to all the other insulated brands, and in fact, surpasses them in its ability to keep beverages hot or cold for hours upon hours! They think the secret is the copper lining and the vacuum-sealed design which hold in temps. It comes in three sizes and a plethora of colors so it’s easy to find one you love.
This Grout Cleaner Makes a Huge Difference
We have stubborn mold and mildew stains in our shower I just can’t scrub out, no matter how much elbow grease I use. This grout cleaner made it look like child’s play to clean even the stubbornest black spots, and my shower’s never looked better! It’s a concentrated gel that stays where you put it so it can target stains effectively.
This Milk Frother Makes Your Barista Obsolete
Save time and money when you make your own fancy coffee drinks at home with this handheld milk frother. It comes with its own stand so you have somewhere handy to store it, and the wood or marble-like handles look so classy on display. Upgrade your homemade coffee, cappuccino, latte, hot chocolate, and more with this simple to use kitchen tool that’ll pay for itself in a couple of uses!
This Desk Pad Upgrades Your WFH Space
This desk pad makes your desk so much easier to clean, just wipe it down if you spill or get crumbs on it! Plus, it acts like a giant mousepad which is amazing because I’m tired of my mouse slipping off my too-small one. It comes in a bunch of colors and is reversible, too.
This Dry Erase Calendar Shows Your Month at a Glance
I have two of these incredibly handy dry erase calendars at home – one in our family “command center” and one in my office so I can see my personal and work appointments and events at a glance. It’s great for the whole family since everyone can see what’s going on that week without constantly asking me, plus it helps me manage everyone’s schedules more easily. It’s also magnetic, which I love for sticking up party invitations, event tickets, or important notes.
This Wine Stopper Keeps Your Vino Fresh for 2 Weeks
My husband is the only one who drinks wine, so it takes him a few days to finish a bottle if he has a glass with dinner. I’ve found this set of two wine stoppers to be the best at keeping wine fresh for a long time – up to 15 days – and they’re so easy to use. They’re also leakproof, so I can store wine bottles on their side in the fridge to save space.
These Plant Food Spikes are a Necessity
I have to feed my kids to keep them alive, and the same thing with my precious plant babies. I use these plant food spikes to provide the nutrients they need to thrive. It’s so easy, just press them into the soil and water – I’ve never seen my houseplants happier!
These Fancy Matches Elevate Your Space
Now that I’m older, I like to have nice things surrounding me at home. These rainbow-tipped fancy matches are so fun to use when lighting my favorite candles. You’ll get a set of 100 matches in a reusable glass jar that includes a striker strip incorporated into the cap.
This Memory Foam Chair Cushion is So Supportive
If, like many of us adults, you sit a lot for work, do yourself a favor, and get this memory foam chair cushion. It’ll help if you already have back pain or sciatica, and it’ll help prevent new injuries by gently supporting your posture. It’s got over 18,000 stellar reviews that praise its quality and comfort!
This Candle Warmer Releases Amazing Scents
You know when you finally splurge on one of those spendy candles you’ve been eyeing for years, then you’re kind of scared to actually burn it? That’s where this candle warmer comes in. You can make candles last so much longer while still enjoying their scent since this releases the gorgeous fragrance without burning it!
This Mini Bag Re-sealer Keeps Your Snacks Fresh
Protect the snacks at all costs is what I say. Now it’s easier than ever with this mini bag re-sealer. I don’t have to fool around with clips that don’t work or stale chips because my kids can’t properly close the bag. I can just reseal it and have super fresh snacks till we (I) finish the bag!
These House Shoes are Beyond Comfy
Cleaning floors is a drag, so make it easier on yourself by wearing house shoes! Not only will you keep your floors much cleaner without tracking in dirt, germs, and god knows what, but you’ll actually be more comfortable, too! These lightweight linen slippers will keep your feet cool and the footbed shapes to your foot to provide arch support.
These Bike Shorts are So Versatile
I’ve never worn bike shorts so much as I have lately – they’re so versatile, I can use them to work out, wear under shorter dresses while I’m chasing the kids around, and just wear them on their own with an oversized tee on casual days. I love all the patterns these ones come in plus the high waist to rein in my tummy.
This Food Scrap Bin is Great for Composting
We like to compost around here, but most of my scraps are stored in the freezer in plastic shopping bags which is not only messy but confusing when I’m searching for actual food. I love this food scrap bin that attaches to your kitchen drawer and lets you scoop the compostable material right in. From there, you can store it in the freezer until you bring it out to the compost bin, making the whole process neater and easier.
This Empire Waist Dress is Effortless
I want to look like I made an effort without really, you know…making one. This stylish midi-length empire waist dress helps me look put-together instantly, even though it’s as easy as throwing on a tee shirt. It comes in myriad colors and patterns so I can wear a different one every day of the month! It also looks great on lots of body types judging by the super chic reviewer pics.