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    30 Useful Things Our Readers Swear Make Being An Adult A Little Bit Easier

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community for the best products and tips (and asked for products again!) to make being an adult a little easier, and here are some of the results!

    1. A sunscreen you will actually want to wear everyday, because it's important to protect your skin.

    Glossier

    "You’d think with me being a ginger I would’ve been more aware of the dangers of the sun, but it wasn’t until my grandmother died of skin cancer that I really started to take my skin care seriously. Sunscreen. Every. Single. Day. It’s become part of my morning routine."

    tiffanyo41d0a3c1f

    One BuzzFeeder swears by Glossier's Invisible Shield (SPF 35) — it's a serum sunscreen, which means it's an incredibly lightweight water-based gel that smoothly glides onto your skin and leaves no white residue. Get it from Glossier for $25.

    2. The book (and blog, and podcast) Ask A Manager by Alison Green — it'll prepare you to deal with all sorts of situations you encounter ~in the work world~.

    Ballantine Books

    "The blog's is an amazing resource to anyone entering the work world or for anyone who has issues at their job (or maybe you don't but you might later so this gets you prepared now). I've learned so much, especially how to work well with coworkers!"

    pricklycactusflower

    Get her book on Amazon for $12.59.

    3. A simple folder, accordion file, or document box to keep all of your important papers safe and easy to find whenever you need them.

    Amazon

    "When you're done with college get your birth certificate, Social Security card, passport, car title, and insurance info and put it all together in a folder and then make three copies of each and leave one copy with your parents or someone you trust. That way when you move around, need to renew your drivers license, or go out of country, you have all of your documentation. And god forbid, if you lose any of it, you have a copy with someone. It also mentally makes you feel adult, having your life documents in YOUR possession rather than a family members."

    maddb

    Get one of the colorful accordion file folders from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight colors) or two of the bigger decorative file boxes for $39.96.

    4. A weighted blanket — for some reason it seems like the older you get, the harder it is to get good, deep sleep, and this could really help you night after night.

    Amazon

    "I get, on average, an extra 45 minutes of deep sleep per night."

    samanthareyes03

    Get a weighted blanket on Amazon for $64.90+ (available in 14 weights, depending on your body weight, and 22 colors).

    5. A white noise machine with non-looping audio because it can completely drown out any sounds that might disturb your slumber, so you can wake feeling rested and a little more able to take on whatever adulting the day brings.

    Amazon

    "I literally never travel without it now. It drowns out noise from surrounding rooms — it was especially important at the AirBnb where the walls were so thin you could understand everything the neighbors said. You can still have a conversation over the noise (we would forget it was even on at times), but it helps give you a little privacy (especially important on those romantic getaways!)."

    singingminnie07

    It has ten fan sound options and ten ambient noise options, a precise volume control, and a timer; and is small enough that, just like this reviewer, you can easily pack it for travel. Some reviewers even use it in their open office space.

    Get it on Amazon for $49.95.

    6. And a sunrise alarm clock that just might be the ultimate way to calmly wake up each and every morning — they even help some people wake up before the alarm goes off.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I hate mornings.

    k4e39fd4aa

    Get one with 3.6/5 stars on Amazon for $19.99. Or one with 3.9/5 stars on Amazon — I've used this model and like it for its sunset feature to help you fall asleep, plus its gradual wake-up sunrise — for $100.64.

    7. An access flosser, if your dentist keeps encouraging you to floss but you hate actually doing it. And gentle interdental brushes if you have a permanent bottom retainer (or braces) and find floss threaders annoying.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    "They look like a toothbrush handle where you snap on disposable floss heads. I hate regular flossing — floss cutting into my fingers, getting drool all over my chin and hands, trying to cram my hands into the back of my mouth to floss my molars (my dentist always complains that I have a tiny mouth, and it’s true). But those 'access' flossers make flossing as easy as brushing my teeth. I floss a lot more often now. And if you have braces or a permanent retainer, try interdental brushes! So much easier than floss threaders. My gums are happy, my dentist is happy."

    caroliner4f34a2a95

    Get an access flosser starter pack for $5.04 (comes with eight refills), and a pack of 96 interdental brushes for $14.04, both on Amazon.

    8. A pair of ~toe cappers~, which don't rely on a heel part to stay put, so you can kiss your high-heel and mule struggles good-bye.

    Target

    "My new fave! They don’t slip out for your heel because there is no heel part! Grips are on the bottom." —staceyr42a3dfb1a

    Get a pair from Target for $5, or something similar on Amazon for $4.55.

    9. An electric kettle — it's the simplest way to make cheap, easy meals without turning on your stove (or to get water boiling faster to use with pasta on the stove).

    Amazon

    "Love my electric kettle. It can boil a large amount of water for pasta in less than five minutes. In around a minute I can have hot water for cup of noodles, tea, or oatmeal. Plus it’s just a simple button to press and it automatically turns off."

    sarahl4f3facc19

    Get a one-liter kettle on Amazon for $19.98.

    10. A mini-steamer to quickly coax all the wrinkles out of your clothes, no ironing board required.

    BuzzFeed, amazon.com

    I hate ironing, but I also hate folding my laundry, so everything I own is wrinkled. It's like a magic wand for removing wrinkles. I finally look like an adult at work. I even steam my t-shirts now because you just look so much more put together when your clothes are wrinkle-free."

    maggiegracem2

    For more on why this particular one's great, read a BuzzFeed editor's mini steamer review. Tl;dr, this steamer's incredibly useful: it heats up in about 90 seconds, steams about five garments before needing refilled, and is all around perfect for anyone who doesn't want to wait too long or work too hard to get the wrinkles out.

    Get it on Amazon for $26.99.

    11. Or wrinkle-releasing spray that not only smooths out all the dents in one go, but also has a light, pleasant scent.

    amazon.com

    "You spray it onto your clothes, smooth it into the fabric, and bam! No more wrinkles! Works great when you’re in a rush and don’t have time to properly iron something." —kendral464ad75b4

    Get two bottles on Amazon for $13.94.

    12. A single-serve coffee maker and travel mug because you have enough going on during any given morning, and this will at least give you a good caffeine boost on the cheap with no fuss or effort.

    Amazon

    "The single serve coffee maker with matching travel cup is easy to set up the night before so all I need to do in the morning is press a button. It's also really easy to clean." —samanthareyes03

    The cup is dishwasher safe, of course, and you can use any travel mug you like with the coffeemaker, up to 16 ounces. The brewer comes with a permanent reusable filter, too, so all you do is dump in your grounds, add some water, and press the button when you're ready.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. A CrockPot — it'll let you enjoy delicious "set it and forget it" homemade dinners that basically cook themselves without spending too much of your hard-earned money.

    amazon.com

    "I can enjoy flavorful soups with very little effort involved on my part. Besides those, I like combining meat or beans with some spices and bouillon before work. Then when I get home I have the stuffing for enchiladas or wontons or pot pies. When you have a head start on cooking, you can work some pretty impressive meals into the regular rotation."

    bauxjangles

    "Because you can make healthy, tasty meals even if you’re kind of still broke and unprepared."

    skelleylia

    For recipes, check out 264 Slow Cooker Ideas For When You're Not Sure What To Make. And if you don't have one yet, get one on Amazon for $39.99.

    14. Or, if you're feelin' fancy and want to try something new and adventurous, a sous vide to make cooking perfectly tender proteins a walk in the park.

    Amazon

    "Our Joule Sous Vide has made prepping protein for the week on Sundays a breeze!"

    smorris228

    Basically, sous vide devices make sure your meat's always cooked just so: you enclose your meat in a plastic bag, submerge it in water, and the device heats the water to a precise temperature for an exact amount of time. You almost don't have to keep an eye on it at all. One of our Tasty writers used a different brand and loved it — here's her sous vide review.

    Get the Joule Sous Vide on Amazon for $199.

    15. A steam mop because it picks up basically every speck of dirt and grime on your sealed hard floors using only heated water, and all you have to do is leisurely push it around for a bit. (Oh, and that steam provides 99.99% sanitation, too.)

    amazon.com

    "I haaate washing the floors. A steam mop makes it so easy. No filling a bucket and dragging it around room to room. The cleaning cloths are washable, no cleaning products needed."

    laurae486e9cb98

    Get a highly-rated Shark Steam mop on Amazon for $59.99.

    16. A set of egg poachers that'll make topping your favorite toasts with a little protein simple and mess-free.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    "So you can get the perfect avocado toast. No mess!" —giannav4ad8ec9dd

    You simply spritz each poacher with a little cooking spray, crack an egg in each one, then put them into a pot or skillet with a few inches of boiling water and put the lid on. Let it go for three to six minutes, depending on how you like your eggs, and done!

    Get a set of four on Amazon for $12.97.

    17. Some sticky notes to help you remember the two most important things you're supposed to bring with you when you walk out the door today, if not everything else.

    Amazon

    "Notes because I’m very forgetful."

    denisew4d43c3cf6

    I for one definitely rely on sticky notes to remember all sorts of things. Get a pack of 24 70-sheet pads on Amazon for $14.71.

    18. A planner to help you set and achieve goals both big and small, keep track of small things like appointments and bills, and generally feel more on top of everything happening in your day to day.

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    "My planner. I cannot LIVE without my planner. I keep my lists, appointments, work schedule, bill due dates, etc. in my planner. And I take it everywhere, on errands, to work, on vacation, etc."

    sdcairon

    Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to get our picks for the best planner at three different price points.

    Or just get the Simple Elephant Planner (spoiler: our pick for the best in the lowest price range) on Amazon for $17.99+ (also available in pink or black).

    19. Or a customizable Erin Condren Life Planner so you can choose the cover, weekly layout, and add-on planning pages that work the best for your life.

    @erincondren / instagram.com

    "My Erin Condren life planner with the meal plan dashboard...it’s amazing and aesthetically appealing and efficiency inducing!" —katelynp43b9d67eb

    You can choose from dozens of covers, three different weekly layouts, and lots and lots of add-ons so your planner really reflects who you are. One of my good friends used their wedding planner the year she, well, planned her wedding, and I was impressed by how high-quality it was — after a year where she referenced it every single day, it stayed in great shape.

    Get one from Erin Condren for $55+.

    20. A magnetic dry erase white board because you'll be able to instantly see everything coming up in your life... and since you walk by it multiple times every day, it's less easy to ignore than a planner.

    Amazon

    "I’m able to easily schedule my month out and add some creativity with each month and season throughout the year!"

    anniedwyer

    "The dry erase calendar keeps everyone in the house aware of doctor's appointments, days off, random activities, and weekly assigned chores. It makes life easier with the 3 of us having different schedules."

    samanthareyes03

    Plus as plans change, you can just erase 'em!

    Get this one on Amazon for $22.52.

    21. An AM/PM pill organizer with removable daily compartments, so you can discreetly slip each day's doses in your pocket or purse.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    "For anybody who takes vitamins and/or pills this AM/PM pill organizer is a lifesaver. I love that I can pop out each day and take it with me, so I don't have to toss a prescription bottle in my purse all the time. And it's so easy to organize for the whole week. No more forgetting my vitamins, or trying to remember if I took my medication today. Hello success."

    saramariem2

    Get it on Amazon for $3.98.

    22. Or a poison ring / locket ring that's perfect for stashing away the one most important pill you're supposed to take in the middle of the day, so you have no more excuses *not* to take it.

    jennascifres / Etsy

    "It's not for what you think though! I am awful about keeping a good routine with my brain meds, and I'm always making excuses about why I missed it that day or reasons why I can't find a good set time to consistently take it. My mom gave me an antique poison ring that fits a single pill perfectly in it, so I always have it on me so I have zero excuses. You can find a bunch on eBay. Oh, and it's still super discrete so I don't have to pull out the whole bottle or have one of those pill containers jangling around or spilling everywhere."

    megans4d6182202

    And while there are lots of vintage ones out there, you can also get a fully-adjustable handmade one from Jenna Scifres Handmade Jewelry on Etsy for $16.99.

    23. A glass of wine here and there because wine is wonderful.

    Jon Premosch / Buzzfeed, @winc / instagram.com

    caitlynz413d0f5a5

    If you're like most of us and on a budget, check out our under-$25 box wine taste test — we loved Trader Joe's the best.

    But if you're feeling fancy about your wines or really want to explore ~new wines~, you could always try a wine club. Bek, an editor here at BuzzFeed, likes Winc for the experience and convenience. You take a quiz to get recommendations that match your taste (and that improve over time as you rate the wines you get). Get a subscription — wines start at $13 each.

    24. A shower chair because sometimes life brings unexpected challenges your way and finding little things to help you out can make a truly noticeable difference.

    Amazon

    "Shower chairs! Every form of employment I've had since my early 20's has been physically active. And later, exhausting. So, taking that relaxing shower at the end of a long, hard day, SEATED, means not having one more reason to be standing when your feet are killing you." —jennl4d3ec490c

    "I have fibromyalgia and a shower chair saves my day. Not using energy that is needed for more important things is great. Plus it's so much easier to shave with."

    cr1stalfairie

    Get them from Amazon: a small, backless shower stool for $27.95 or one with back support for $34.68.

    25. Some classic vinegar and baking soda, because they can clean all sorts of things.

    onegoodthingbyjillee.com, Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    "Seriously, get a box with two gallons of vinegar and then a big bag of baking soda."

    DawnYing

    For example: to clean a shower head, you simply fill a plastic bag with vinegar, sprinkle in a touch of baking soda, then tie it to the shower head with a rubber band. And to deodorize a mattress, you sprinkle baking soda over it, then vacuum up, according to One Good Thing By Jillee.

    Get a half-gallon of vinegar for $11.98 and a five-pound bag of baking soda for $3.41, both on Amazon.

    For other smart vinegar and baking soda cleaning tips, check out 42 Ways To Make Your Entire Home Cleaner Than It's Ever Been.

    26. A laundry delicates bag so you can stop the monster that lives in your dryer from stealing your favorite socks (not to mention help any clothes that need a little more T.L.C. last longer).

    Amazon

    "I know most people know them as lingerie bags, but I use them for any smaller item. No more lost socks!"

    l4fae487fc

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    27. A game-changing Dyson vacuum that's worth the price because it makes cleaning just SO much easier and if not somewhat enjoyable, at least less of a chore.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    christinab4f683084a

    "Just a couple of years ago I would have scoffed at the idea of buying a "designer" vacuum — but having recently seen the genuine difference a good vacuum can make, I decided to make the splurge. I tested a few more expensive models like the V8 and V10 (which were both more powerful and had longer running times), as well as cheaper models by other brands and ultimately decided that the Dyson V7 Motorhead would be the best option for my budget and space.

    I found it to be more than powerful enough for my hardwood floors, and it even ran smoothly over a thick and shaggy rug in my living area. The vacuum itself isn't too loud and actually makes the chore feel a little less tedious. My floors have never been so clean, and now I actually (semi-)enjoy vacuuming. For me, it was 100% worth the investment!" —BuzzFeeder Yi Yang, whose full review you can read in this roundup of game-changing home products.

    Get one from Amazon for $298.99, or a certified refurbished one from Groupon (for a limited time!) for $199.99.

    28. Or a highly-rated robo vac so your floors seem to magically keep themselves perfectly clean all the time, while all you do is scroll Instagram / get work done / chill with your family.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    "A robot vacuum! I pop it on whenever I know someone’s coming over and all my friends can’t get over how much I clean. Shhhh, don’t tell them!"

    mercedesd4b0cc1907

    This highly-rated Eufy robovac is very easy to use: just set its cleaning time with the remote control, then forget about it (well, until you need to empty the dust bin, which depends on how often you run it). It works on both hard floors like tile and wood as well as low-pile carpets.

    Get it from Amazon for $239.99.

    29. A bottle of Poo-Pourri, a gentle-scented spray that blocks bathroom odors before they even get started, so your bathroom always smells clean no matter what happens in there.

    Amazon

    "I bought it as a joke the first time, but it's so useful when you share a single bathroom for any reason."

    singingminnie07

    You spritz it in the toilet *before* you sit down to go, and it floats on top of the water, blocking any smells before they can escape into the air.

    Get it on Amazon: a 200 spray–bottle for $10.55 or a 400 spray–bottle for $17.19 (available in over 25 scents).

    30. And, of course, condoms. Because protection's basically always a good idea.

    MTV / Via butnotquite.tumblr.com

    addysmom12

    Get a pack of 36 Trojan Ultra Thin lubricated condoms on Amazon for $15.47.

    And because a little refresher never hurt anyone, learn about 19 Condom Mistakes You Might Be Making.

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