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    Oct 13, 2019

    29 Ways To Upgrade Your Home To Make It Look Like Adults Actually Live There

    How long do you have to have the whole adulting thing down before you can actually say you're an adult? Asking for a friend...

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    1. Invest in a coffee table with some storage so you have a place to hide all those random mailers and magazines you haven't gotten around to throwing out.

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    This one has a classic look to it and is made from certified sustainable wood.

    Promising review: "This was a great find for us. The style matches our living room, which is all white with hardwood floors. This is very sturdy for what it is made out of. The drawer is fiber board-type material as well and not real wood as it looks. The legs are real wood though and are simple, strong, and make the table feel as if it is floating." —Stephen Arp

    Get it from Amazon for $117.37.

    2. Replace your current mishmash of pots and pans with a sleek and modern set. (Bonus points if you match them to the colors in your kitchen.)

    Macy's

    The set includes a fry pan, 2 quart saucepan with lid, grill pan, 3 quart saucepan with lid, jumbo cooker with lid and helper handle, and a dutch oven with lid and recipe booklet. The pans are made of titanium ceramic non-stick and are built to last. Plus, they're dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "I come from background in 4 star restaurant, and these pans are just awesome. I have been looking for years and wanted to buy stainless, but after reading the reviews I decided to buy these and save about five hundred dollars. It was the best thing I ever did. Not only are they lovely to look at, but they brown evenly and boil quickly. I just made a large batch of spaghetti sauce and rinsed the pan, which came out clean then a small amount of dish soap." —Cast62

    Get this 10-piece set from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $145.59.

    3. Put up a mail and key organizer by your door so you'll never have to spend 10 minutes running frantically around the house screaming, "WHERE DID I PUT MY KEYS??" because they'll always be right on the hook.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Really good design and the price is right! I’ve been looking everywhere for a simple mail holder that had a somewhat thin profile and one that could mount to the wall (or in my case, a wooden panel)." —Brian

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).

    4. Store your blankets in a wire storage bin instead of the pile on the floor they're currently in. (Yep, I see you.)

    Target

    Promising review: "This us the best decorative storage bin ever! We use this in our living room to hold our blankets and throws. It's just the right size, and being wire, you see what all is inside, which helps make the space feel more open." —Ratamagirl

    Get it from Target for $21.99.

    5. Use a caddy in your shower so you actually have a place to organize all your products instead of just placing them on the edges of the tub or floor.

    Amazon

    My mom has one of these in the bathroom at home, and let me tell you, it's so much easier than having to bend to the ground to get shampoo and conditioner. Plus, this one has a space for your razor and any other miscellaneous items you need.

    Promising review: "I usually go for the cheapest when it comes to shower caddies because who really sees it? So, I loved the price of this, and what I got for the price was amazing! It is a sturdy metal with a pretty bronze metallic finish. It has a lot of room for multiple bottles/razors/ sponges. I feel like I graduated into adulthood when I upgraded to this metal caddy!" —Molly Hoyt

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    6. Commit to yourself to actually putting your clothes in a double hamper where you can pre sort your darks and colors, which in turn will make laundry day so much easier.

    Amazon

    This one holds up to four loads of laundry and includes two removable laundry bags so you can easily take them straight to the washer.

    Promising review: "I am now officially an adult with this hamper. You cannot see our dirty clothes, and I love it." —Caryn Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $39.96+ (available in single and double and in seven colors).

    7. Add a minimalist set of wood hooks to your wall to artfully hang (and display) your clothes and accessories and prove to everyone what great style you have.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Me: I'm going to put hooks on the back of the door.

    Wife: No you're not. No hooks, nothing, nada, never.

    Me: Here are the hooks for the back of the door.

    Wife: Oh, those are so nice!!" —Ihaveopinions

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two finishes).

    8. Replace your current leftover coasters from college bars with a nice coordinating set you'll actually want to use because they look great *and* they'll actually protect your furniture.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are beautiful coasters!! I love them and get compliments on them all the time. The holder is sturdy and so are the coasters. They have felt on the bottom so they don’t scratch your surfaces." —Sam Fisher

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three styles).

    9. Organize all your books on an actual bookcase and your apartment will look instantly look cleaner and more put-together.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This took me maybe 5 minutes to put together. It looks nice and a lot more expensive then it actually is. And it’s really sturdy too, not wobbly or anything, and no problems with the shelves bowing in the middle with the all the books I have on them. I love it!" —Savannah

    Get it from Amazon for $89.88.

    10. Store your cutting boards in an over-the-cabinet organizer, because you know your parents have a specific place for everything in the kitchen.

    Amazon

    This one holds four to five regular cutting boards and can be mounted to the wall as well.

    Promising review: "I'm really glad I got this. I have placed it on the cabinet door below my kitchen sink. I put my cutting boards as well as a few cooling racks there. It has really saved space on my counters, and I'm able to store this in a place that I wasn't using the anyway. It's a great space-saver, and it's a nice quality." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.87 (available in silver and brown).

    11. Put a hall tree by your door so even if you aren't lucky enough to have a coat closet, you have a place to put your coats, umbrellas, wet shoes, etc. when you get in the house instead of just throwing them on the floor...again.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "We got this for our entryway to keep shoes, bags, backpacks and such in a contained area. So far it is doing the job wonderfully. I was a little nervous about whether it would look as nice as the photos. It does! Rustic but sleek and goes with our traditional decor. It is sturdy but I would recommend that it be placed against a wall." —VA from Bama

    Get it from Amazon for $152.33+ (available in five colors).

    12. Keep toilet spray in your bathroom so the room always smells fresh and clean, even when you forget to actually clean it.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "We use this in our guest bathroom, and it has been an excellent product. It covers the smell perfectly but not in an overwhelming floral or sickly sweet scent. It's more of a fresh-nothing smell — precisely what you want. It's a bit expensive for the small bottle, but since you only need a small spray, it's lasting a long time." —Nick and Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59 (available in five scents).

    Read more about how great the Squatty Potty Unicorn Toilet Spray is here.

    13. Upgrade up your less-than-great couch situation for a grown-up futon. It's comfortable, looks amazing, and you'll have a place for your friends to sleep when they crash.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this couch. It looks great and is way more comfortable than I would be. I tested sleeping on it, and it's actually fairly comfortable as a futon as well. I love the modern look and the quality seems pretty good too. It was definitely a good buy, especially for the price" —Laura Allen

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $278.50+ (available in eight colors).

    14. Organize your plastic containers with a lid organizer so you don't experience an avalanche every time you open the cabinet.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "So many times lids fell on me when trying to retrieve plastic containers from the cabinet. This organizer has alleviated that problem. Now all of my lids are safe and nicely organized. They are easy to access. The organizer is sturdy and made of quality materials." —Geno Taylor

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    15. Invest in a vacuum cleaner that will actually make you want to vacuum. Seriously, this is a thing that can happen, trust me.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    I would know because I've been using the cordless Dyson for almost a year now. I used to DREAD vacuuming. I hated how long it took, how you had to keep stopping to unplug and replug in the cord, and how mundane the whole experience was. Well, not anymore. I honestly never thought I'd be the kind of person to get excited about getting a vacuum, but this baby is brilliant. I can vacuum my whole apartment in about 5 minutes (It's pretty small) without ever really stopping. Plus, it has different attachments that help me reach those hard-to-reach places (*cough, cough* under my couch) that haven't seen a vacuum in years.

    Promising review: "This has literally changed my life in that I can keep the house easily clean without dragging a huge heavy vacuum cleaner everywhere. It's well worth the price!" —Dianne Dorsey

    Get it from Amazon for $278.99.

    16. Put your butter in a butter dish so you'll never struggle to spread hard butter again.

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    Promising review: "This works great, and I love the very classic and clean lines. I use the standard butter stick, and it fits perfectly." —Kathleen M. Beeman

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    17. Put your television on a TV stand and you'll be able to hide all the cords and also have more storage and throw away that random table it's on right now. (Oh, that's only me? Okay.)

    Wayfair

    This one fits up to a 60" TV.

    Promising review: "Outstanding! Incredibly easy to put together and great quality. I am very impressed and so happy I purchased. " —Michelle

    Get it from Wayfair for $125.25+ (available in 12 colors).

    18. Use some marble self-adhesive film to make every surface in your home look 100x fancier and hide the fact that your apartment was such a great deal because it hasn't been updated in decades.

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    All you have to do is peel and stick the vinyl to walls, cupboards, furniture, shelves, or more. It's water resistant and can be removed without leaving any residue.

    Promising review: "Wow!!! I can't believe how much this brightened up our bathroom!! The paper is very thick and seems very durable!! It looks beautiful! It is mostly easy to install. Just takes some patience. I watched videos on how other people did it first before attempting it myself which I think really helped!! Using a blow dryer to smooth it on helps prevent bubbles getting caught underneath the paper. This $12 update made such a difference!!!"—Anna F.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.50+ (available in 10 sizes).

    19. Transfer all your current mashup of bags and boxes of snacks into clear containers so your pantry will look more organized and you'll actually be able to see all the food you have.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I will probably be buying these containers in all sizes. I never thought I'd be so excited over a food container, but these are just perfect! I ordered two the first time, and I'm expecting two more to arrive today. They are sturdy, dishwasher safe, airtight (so important to keep food fresh), and look very nice in my pantry. Instead of misshaped bags with ugly clips, now I have these containers that make my pantry look like I hired a professional organizer. They're not a hassle to open or close. They're worth every penny!" —ACHA

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 13 sizes).

    20. Add some light to your living room with a floor lamp that looks way more expensive than it actually is.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with this lamp. I've been looking for a similar floor lamp for a while but couldn't commit to one because they were quite pricey. This one was well priced and well worth the cost. It's super easy to assemble and looks great in my living room." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99+ (available in black and brass).

    21. Take advantage of all the storage space you have with a styling-tool organizer you hang on the inside of a cabinet door to keep your hair dryer and curling iron out of sight and tangle-free.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is the most amazing invention EVER! It holds your straightener, blow dryer, curling iron or whatever else you want to store in the third slot. Now my stuff is all right there when I open the cabinet in my bathroom and the cords are not all tangled up!" —Abeau01

    Get it from Amazon for $15.90+ (available in nine colors).

    22. Throw away all those random glasses you've inherited over the years and use a cohesive glassware set instead — you'll feel like a royal drinking from a non-plastic cup.

    Amazon

    This set includes four 12-ounce and four 16-ounce glasses.

    Promising review: "First of all, I constantly drop everything my hands come in contact with. After these arrived, I was cleaning them in the sink and one flew out of my hand and came crashing down. Not a scratch or a crack in sight. This is what I needed in my life. I am a grown ass woman and these look like grown up cups, but now when I drop them they don’t break. Do yourself a favor and buy these for when you have guests or if you’re just clumsy like me." —megan

    Get a set of 8 glasses from Amazon for $19.99.

    23. Put a side table next to your couch so you can stop tempting fate by balancing glasses on your arm.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this as a little end table between my couch and love seat. It's very cute, well made, and looks good. The basket is a little smaller than I thought it'd be, but it can fit smaller. sized blankets rolled up. It looks really nice. And it's pretty sturdy, even on a very plush rug."—Alyx Crenshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $41.75+ (available in three styles).

    24. Hang a A grocery bag dispenser in your pantry (or inside a cabinet) so you have a place to stash all the plastic bags you've accumulated instead of just hiding them in a closet and hoping for the best. ‾\_(ツ)_/‾

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    Promising review: "I had a handmade bag to hold my plastic grocery bags, FOR YEARS!! When it finally tore so badly that I could no longer use it, I found this item. It's perfect! It's well made, has a stainless finish, and no sharp edges. It's mounted on the inside of my cabinet door, making it very convenient, and freeing up some space in my cabinet. It holds 25-30 bags, probably more if you really stuff them in. I really like this dispenser." —Cubby

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    25. Get a bath mat (or replace the one you have — they can get gross fast) to ensure that you don't get water everywhere when you shower.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is perfect in every way! I ordered one and came back for two more. It's so soft under your feet. I’m using it in my bathroom and kitchen." —Florida33441

    Get it from Target for $8 (available in six colors).

    P.S. This is our pick for best inexpensive bath mat on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    26. Add a headboard to your bed to give the place you spend a lot of time an elegant feel.

    Wayfair

    This one is made of solid and manufactured wood and takes an average of one to two hours to put together.

    Promising review: "This headboard is beautiful!! It is a great quality, especially for the price. Plus, it was easy to assemble and is very sturdy. I LOVE it!!" —Catherine

    Get it from Wayfair for $133.56+ (available in full/queen and king and in four colors).

    27. Add a bar cart to your living/dining room so when you have guests over and offer them a drink from it (even if the booze are cheap) they'll instantly think that you're super fancy and have your life together, I guarantee it.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am absolutely in love with this gold bar cart! It is the perfect size for our apartment. I love the bottle holders at the bottom, and the gold is very nice. It wheels around smoothly, though we have it placed in one area of the house." —Brittany Michele Pruitt

    Get it from Amazon for $78.22+ (available in three styles).

    28. And while you're at it, invest in a mattress that will not only help you sleep better at night but also just make your place look more put together in general (and that doesn't require a box spring).

    Amazon

    This one has more than 8,000 five-star reviews on Amazon!

    Promising review: "Buying this mattress was the best first adult decision I ever made. It shipped fast and unrolled easy. And then I let it sit for 48 hours. Now I sleep in heaven every night. Stop thinking, just do it already!" —Diana

    Get a queen-size from Amazon for $289.

    Read BuzzFeed's full review of the Zinus mattress here and check out more mattresses here.

    29. Organize your shoes in a shoe rack so you don't trip on them when you walk in the door.

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    Promising review: "This shoe rack is awesome! It made a huge difference in my closet space with how many pairs of shoes I have. It's very simple to put together. I put all my boots and taller shoes on the top and everything else fit nicely underneath. It fits a lot of shoes compared to other racks I've looked at and is great quality for the price!" –Hotshot2567

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in two-, three-, four-, five- and eight-tier options).

    Now go pour yourself a glass of wine because you're an adult and you deserve it!

    Irony Point

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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