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    Updated on Sep 26, 2019. Posted on Sep 20, 2019

    31 Things To Buy When You Decide It's Finally Time To Become Responsible

    *checks calendar* hmmm it seems like today is the day to finally grow the heck up.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A magnetic meal planning pad with a detachable shopping list for when you want to really commit to cooking at home.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this meal planner and shopping list! In my house, it was constantly 'what do you want to eat,' 'what do we have,' blah blah, etc. Now, I can lay out the week's meals and get my shopping list prepared so I make sure I don't miss anything at the grocery store. The magnet on the back is strong and holds it to the fridge perfectly, even with the door opening and closing constantly. The perforation is good and doesn't stray off into the paper like some cheaper papers do. Will be buying again when my current one gets low." —Haley

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    2. A pack of Affresh tablets to make sure the thing making your dishes clean is also clean.

    Amazon

    Read our review of Affresh cleaning tablets!

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener no longer was doing its job, so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine, per instructions, and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully on a monthly basis, as recommended. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.38.

    3. A John Frieda hot hair brush for when you wanna look like you have an in-home stylist at your beck and call.

    amazon.com

    Read a BuzzFeed editor's full review of the John Frieda hot air brush.

    Promising review: "Let's face it. It's near-impossible to get a salon blowout at home. Your arms get tired and trying to manage a brush and blow dryer is a feat in it of itself. I thought I would give this brush a try. Well, it's not just good — it's great! I love this brush! I actually like the way my hair turns out with this styler better than what I get at the salon — seriously. I love my hairdresser, and she does a great job, but I have actually gotten more compliments on my hair when I do it myself with this tool. I will probably get two more to give to my daughters as well — that's how much I love it. I almost purchased another brand online that was closer to a hundred dollars, thinking the more you pay the better it is. Glad I didn't because this one is great, and you can't beat the price!" —debbie

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in two sizes).

    4. How Not to Kill Your Houseplant — a helpful guide to consult when you want to try to care for something more demanding than a plastic cactus.

    Amazon

    This has information on 50 different types of popular houseplants along with cute illustrations.

    Promising review: "Really great guide to houseplants. I am an experienced outdoor vegetable gardener who has never had much success with houseplants. The only one I've ever been able to keep alive is George, my un-killable Aspidistra (Iron Plant). Thanks to this book and the more detailed, but less cute, book 'Practical Houseplant,' I now have a little forest of air cleaning plants, succulents, retro '70s plants (rubber plant and Swiss cheese plant), and even two indoor banana trees — all healthy and happy. Even George is happier than ever, with new leaves." —Jo

    Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

    5. A pack of workout cards for when you're motivated to start exercising but not quite motivated enough to join a gym.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'd highly recommend this and all FitDeck products! We generally work out for an hour at a time — start with a one- to two-mile run, then do a handful of FitDeck cards, then about 10 minutes of stretching. The hour goes by really fast. By shuffling the cards and drawing them in random order, you get something different for each workout, which keeps it from getting boring. Since I have to look at a card every minute or so, it also keeps me mentally engaged, so I don't zone out. We usually didn't work out when we traveled, but now we take the bodyweight FitDeck with us so we make it a point to at least squeeze in a light workout. We love it!" —S. Berg

    Get them from Amazon for $14.39 (available in three styles).

    6. A reliable hand vacuum you'll end up lending out to everyone who made the mistake of investing in a less sturdy model.

    Amazon

    I love this handvac sooo much. It's lightweight and it sucks up anything you put in its path. Everyone should have a reliable hand vac in their home for those little spills and emergencies.

    Promising review: "I liked this vacuum so much, I sent all my children this vacuum for Christmas! So handy for crumbs or flour spills in kitchen. Drop a glass...use it right away to get the small shards or chips of glass. Quick hair grabber in bathrooms. See a dust bunny behind the couch? Get it quickly without dragging out your large vacuum. NO chord. Sits on charger, ready to go 24/7." —mike in sw.

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    7. A pet hair remover that'll pull all the fur off your belongings. It turns out that white fur coat you own is actually a black denim jacket???

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Holy cow this is magic. I have a 230 pound Mastiff. I have purchased any and everything claiming to get dog hair off car carpet. I have used at least three different vacuums and attachments. Lately I have been using a microfiber towel because it had some grip. Then this piece of magic arrived. It gets every single hair no matter how embedded. There were hairs I had a hard time removing with my fingers. The Fur-Zoff pulled them right out. This has cut my hair removal time in half! Thank you for this savior of a tool." —David R.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    8. A makeup brush shampoo to ensure that the brushes that touch your delicate face are in tip-top shape.

    Amazon

    This solution is free of parabens, phthalates, petroleum, and perfume!

    Promising review: "I'm terrible when it comes to taking care of my makeup and brushes. Those badger brushes I paid a ton for? Pretty sure they were still holding onto powder and eyeshadow from six years ago. In a rare moment of responsibility, I finally broke down and started looking for a brush cleaner. I picked this one based almost entirely on the add-on pricing. Well, I can happily say that this cleaner does a bang-up job! My brushes were saturated with old color, to the point that I thought I might need to spring for a new set. A little of this cleaner, a handful of seconds working it in and rinsing, and my brushes look practically as good as the day I bought them! Saved me a ton of money in new brushes, and it didn't take away from my being-lazy time!" —ysar

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

    9. A teeny-tiny trashcan that fits in your car's cup holder so you have no excuse for all the gum wrappers and tissues littering the passenger seat.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "It’s ridiculous how much I love these! The push part is on a spring so it stays closed when you aren’t pushing it, and of course it perfectly fits in the cup holder of our vehicles. Pro tip: a quart sized Ziploc is the perfect size to add as a liner and fold over the top to keep the inside clean!" —Chaos Coordinator

    Get it from Amazon for $6.58.

    10. A handheld steamer for when you finally want to look polished and professional at work. Crisp clothes won't guarantee a promotion, but it could certainly help.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I needed something to get the wrinkles out of a few different dresses and hate to iron. I ordered this thinking it would be something I'd just use at home, but it's so compact that I'll definitely be traveling with it as well. It heats up fast and is easier than ironing. Very much worth the $20 I paid for it!" —Jessica L.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    11. Drawer liners that extend the life of your produce, in case wilted spinach was the only thing standing between you and making yourself a healthy meal.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought a new refrigerator so thought I would do it right. Great product; lets the air get under the fruit/veggies and keeps them fresh longer and keeps the drawers cleaner, too." —M. Kopp

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $3.99.

    12. A pack of silicone straws so you can keep sipping on your bevvies but without harming any sea turtles in the process. Expect a thank you note from Mother Nature in the mail.

    Amazon

    This comes with 10 straws, a carrying case, and a cleaning brush. They're also dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I originally started out using the stainless steel straws — but I lived in this relentless, looming anxiety that I would chip my tooth on them...to the point where I dreaded using my straws. Which defeats the point! I thoroughly enjoy that you can chew on these. 😂 Five stars all around, they come with simple baggy to take them for travel, AND a cleaner utensil. They're super low maintenance, because they give you the proper care and cleaning tools. They also donate to the OCEANA campaign effort to save the ocean!" —Amy Marquez-Vincent

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $8.95.

    13. An Aerogarden countertop garden for a foolproof way to grow fresh herbs at home. Pizza night is gonna be sooo much better with basil you grew all by yourself.

    Macy's

    This kit includes the countertop garden, Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil, and Miracle-Gro plant food. It'll alert you when the plants need more food or water, so it does all the hard gardening for you! Read the whole review for this Aerogarden.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $129.99 (available in two colors).

    14. A tongue scraper to rid yourself of all the nasty goo on your tongue. Bad breath stands no chance against you when you're armed with one of these babies.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Halitosis be toast! My husband has always had an issue with bad breath even though he's ridiculously meticulous about his oral hygiene. Seriously, I've never met someone who flosses as much as he does and he never skips a tooth brushing, no matter how tired he is. Yet he still had the most rancid breath. Enter the tongue scraper! Just like that — BAM! No more bad breath at all!" —Kelly A Torres

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (available in two finishes).

    15. A foot stretcher and spiky ball for plantar fasciitis sufferers who keep saying they're gonna stretch and then end up sitting on the couch relaxing instead. This rocker turns stretching into a fun game!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis, and this is the PERFECT tool for a deep stretch. I do yoga and stretch like it’s my job, but I can never quite get those soleus muscles to relax. If you have extremely tight calves or medical conditions like myself, this is definitely for you. It’s also great for a hamstring and glute stretch!" —Kristin

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    16. A helpful book that understands your growing pains and guides you through the hazards of being an adult.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Almost Adulting, in my opinion, is geared towards a wide range of people. Those in their teens, and those who are adults already but struggle sometimes to actually adult. Fortunately, I'm already an adult and fall into this category. While I already knew about some of the tips in Arden's book from my whole 24 years of living, I still found this book entertaining and a good three-hour read in my spare time." —Violet

    Get it from Amazon for $10.88.

    17. A clothes folding board to get neat and tidy duds every dang time. No more drawers brimming with crumpled clothing!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "You would think folding is simple, but with this product, it's a perfect fold every time. It makes a pile of clothing so compact. Everything is uniformly folded. Makes putting clothes in drawers so much neater and more orderly. It makes my life easier." —S. Erhart

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    18. A millipede drain snake that harnesses the power of two slithery animals to help you pull up all the hair and gross gunk clogging up your drains. Plumbers are not invited in this house!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought one of these because of the testimonial reviews and I thought, with six kids I know we have slow drains. So I break it out on a Saturday night and started with my bathroom sink. OH MY GOSH! Disgustingly amazing. In two seconds I pulled out a massive hair/soap clog. It was truly amazing and so gross! I went to work on the other bathroom drains and they weren't nearly as amazing or as quick but I pulled a bunch of dried hair out of the kids' tub. So after five drains, I had my fun. I've spent a small fortune on Drano-type products that never seem to work. I won't buy them again. I was even so amazed I shared the nasty pic on Facebook and didn't think twice about somebody judging me. Get this. And be prepared to throw it away as you're not going to want to clean it." —Jennifer R. Little

    Get it on Amazon for $4.86.

    19. A bottle of liquid, peeling latex — paint it around your nail before applying your nail polish. No matter how sloppy you are, your manicure will always look neat when you pull away the latex guard.

    amazon.com

    It has over 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon!

    Promising review: "I'm a fan! This definitely helps a lot when we're doing our own nails. Easy to apply, dries fast, and peels off super easily." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    20. A drawer liner that forces you to stay organized. It has slots for everything, so you can't let your storage space slip back into chaos.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have two kitchen drawers that were so cluttered I could never find anything. I had been searching for a good organizer and decided to give this a try. I am so glad I did! This product is wonderful. I couldn't believe how much I was able to fit in the drawer with this system. (I bought two-one for each drawer.) Everything is in its place and stays perfectly." —Darcy

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in four colors).

    21. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets to revive that old, slimy water bottle you kind of have been ignoring for...months.

    amazon.com

    Just fill the bottle with water and drop in a tablet. Let it work its magic for half an hour and then rinse out.

    Promising review: "In all fairness, I first heard of this product while watching Shark Tank, and their pitch was impressive so I gave the underdog a try. Now, I'm on my fourth re-order. My whole family drinks out of various name brand bottles, coffee mugs, etc. The fact is, they are rarely cleaned because they are a part of our daily lives and they are a pain in the ar$e to clean, because of the inconvenience that they are not dishwasher-safe, or don't fit. The answer is these tablets. They work and they're simple to use." —K.R.

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8 or 36 for 22.

    22. An oven cleaner because you can't rely on the self-cleaning feature alone. I know, I know, but someone had to say it: Your oven is gross.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm a little embarrassed to write this review; it's been six years since my last oven cleaning. After seeing the results, I couldn't help but spread the word. Sure, it took some beer, a little John Mayer, and a lot of elbow grease, but I got the job done, thanks to this handy little product. It did require two treatments; however, given the circumstances, this product accomplished quite a feat in just an hour." —William

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    23. A ball of slime putty that's really fun to play with — but don't forget to use it to clean up anything with lots of nooks and crannies.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first. I was afraid my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! The opposite, it cleaned it as good as new. Got all those dog hairs between the keys! No smell lingering on the keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it except a clean keyboard. Kind of fun to play with. LOL." —Billy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    24. A blessedly effective carpet cleaner capable of turning your brown carpet into whatever color it was when you bought it.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful product. I have an older dog who can't always wait until I get home from work so accidents occasionally happen. I have a Hoover Rug Scrubber and this product is very easy to use with my machine. Carpet Miracle works amazingly well on stains and odors, even those that have set for a while. I did the carpet in the 'room of shame' twice just to be sure, although for normal soil and odors once should be more than enough. It leaves behind a wonderful clean, fresh scent, and the carpet feels and looks wonderful. I plan on continuing to use this product to keep my carpets clean and my home smelling fresh." —Vicky Faurot

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    25. A wood polish that can miraculously erase water stains and scratches. It's time to start treating your furniture with respect!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places. We also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were. Several other areas were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magical eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    26. A hanger organizer to solve your horrible hanger-nest problem you've been suffering through in silence all these years.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The struggle with hangers has been real for quite some time, I wish I would have known about this thing sooner! This has saved me a TON of room and hassle!"—Kara

    Get it from Amazon for $16.30 (available in six packs).

    27. A stain-removing spray so you can reclaim your bathroom from that horrible orange glow! No one is gonna wanna visit you if you're bathroom looks radioactive.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Holy wizardry! Seriously it was more work to clean the mirror over the vanity than use this product. I definitely suggest wearing a mask or bandana and running the ventilation fan if spraying in an enclosed area. Great product!" —Jessica B

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19.

    28. A shopping bag strap to make carrying a bunch of bags at once a total breeze. You're gonna need it now that you're buying all those fruits and veggies!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've tried so many different products that are supposed to allow you to carry multiple bags at once, but nothing has worked as well as this! It's easy to use: just hold one end of the handle and thread the other end through the handles on the bags. Carrying the bags over my shoulder works really well for me because it allows me to spread the weight of the bags over my hips and back rather than taking all the weight on my shoulder. It's very well-made, sturdy, and really makes your life easier. It's worth the money." —S. Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in four colors).

    29. And a Baggu or three to help replace all those plastic bags you normally get at the grocery store.

    Amazon

    I have a Baggu and love it! It can fit a ton of stuff, but is made with a thin material so it can be packed down small. That means I can throw it any purse and always have it on hand in case I hit the grocery store, farmer's market, book store, or pharmacy on the way home.

    Get one from Amazon for $12 (available in 40 patterns).

    30. A digital food scale with a conversion chart etched on the front so you can stop eye-balling it and start making consistently good meals.

    Macy's

    It measures grams, ounces, pounds, milliliters and fluid ounces Read the whole review for this scale.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $19.59.

    31. An under-desk peddling device so you can do something about your fidgeting feet that's not, say, kicking Ted from accounting for chewing too loudly.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this thing. I have a job where I sit for eight hours a day and don't want to pay hundreds for the standing desk. It doesn't fit perfectly under my desk, my knees bang, but it's small enough I can pull it out and push it back in when I need to. It doesn't slide and so far doesn't make noise. It does get hot pretty quickly but I try to use it at 10- to 20-minute intervals. It's enough to get my heart rate up a little and keep the blood pumping. I highly recommend this. My coworkers saw mine and bought their own the same day. I've noticed I don't get that 3 p.m. slump either, so it's eliminated the need for afternoon caffeine of any sort just by moving more." —CLM

    Get it from Amazon for $17.06.

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