30 Essential Purchases To Make Before You Turn 30
Don't even think about turning 30 until you've obtained a slow cooker.
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2. A new mattress every seven to ten years, based on the National Sleep Foundation's recommendation.
5. A place to regularly hang your keys, like this magnetic key rack, because you won't always have a roommate to come to your rescue when you get locked out.
6. A weekly planner, so you aren't jotting down your appointments on random sticky notes (and then losing those sticky notes) anymore.
8. Frames, to update the shabby wall adornments that may have passed as "art" in your dorm but are no longer fooling anyone.
9. A heavy-duty, odor-free, sensor-activated (and easy-on-the-eyes) trash can you won't mind keeping out in the open.
10. A vitamin and supplement plan, like Care/of, which sends a personalized pack to your doorstep every month.
11. Speakers to use around the house that are not your laptop's — like this highly rated Bluetooth option.
17. An all-natural leather cleaner and conditioner to reverse all the years of wear and tear on your couch, shoes, and bags.
18. A tub and tile scrubber, because you've forgotten what color your bathroom floor is supposed to be.
21. A "homeowner's toolkit," which contains all the basic tools you need for fixing problems around your home. (And no, you don't actually need to own a home.)
24. A set of placemats to finally tie together your kitchen decor, which has been in a perpetual TBD state.
25. A slow cooker, so you can finally join the Crock-Pot cult and talk endlessly about your life-changing recipes.
26. A handheld steamer to have on hand for special events that warrant a more put-together look. (Or, why not steam a pillow or two?)
27. A set of classy folders that you can use for important meetings or to organize important personal documents.
29. A piece of furniture to plop all the books — and other odds and ends — you've accumulated over the years.
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