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    33 Things You'll Probably Want If You Recently Moved Into Your Parents' Empty Nest

    No shame in moving back home — these products will make it just a little more comfortable.

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    1. An EveryPlate meal subscription because not all of us have parents who'll cook us homemade meals every night.

    burger and sweet potato fries included in an Every Plate meal subscription
    EveryPlate / Via Instagram

    When it's your night to make dinner, EveryPlate will be a lifesaver. Their chef-curated mealkits are only $4.99 per serving, and you can order enough meals for up to four people from one to three nights per week. Affordable, easy to make, AND your parents will be satisfied = wins all around. There's also no commitment, which means you can easily cancel or freeze anytime.

    Get started with EveryPlate for $4.99+.

    2. A do-not-disturb sign for your bedroom door so your parents stop walking in on you mid-lecture, work call, what-have-you.

    sliding do-not-disturb sign, one side says "welcome please knock" with a green background and the other side says "do not disturb" with a red background

    This sign has a magnetic back, so you'll need some 3M Command strips if you want to stick it on your bedroom door.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two colors).

    3. A Nectar mattress because your twin bed from middle school just isn't going to cut it anymore. Plus, investing in a new mattress now means you'll have one less thing to worry about when you move into your own place down the road.

    Product photo showing the Nectar mattress styled in a bed room

    Nectar's gel memory foam mattresses provide firmness, coolness, breathability, and comfort. They ship in box, so upon delivery, all you need to do is unfold it and watch it rise! It also does away with annoying mattress salesmen or awkwardly figuring out how to get a mattress into your house and into your bedroom.

    Get one from Amazon for $399+ (available in twin-Cal king).

    4. A healthy supply of earplugs so that you're technically not lying when you tell your parents you didn't hear them calling your name asking you to mow the lawn or do the dishes.

    mack's ultra soft earplugs packaging

    Promising review: "I'm a sensitive sleeper and also when it comes to noise, a sensitive person in general. I live in a roommates type situation, so I use earplugs every time I need to sleep, and also if I just feel like blocking out any excessive noise. (I'm kinda like a cat, lol, in that loud noises can bother me) These earplugs are the ones I always buy, and are super soft and comfortable. I have no issue with them staying in my ears while I sleep, and sometimes they are so comfy that I even forget they are in my ears." —desertrider

    Get them from Amazon for $9.89.

    5. Or a pair of noise-canceling headphones to leave on your ears so that at any time you can say, "Sorry, I'm on a call right now" when you're actually just blasting your favorite tunes.


    Promising review: "I wanted to find a pair of decent wireless noise-canceling headphones for travel. The Cowin E7 headphones fit the bill and the budget. I'd rate the sound quality on the E7's as very good. They perform as advertised, with a strong base. I was impressed by the wireless range with Bluetooth, as I could walk into another room without any decrease in perceived audio bit-rate. But Bluetooth has its quirks sometimes, so I'm glad that the headphones come with a regular 1/8 inch stereo jack as a backup if the wireless is having issues." —Eric Husby

    Get them from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in seven colors).

    6. And a white-noise machine that'll help you fall asleep at night, especially if your parents have retired to the woods and leave you alone in complete silence when they go to bed at like, 9 p.m. (it's scary, I speak from experience).

    Reviewer photo showing white-noise machine in wood grain

    This white-noise machine obviously plays white noise, but also has 13 other soundtracks including three lullabies, one fan sound, and five relaxing natural sounds.

    Promising review: "Visually this speaker is very nice and modern looking. Controls took me a second but that’s because you have to tap and hold the speaker to turn it on. And a single tap turns on the night light. It sounds great and the different options of noise is a relief if you don’t like plain white noise. The only thing I don’t like about it is that the volume controls are the same buttons that change the sounds. If you tap the button it will change sounds so you need to hold it to adjust volume which can be annoying." —Andrew

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in four colors).

    7. And some new linens because your parents held onto your old set and you would rather sleep on rocks than confront the horror of those sheets when you wake up every morning.

    Amazon Basics sheet set in aqua fern

    Promising review: "Yes. I am a struggling young adult with only one, that's right, ONE set of sheets. Over the two years my one poor set of sheets took a beating. They saw countless menstrual cycles, various cold and flu viruses, dogs, and sleep overs. I meticulously washed and bleached those sheets until one day I took them from the wash and noted that they were beyond bleaching or stain removal. I searched high and low, but to no avail. Why... Why were simple square pieces of fabric $50.00!?!?!? I could not afford this. So I searched. I searched high and I searched low. It was here. Here I discovered them. Plain white sheets at a modest and affordable price. So I bought them. I made my bed and I laid in it. And I can tell you that yes. They are in fact sheets that you can sleep in." —Victoria Yost

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 44 colors and twin-Cal King).

    8. An affordable bookcase so you can proudly display all the photos, books, memories, and trinkets you've accumulated since college, because all the other shelves in your parents' home seem to be reserved for the accomplishments of your younger sibling.

    Product photo showing Imogen ladder bookcase in black

    Promising review: "I couldn't be happier with my ladder shelf. The color is exactly how it looks in the picture, and I love that it's not too high - reachable even at the very top. It took my boyfriend about an hour to assemble, and he said everything was clearly identified and simple. This ladder shelf is better than most in my opinion because it has a small backing or ledge against each shelf (about 3 inches) that will prevent items from slipping down the back—smart design. It does not look cheap, it has a modern vibe and is well made. No complaints!" —Michelle

    Get it from Wayfair for $93.99 (originally $209, available in three colors).

    9. A roll of food container labels that'll ensure your leftover take-out doesn't "mysteriously disappear" before you have the pleasure of reheating it the next day.

    Food storage container with food in it and a label adhered to the outside of it

    Promising review: "Love these labels! They are the best I've ever used. They go on and stay on, and don't fall off in the freezer as have happened with other labels. They have a good surface to write on too. Not waxy like some. Then when I put them in the dishpan, poof, gone. No sign they were ever there. No residue anywhere I've found. Will definitely buy them again. A very good product that actually is as good as I'd hoped. That doesn't happen often." —Marjorie L. Swanson

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95.

    10. A very mini mini fridge to hide in your room — it's the perfect size for chilling (and hiding) things like your CBD water and expensive skincare products.


    Promising review: "Adorable. Very tiny size, can fit six canned beverages across the top and bottom. Very lightweight, you can just hold the handle on top and leave for a trip with it. I am going to fill some drinks at the bottom and have small cosmetics (that needs to keep in cold temperatures) so it feels refreshing." —Mari

    Get it from Amazon for $39.09+ (available in five colors).

    11. A convenient laptop desk that doubles as a tray to bring your parents breakfast in bed (LOLOLOLOL).

    Product photo showing the SONGMICS bamboo laptop desk being used by a model to eat and read in bed

    Promising review: "After looking at what seemed like hundreds of different types of lap desks, I came across this one and it caught my eye. I love the little drawer on the side. It's great for storing a pen and notepad, and even a calculator (I also take classes online). And it easily supports my giant laptop. It's lightweight and easy to carry up and down the stairs. The desk portion has an adjustable slant, which is helpful, as well. The only thing I don't like is that there is nothing that locks the legs open and closed, so you'll want to watch your fingers. I've pinched the hell out of myself once or twice trying to move things around. So be careful!" —ShannaBanana

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    12. A set of bed risers to maximize storage in the makeshift basement bedroom your parents have put you up in.


    Promising review: "When I saw these risers I immediately thought "how clever." By stacking them, or not, you have the choice of three heights. Living in a small condo, space is always at a premium. At this time I'm using only the 3-inch risers and have stashed two saw horses and a piece of plywood for "work bench" top. And, also two folding patio chairs. What a difference 3 inches makes. I'll probably use the 5-inch risers later. But having the option to raise the bed by 3, 5 or 8 inches is amazing. So far, two weeks since installed, the bed casters are safely nestled in the risers and do not move on my carpeted floor." —Fussy Guy Garrett

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two colors).

    13. Cord labels that'll end the argument about missing phone chargers once and for all.


    Promising review: "We used these to label charging cords to avoid people stealing from each other. Works very well. It would also work very well to label plugs for an entertainment center." —Sammy

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

    14. A Winc subscription to guarantee at least four bottles of wine end up on your doorstep each month.

    Photo showing four bottles of wine in a Winc subscription box

    Check out my colleague's full review of this service!

    Get started with Winc for $13+/bottle.

    15. And a bottle of red wine stain remover that'll restore your parents' carpet after you, oops, spill your recently delivered wine.

    Promising review: "I spilled red wine on my new white shirt and after feeling sad and mopey, I decided to try this! It worked like a charm, the stain came out and it was a good price. Instead of trying to get your shirt dry cleaned try this first because it will save you time and money!" —Cora S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.23

    16. A stress relief candle made with 100% soy wax and infused with lavender oil, chamomile, and bay leaf so you can always be prepared for a little R&R.

    Stress Relief candle from Moon Goddess
    Moon Goddess Shop / Etsy

    Moon Goddess Shop is a queer-owned business in Brooklyn, NY specializing in hand-crafted candles.

    Promising review: "This is my third candle and I’m still in love! The candle invigorates my mind, body, and soul! I will buy more!! Great packaging!" —Nicole

    Get one from Moon Goddess Shop on Etsy for $23.50

    17. And a back and neck massager that's basically a personal masseuse whenever you need one.

    Reviewer photo demonstrating how the Naipo Shiatsu massager fits over the shoulders

    Promising review: "My first thought when I used this was 'I want everyone to have this for Christmas!' It works so well and is so easy to use. Super nice quality materials used, and one of my favorite convenience factors is that it comes with a car adapter! I know people that have problems with back pain while driving, and this is something that would be SO nice to keep in the car for those long road trips! I am so excited about this massager. Awesome value!" —Trista

    Get it on Amazon for $49.99.

    18. A honeycomb organizer to help you feel like you're somewhat organized and getting your life together.

    Reviewer's drawer with individual pairs of underwear tucked into the honeycomb organizer

    The organizer can be trimmed to fit in any size drawer.

    Promising review: "Okay, admittedly, I am a bit of an organization freak. I purchased two of these organizers (yes, you do need two PER drawer) to organize my underwear drawer. I agree that $20 seems like a lot to pay for a few pieces of plastic to organize a drawer no one else really sees, but... it's totally worth it. The gratification I got from being able to see exactly what I had, neatly organized, easy to find... Wow. I definitely recommend this product. And the actual dividers are well-made and super easy to assemble. As a previous reviewer said, the number of times you will look at your drawer and be totally satisfied makes the price well worth it." —Brigette

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    19. A foldable, reusable bag because you do the grocery shopping now, and your parents still swear by using an excessive amount of disposable plastic bags just to stockpile them under the kitchen sink.


    Promising review: "This is my second Baggu purchase. I have previously purchased one other standard nylon Baggu as well as the baby Baggu, which I frequently use to carry my lunch or for small shopping errands. I love that the Baggu of any size is so lightweight and can be folded up neatly into a pouch to drop into a purse, trunk, wherever. I keep one in my handbag, office desk drawer and car, and have found it much easier to avoid unnecessary usage of plastic shopping bags. It also takes up a lot less space than my other reusable bags, which makes storing them convenient and easy. Finally, the best part is that the Baggu is washable, which means no worrying about getting it dirty over time. Overall, this has been a great product that I would recommend to anyone looking to reduce plastic bag usage with a much more reliable and convenient carry option." —Sherlockian

    Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in 45 colors).

    20. A dishwasher magnet because we all know that asking if the dishes are clean can trigger a much larger argument.

    White and black octagon magnet that says dirty on one side and clean on the other

    Promising review: "My kid always used to ask, 'MOM ARE THESE CLEAN OR DIRTY DISHES?' Now, I don’t have to answer the same question over and over again. Thank you! It works great. I just stick it to the dishwasher and turn it so they know if the dishes are clean or dirty. I’ve had this for five or more years now. I love it." —Brighteyez

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    21. A Did you feed the dog? magnetic slider that, again, helps limit in-person, verbal communication to avoid any blow ups.

    The magnetic slider that says "did you feed the dog?" at the top and lists each day of the week with the option to check off AM or PM on it

    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just to see if it's green and if not I feed them and indicate it, we all love it so much." —Toni Deegan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    22. A five-pack of stretchy fidget tools to help you destress and cope with your daily frustrations.

    Model stretching the noodle like toy

    Promising review: "Perfect sensory toy. I’m glad this comes as a multipack because my kiddo with Down syndrome is obsessed. He needs something to twirl pretty much any time he’s awake and this is great. They’re super stretchy, but don’t get long enough during twirling to, say, hit your brother in the face in the car, so that’s nice. (One less battle and everyone is happy!) Easy to clean and sanitize, and they seem to be incredibly durable after a month of the green one being used about 13 hours a day — and as serious fidgeter has been testing the limits. We got the most massive smile when the orange one was presented yesterday. A new color? Life is awesome! Wait until he sees the other three hiding in the closet. Haha! I have no hesitation recommending this item." —I'm me

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    23. A shoe rack so your kick collection never gets trampled by your parents' dirty gardening boots in the mud room.

    a reviewer's photo of their shoes neatly organized on the three-tiered rack

    Promising review: "This shoe rack is awesome! Made a huge difference in my closet space with how many pairs of shoes I have. Very simple to put together. I put all my boots and taller shoes on the top and everything else fit nicely underneath. Fits a lot of shoes compared to other racks I've looked at and is great quality for the price! I give 5 stars." —Hotshot2567

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two, three, four, or five tiers).

    24. An Atlas Coffee Club subscription because the only coffee you can get in your parent's little town is from a gas station.

    Styled product photo showing all different kinds of coffee

    Atlas Coffee Club allows you to try coffee from over 50+ different countries! You can purchase individual bags (though some are only available with a subscription) OR receive different bags bi-weekly or monthly with their delivery service. Check out our full review of Atlas Coffee Club.

    Get a subscription from Atlas Coffee Club for $9+.

    25. And a cold brew maker so that during this time of change and uncertainty, your iced coffee habit can remain strong as ever.

    three panels with hands filling the iced coffee maker with grounds, the maker steeping, and the finished coffee being poured into a glass

    Be sure to check out my colleague's full review: "If You Drink Iced Coffee Year Round, You Need This Under-$20 Cold Brew Maker."

    Promising review: "This is amazing! I bought this for a gift for my husband who drinks iced coffee all year long. He says it makes such a smooth-tasting and strong iced coffee. He gets two drinks out of each batch that he makes. It's easy to clean and can go in the dishwasher. It's durable — I know as I'm clumsy and have dropped it several times without an issue. We are considering getting a second one!" —rnnichole

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in two sizes).

    26. Stainless-steel collapsible straws because your parents apparently didn't get the memo.

    the metal straws with blue silicone tips placed in different sized glasses

    Promising review: "This is a two-pack of stainless-steel collapsible straws with silicone tips. You get the two straws, a cleaning brush, and a drawstring bag for storage. The silicone ends come off for cleaning and they are different colors so you know whose is whose. These are good for people who don't like drinking straight from the can or bottle. My elderly mother has trouble lifting her arm far enough to drink from water bottles so she uses straws, and she likes these because she now has her own straw she can use wherever she is. Saves using plastic straws and the storage bag easily fits in a pocket or purse." —John

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line on Amazon for $12.99.

    27. An Echo Dot so that, alas, you can ask what time it is without getting the snarky, Dad joke-esque response of "time for you to get a watch."

    a white echo dot on a side table

    Promising review: "I had no idea I'd love Alexa so much. I wake up in the morning and she does the routine I've set up, and she's so comforting and useful and fun overall. My husband and I played Skills trivia games for hours last night. If we had kids it would be even more super useful (kids workouts, stories, games) — we even had a goodnight story read to us by Alexa and it was awesome. I'm really loving it. The Echo Dot itself is pretty great — the sound quality is pretty good, the bass when turned up is not that great, but if you really want to rock out you can connect it to other speakers or just use something else instead. I'm really surprised by how much I like the Alexa app (and the Echo Dot), because I'm a little resistant to technology, but it's pretty easy to figure out and feels like a new little buddy in the home. I'm excited to get some SmartHome stuff now so I can turn on/off lights, heat, etc. Really cool, though, overall — I feel like Judy Jetson!" —Leah

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in four colors).

    28. A set of packing cubes that, when the time comes, will make moving out a whole lot easier.

    packing cubes inside of a suitcase

    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. I was able to pack all my 3-year-old son's clothes in the small cube. I used the large cubes to pack all the adults clothes. Everything fit neatly into a small suitcase. I was blown away by how smoothly it made packing and kept us organized during vacation." —Tiffani Herzog

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $10.80+ (available in six colors).

    29. A six-port USB charging station so all your devices are always fully charged and you can be in constant contact with your friends who are also living back home.

    the charging station on a table, charging a phone

    Promising review: "I have multiple USB charged devices and only had one wall outlet plug in for USB. I looked for one with great reviews because I had one before that ended up breaking and I love this one. It can charge six devices at the same time and not have a slowing down or overheating problem. I would buy this again, it's durable and very sleek looking where as my old one was kind of bland looking and had some of the ports break. Six months later and this one is still going strong." —Jamie Childers

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98+ (available in six styles).

    30. Blackout curtains that'll be a great excuse for "accidentally" sleeping through your parents' sunrise hikes they're always asking you to join them on., Amazon

    Promising review: "We got these blackout curtains for the bedroom because our baby will not sleep until the sun starts to set (which doesn't currently start until after 8 p.m. where we are). So we got these curtains hoping we could trick her into going to bed at a reasonable time. Let me tell ya', they work better than I ever imagined! There are some small light leaks around the sides and top of the curtains, but that has everything to do with our installation. The curtains themselves block 100% of the sunlight coming through the window. Since installing them, we've been able to get our daughter to sleep on time every night and have gotten her to take much longer naps in the darkened room. The curtains themselves are very sturdy and the color (which is gorgeous) is true to the item photos." —Linzy Schroeder

    Get them from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in six sizes and nine colors).

    31. A roll-on headache and migraine relief stick aka instant relief after yet another set of your parents' friends asking you what your 10-year plan is.

    Katy Herman/BuzzFeed, Yi Yang/BuzzFeed

    My colleague Katy swears by this and wrote an entire review about it.

    Promising review: "After reading an article on BuzzFeed that touted this product, I bought one for my boyfriend who suffers from awful, frequent headaches. It WORKS. Not only does he swear by it, he has purchased them for his mom and several friends. FANTASTIC." —SarahElizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    32. A pair of memory-foam slippers that are cozy enough to wear around the house, but durable enough to withstand the elements when your parents ask you to run out and grab the mail or walk the dog.

    Reviewer photo showing person wearing the Acorn Men's slippers in navy tweed

    Promising review: "I wanted some new slippers for around the house (and occasionally a short trip outside) and looked at quite a few options on Amazon. After looking at options two to three times more expensive I decided to give these a try, due to the mostly positive reviews and I think I made the right choice. I've had my pair for a couple months and wear them regularly. The memory foam insole is comfortable and provides some support on my mostly wood and tile floors. I usually wear them with socks to avoid getting sweaty feet, but the woven fabric is pretty breathable (one of the reasons I bought them). —Matt

    Get a pair from Amazon for $32.84+ (available in sizes 7.5-15 and 13 colors).

    33. And a copy of The Defining Decade, some food for thought about being a young adult that'll inspire you and help you feel less directionless. Remember, our parents love us and everything is going to be okay in the end!

    Cover of "The Defining Decade" by Meg Jay

    Promising review: "The Defining Decade gave me confirming, and motivating insight on my twentysomething years, and how I should be getting the most out of them. In an intentional, forward thinking, kind of way. Students, millennials, and twentysomethings are the target audience. However I believe parents, teachers, and professors alike should all read Dr. Meg’s book, and it should definitely be required reading for anyone giving advice to a twentysomething." —Alexis

    Get it from Amazon for $11.83.

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