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    28 Things To Help Make Your Room More Adult, Even If You're In Denial

    I'd hate to tell you this, but you're officially an adult and it's time to start pretending to be one.

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    1. This to-do list mousepad that'll keep you on track throughout the day waaaaay better than sticky notes could ever dream of doing. Never miss an appointment, errand, or other ~adult~ thing again.

    The mousepad that says "Let's Do This" and has three columns for writing down tasks and has a pen holder

    Promising review: “I have used these for years now. They are an everyday part of my life. I can write everything down that I would normally put on sticky notes or edges of papers and on Monday when I take the old week's page off, I scan it for anything that still needs to be done or written down somewhere more permanent, and a fresh week awaits. I prepare the entire year in advance because I use it as a regular calendar as well as a mousepad. One year they weren't available so I purchased a different brand. Not a good experience and am so happy this specific item is back in stock. Thank you!” —Yarnspinner13

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in four different styles).

    2. An organized desk mat so you can take a quick scan of all the essentials — your calendar, agenda, and notes — before grabbing your coffee and heading out the door.

    The rectangular mat, which has enough room to fit a calendar, a phone, to-do lists, and has a pocket for holding pencils

    Promising review: “I absolutely love the blue color, and I feel so organized with this large pad. It has everything I need at my fingertips and is also customizable. It has a paper protector in the middle and even a cell phone holder. The compartments were well thought out and there is nothing cheap or shoddy about this product. I keep my laptop on top and also use it as a mouse pad and I just love the way it completes my office desk. So many people have asked where I got it and want one for themselves or their kids because it also protects the surface underneath it." —RedSassyMum2

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

    3. This set of transparent, stackable containers because no real adult will be able to resist a cute way to keep things organized.

    Circular see-through containers holding hair accessories. The containers can stack on top of each other

    Promising review: “These do the trick perfectly! I can see everything I have, everything is organized, and I can get quick and easy access to whatever accessory I need for my hairstyle.” —Kunoichi

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    4. A hanger rack so you can FINALLY do something about those spare hangers littering your closet floor. Adult problems call for adult solutions.

    A reviewer showing the tall stacker packed with hangers

    Promising review: “Wow, wow, wow! This guy is the best. I recently Kondo'd my closets from three big closets to one and a half. Needless to say that the hangers left over gave no joy! LOL! Seriously I invested quite big in the slim velvet hangers and I didn't want to get rid of them. This guy is perfect. It holds at least 100 hangers. The only thing to consider is that the screws protrude from the bottom. If you plan on keeping it in a closet that has wood floors you might want to cover them to prevent scratching. I would imagine it may snag carpeting. It does get heavy. Mine sits on my cellar floor — no worries there.” —Dan Marois

    Get it from Amazon for $25.94+ (available in packs of one, three, four, and five).

    5. This clothing folder board for any twenty-something (or thirty-something) who STILL asks their mom to fold their clothes for them. And, it's compact enough to store in small spaces in your room when not in use. If you need me, I'll be adding this to my cart so I can finally make my mother proud for once.


    Promising review: “I love this thing! I have been looking at shirt folders for a while, but there were so many comments about the products being flimsy and breaking that I never bought one... until now. This one is new and appears to be more sturdy than the others I've seen. So I finally bought this one and I love it. My dresser drawers and closet shelves have never been so tidy before. And it's so much easier to find what I'm looking for. After the final flip of the folder, I fold my shirts/etc. up one more time. So everything is the same size and the perfect size to place in the drawer sideways so there is no stacking, everything in the drawer is visible and easy to find.” —Sunluvr

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in four colors).

    6. A slim-but-powerful vacuum cleaner because it's about damn time you've started getting rid of those dust bunnies for yourself!!!


    Some reviewers say that the vacuum cleaner works fine on carpet but performs better on wood and tile. And, the vacuum also transforms into a handvac for those tough-to-reach places.

    Promising review: “I really needed this vacuum for everyday cleaning, kitchen floor and bedrooms. It’s a bit hard to get my big vacuum and bring it upstairs where my bedrooms are, so I figured I’d get a small one. I got it two days ago and I loveeee it. I cleaned my whole house because I wanted to try it out and it got everything, crumbs, hair, dust. I have to say it didn’t work well on area rugs, it’s not strong enough I guess, but I got it for hardwood floors and tile floors and it’s perfect. I’m very happy with it!” —Miranda N.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.44+ (available in blue and dark black).

    7. And a gorgeous area rug to make the room feel both cozy and elegant, especially if your space is mostly bare and you have no idea what to do with all the empty floor.

    A square shaped white rug with a light blue diamond design and spots of blue and gray
    Boutique Rugs

    Promising review: "This rug is 100% wonderful and the price was very affordable when compared to others. It is soft to touch and adds some color to the neutral tones in our foyer entry way. It has subtle blue and gray tones exactly as portrayed online." —Priscilla J.

    Get it from Boutique Rugs for $100+ (available in 10 sizes and two shapes).

    8. This mini steamer that'll take your clothes from wrinkled to interview-ready in a minute. This is gonna sound harsh, but the time has come for you to stop looking like you rolled straight out of bed when you go to work.

    Admittedly, I'd rather go out with creases in my shirt than take the time to heat up the iron and run it over my clothes. But, I got this steamer five years ago for college and STILL use it to this day. It's small and easy to use — just add water, flip the switch, and pass the steamer over the wrinkles! It's way more convenient than fishing the iron out of the linen closet, and it makes me look neater.

    Promising review: “Got this for my son who’s in college. He needs to look professional for interviews and this works like a charm and is easy to use. You just need to be careful to keep it upright. Any tilting can cause the hot (very hot) water to spill.” —Lily

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97.

    9. Mattress toppers so you can transform your old, creaky mattress into cushy comfort without dropping a ton of $$$. Saving money would be the ~adult~ thing to do, after all.


    Promising review: "This mattress topper is like sleeping on a cloud. It's nicely dense and barely has a trace of odor for the first day, just like they promised. It really makes a difference on painful pressure points when side-sleeping and gives me nice back support too!" —MBE

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available as two- or three-inch thick toppers and in sizes Twin–California King, including Twin XL, Full XL, Short Queen, Queen, and King. Also available as the option to purchase with pillows).

    10. A set of microfiber sheets because at some point in our lives, the polka dot patterned sheets we've had since middle school just don't cut it anymore.

    A reviewer showing dark beige-colored sheets neatly fitted across their bed

    The set includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.

    Promising review: “Alright. These are the first pair of sheets I bought for my first bed. So I didn't want to spend too much, yet wanted proper grown-up sheets. I fell absolutely in love with them. The fitted sheet is a breeze to wash and spread. The pillowcase has a nice trim that makes it look good. The sheets are incredibly soft. It feels breathable, so you won't wake to a sweat puddle in your bed. The color is also very impressive. The dark purple appears matte and has an expensive look to it. I am not sure how long these will last, but it has been a few weeks and the sheets still feel amazing.” —Viswanath

    Get it from Amazon for $37.97+ (available in 44 colors and in sizes Twin–Cal King, including Twin XL, Full, Split King, and King).

    11. This all-season comforter that'll suit your needs come winter or summer and help you get a good night's sleep because of how cozy it is.

    The large, puffy white comforter

    Promising review: "I love this comforter! I decided to upgrade to an 'adult blanket,' and after much research, I chose this one. This blanket is so cozy! It doesn't seem like it'd keep you warm, since it doesn't look or feel all that thick, but it does indeed do the job! I keep my room quite chilly, and I've had to kick the blanket off sometimes, it does its job so well. This blanket also washes/dries fairly well." —BrokeMaterialist

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes Twin–Oversized King, including Twin XL, Full, Oversized Queen, King, and California King. Also available in seven colors).

    12. A set of six foldable storage boxes so you can Marie Kondo your closet and save yourself so much time in the morning when you actually find what you're looking for, for once!


    Promising review: “In the process of redoing the color scheme of my room, I realized I would need to replace the mismatched and old storage bins I had. I wanted a lighter/mid-tone gray, so I purchased the lighter gray color option. These were perfect! They fit a bunch, and even the bins that are holding a lot of heavy things, I'm not afraid of it breaking when I pull them out to get something. Great purchase, great price, great product.” —Ema

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $18.67 (available in nine colors. You can also order custom, iron-on labels from Slaybels on Etsy for $1.25+).

    13. These space-saving bags that'll condense your closet so you can have more room for the things you actually need — as opposed to, you know, just chucking everything on top of the giant mountain of clothes in your room.

    Promising review: "I’ve just downsized from a large home in the suburbs to condo living in downtown. Purging and getting rid of so much stuff that I’ve accumulated throughout the years was life-changing! I had quite a bit of really nice bedding that I wanted to keep, but had very little storage space. I decided to order these jumbo bags for King down duvets, thick blankets and king sized pillows. I was amazed at how much these held, how easy they were to pack/vacuum and how much I could fit in such a small space!" —Raquel Moss

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in four sizes).

    14. A hanging plastic wastebasket so you can stop leaving dirty tissues and used Q-tips scattered across your dresser. It's slim enough to fit in small corners, and its and it's two included hanging options (or a third adhesive alternative, not included) keep it off your floor.

    A collage showing the trashcan, which is a semi-circle shape, can fit in small spaces, on a bedroom nightstand, attached to a kitchen counter, and in the living room

    You can either use the bucket as an over-the-counter hanger, screw it on, or use Command strips if you're renting your space.

    Promising review: “Satisfied with this purchase. It’s compact and easy to install, I wanted something I could save space on and place it on the wall and this was perfect, it came with the wall mount and also the hanger which I won’t use for now. It’s hanging by my door and off the ground, clean and organized.” —maria787

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    15. And these plug-in air fresheners because no one — I repeat, NO ONE — wants to walk into a room and be greeted by the funky smell of gym socks and last night's leftover pizza.

    Two air freshener devices and liquid refill bottles

    Promising review: “I run a four bedroom AirBnb that requires lots of these little guys to keep the place smelling fresh. It seems to be the perfect scent to keep the house feeling clean, but isn't overpowering like some fragrances. Definitely my first choice.” —Mutsima

    Get a pack of two warmers with six refills from Amazon for $13.99 (refills are available in packs of five and 10).

    16. Or a vanilla-scented soy candle (poured into an upcycled container) to mask stuffy odors and give your room a pleasant scent.

    The candle in a glass container
    StephsScrubsandStuff / Etsy

    Promising review: "This is the best-smelling vanilla! I love that it’s made with clean ingredients too!" —erinelliette

    Get it from StephsScrubsandStuff on Etsy for $11+ (available in 13 sizes and the option for a glass container or a tin).

    17. This rad alarm clock that projects the current time onto your ceiling so you'll know exactly when to get up and start the day without actually rolling over and checking the clock or your phone.

    Promising review: “I've been needing some kind of clock for those early morning hours. You know, when you wake up early, don't know if you should just get up, or can go back to sleep, so you grab your phone, to see the time, and then notice a message or something you're tempted to check... well no more. I have this clock a good eight feet from me, and I can read it without my glasses on. Better yet, I woke up lying on my back, read the time on the ceiling (about 10 feet above the clock ) — and knew I could sleep for another hour before needing to wake up. The radio is great, and the brightness controls are great. It's clean-looking, and fits my decor better than I could have imagined.” —Uncl Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two LED display colors).

    18. A set or two of these honeycomb drawer organizers so you can organize your drawers and become the Type A adult you've always wanted to be.

    The organizer with honeycomb-shaped spaces inside a drawer

    Be sure to measure the length of your drawers before purchasing.

    Promising review: “I purchased this product for my sock and underwear drawer. I love how organized this drawer looks now, as opposed to the tangled mess it was before. It was super quick and easy to assemble and although it was a slightly snug fit it did fit perfectly into my drawer and does not separate or move around. The only downfall is I cannot fit my longer and thicker winter socks into the holes, but it does fit shorter/athletic socks very well. I have various types of underwear and they all fit perfectly as well. I recommend this as a definite must-have for anyone who wants to have tidier and more organized drawers!” —Michelle Nowak

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    19. Motion-detecting closet lights that'll finally give you NO EXCUSE to just toss your jacket into the closet because you "can't see inside anyway." Next-level adulting, right this way.

    A reviewer showing the dark closet, unable to see anything inside and then showing the closet with the light strip illuminating all the clothing inside

    Promising review: “Absolutely 100% what I was looking for and needed! The first photo shows my dark, dungeon closet with only the room light on. I used to use a flashlight to find clothes. Not fun. The second photo shows the amazing impact once I turned the lights on. I took these photos around midnight, so the room was pitch black without the lights. I made sure neither photo had flash on. I was worried about the battery pack holding up on the wall, but it's stayed so far (it's only been about 12 hours though). These are absolutely worth it!!!!” —Aphy

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in five styles; AAA batteries not included).

    20. These sound-proof, light-blocking curtains because, honestly, adult life is hard sometimes and no one can blame you for wanting to enjoy some peace and quiet in the comfort of your room.

    A reviewer showing the curtains over a window

    Promising review: “I live in an apartment complex full of little goblins people call children. Now my evenings are much quieter, without sacrificing the look of my apartment. They’re easy to pull back during the day when the goblins are away and easy to cover when they emerge in the evenings. So I can just cover my windows and put on a movie and it’s like they’re not even there! These block out a lot of light and sound from the neighborhood and match my decor nicely. I put sheer white curtains over these to create a softer look in the bedroom and it’s gorgeous! Saves my sanity and creates a nice atmosphere.” —jessi & sky

    Get a pack of two panels from Amazon for $19.09+ (available in five lengths and 21 colors).

    21. Some stretchy bed bands that'll keep your fitted sheet in place so you can rest undisturbed — you'll need your energy for more important things like giving a work presentation or running errands.

    Promising review: “We have a rather deep mattress and added a memory foam topper which gave our fitted sheet a real stretch to be able to securely tuck at the corners and not slip off. It would hold some of the time, but we frequently had a corner or two slip off during the night. It was disrupting sleep, so I was ready to safety pin the fitted sheet corners in place. After giving Bed Band a try our fitted sheet slipping problem is solved! The clamp design grips like iron, but the best part is the adjustable bands that allow for a quick final fit after installing the clamps. The other designs require that you adjust the bands first, and then stretch the clamps into place under tension. With Bed Band, you clamp each band into place without tension, then you use the quick adjuster to apply tension as needed. This makes for a much simpler installation, and with a product that by its nature needs to removed and re-installed repeatedly (sheet washing), ease of installation is critical. Bed Bands is the clear design winner here for both function and ease of installation. This is a stellar product design at an affordable price!” —Huancayo

    Get a pack of four bands from Amazon for $12.99 (available in packs of eight, 12, and 16, and available in five colors).

    22. A desk lamp with five warmth settings and seven brightness levels to put the least amount of strain on your eyes as possible when you're up late at night working on your #sidehustle.


    Promising review: “This is without a doubt the greatest lamp I have ever purchased in my life. My husband was all like, "Hmm I hope that works okay." Then I turned it on and he nearly cried due to his amazement. He then declared that we should fill our house with these and I am completely supportive. Here is why this lamp is so boss:

    1) It is extremely versatile; it bends and twists in many different ways.

    2) It is extremely easy to use. Right out of the box, I was able to figure out how to work everything without ever reading the instructions.

    3) It can be super bright or natural (almost dim). Plus, you can change the warmth of the color, from bright white/blue to a relaxing almost sepia tone which is easier on the eyes at night.

    4) it has a USB port, so I can charge my phone from my art desk without needing another outlet.

    Trust me, just buy this lamp. It truly is the bomb dot com.” —Aly S

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

    23. This laundry hamper to gently remind you to separate your clothes before you end up turning your favorite white shirt pink. Mom couldn't be more proud!

    The hamper with three sections for dark, colorful, and light clothes

    Promising review: “I bought this for my daughter’s bathroom, so she can learn to sort her laundry by colors and so it would be easier for laundry day. I love this hamper; the colors and design earn five stars. The instructions were simple and easy to follow (setup took 20 minutes). You just need to follow the instructions step by step. It’s very durable and I’m happy with this product!” —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    24. An adorable hanger that'll help you locate missing socks and reunite them with their matching pair as quickly as possible — you know, as opposed to spending even more money buying a new pack because you swear you've searched the dryer inside and out.

    A reviewer showing the hanger with a sign that says "Lost Socks seeking sole mates" with four socks hanging on it

    You can hang it in your closet so you can easily pair your socks with their ~sole mates~ when you find them.

    Promising review: “I hardly ever lose socks, but this was just too cute! After setting this up in the laundry room, I did a load of laundry, and what do you know... I have a missing sock! This is SO useful AND cute!” —kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    25. This over-the-door rack so you can keep some items organized and off the floor while adding a little decorative charm to your room.

    The floral design rack with hooks holding up some items

    Promising review: “Bought this for my daughter's bedroom and she loves it. Fits door without a problem, no sliding, etc. She has about a dozen hoodies and two or three jackets on it, so it can hold a lot.” —LBB John

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    26. This sleek marble-look desk to help your room look more like a business lounge for being your most productive self. Working from bed just makes you feel like sleeping, so if you got a desk, it'd become your designated space for getting productive work done.

    A reviewer showing the marble desk with two cubbies and metal legs

    Promising review: "Like many, I've been working from home for the past few months. THIS IS PERFECT! It was so easy to assemble — take it from someone who can't build IKEA furniture. It took 10 minutes tops and the material is great. It's very easy to clean, and is smooth, sturdy, and spacious, too. It has two compartments where I keep my notebooks and laptop. I absolutely recommend! Awesome desk." —Georgina

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $125.21 (available in two colors).

    27. A sleek jewelry organizer so you can stop trying to untangle your mess of necklaces in the morning. Just slip a hanger through the organizer for easy storage in your closet.

    A reviewer showing the rack with necklaces hanging in their closet with their clothes

    Promising review: "I’m incredibly happy with my purchase. Now, instead of coming home and throwing my jewelry on a table and not finding it for the next four days, I come home and put it in my organizer. In the morning I wake up and choose again. What I love about this is its efficient, simple utility." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in three colors).

    28. And, a sophisticated-looking storm glass that doubles as adult-looking decor and a fun way to check the weather to make sure you aren't heading out with sandals in a snowstorm.

    The teardrop-shaped storm glass filled with a liquid and crystals

    According to the instructions, the storm glass takes about two weeks to acclimate to your environment before the crystals start moving.

    Promising review: “I’ve always wanted one of these and it is as gorgeous as I imagined! The box is lovely for gifting and the base is beautiful plugged in or not. The directions say it takes a few days to acclimate and after about a week, mine is matching the outdoors correctly. There’s a description chart showing what different weather looks like and I’ve never been so excited for winter!" —Busy Fam

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in three sizes).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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