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    23 Things You Need If You're A Grown-Ass Adult Who Can't Function

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    1. An Amazon Echo so you can have a digital personal assistant help you with everything from playing music and setting appointments on your calendar, to checking the weather!


    You can make phone calls, order products off Amazon, stay up to date with breaking news, track your steps — you name it.

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with this. I have used this product for 10 months and I use it daily. I did not know how much of an impact this device would make on my day to day life. It is pretty big. I use it for so many different tasks and music and even jokes. I love this Echo!" —Corey

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in six finishes).

    2. A magnetic weekly meal planning pad, because if you forget the creamer again this week you might ~actually~ cry over spilt milk. Structure your food for the week and rip off a handy shopping list to take with you to the grocery store so this never happens again.


    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 $9.95.

    3. A 60 minute visual timer for anyone who has trouble focussing and needs a visual reminder that time is passing by while performing daily tasks at home, school, or work. Just set a time, and get back to work!

    Jennifer Tonti / BuzzFeed

    I have ADHD and have used various tools throughout my education to keep me organized and on-task. This is one of the best. I personally set 30 minute increments for any given task, an hour becomes too much time and I get side-tracked. It’s not that I must finish my task in 30 minutes, but rather I am kept aware of time passing in the first place and that helps me stay focused. The red film that disappears is a necessary visual representation of time that really makes this clock better than just a timer on my phone. I keep it within view and whenever I feel my mind trailing off I can quickly glance up and say, “oh wow that was 10 minutes of distraction, better get back into it."

    Get it from Amazon for $28.69 (available in two sizes).

    4. A pack of makeup-remover cloths so you can stop falling asleep with makeup on because gross gunk has been soaking into your pores throughout the day and these cloths — paired ~with ONLY water!?~ — will wipe it off in seconds!

    This will help minimize breakouts and also make you feel generally cleaner before bed each night.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry they're pretty impressive about taking all of my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." —Rachaelm

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $2.97 (also available in a pack of five).

    Check out BuzzFeed Reviews for our pick of the best makeup removers in three different price points!

    5. A pack of organic and recyclable ethylene-absorbing apples that'll soak up all the gases in your fridge that are causing the fresh fruits and veggies you just bought to spoil before you can eat them. I swear to the fridge gods, if my box of $5.99 strawberries pre-maturely molds again, I will cry.


    Promising review: "It works. Simple as that. I have even ordered more because it works wonders in my vegetable drawer and also in my fruit basket. Before it seemed things would go bad so fast (3-4 days) now I can see veggies last two weeks and some fruits a week longer than expected." —MFC

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    6. An organizer for your desk so when you come to work 30 minutes late each day, at least your desk is neat! Keep books and trinkets organized in a clean and personalized way.


    Promising review: "I’m very happy with this purchase. It looks very 'finished' and good quality. It took me 20 minutes to assemble it, and the directions were very easy to follow." —Danielle

    I have this on my desk at work! It keeps everything so clean and I get to keep all my favorite books right where I can see them. It only took 15 minutes to put together and all the pieces you need are included. So easy! Seriously one of my favorite purchases on Amazon.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    7. A pair of amber-tinted glasses for adults who spend hours in front of a computer (Me, literally right now) and end up with pounding headaches at the end of the day. These'll rescue your tired eyes by minimizing eye strain caused by blue light emitted from digital screens and fluorescent lighting.,

    Promising review: "These glasses are great. They look sharp, and they're not tinted so much that they alter color perception. I work in an office setting and after just one day of wearing these glasses, I noticed an improvement in my eye health. My eyes no longer hurt, water, itch, or feel bleached out after staring at a computer screen for hours on end. Highly recommended!" —Ariele Monzo

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in seven sizes).

    8. A totally personalized Care/of vitamin subscription service so you can brag to your doctor on your next visit about how healthy and responsible you are now. You'll know exactly what you're getting for what your body needs.


    Take a quiz to find out which vitamins you should be taking, then have them shipped right to your door. Vitamins like, B12, digestive enzymes, B-complex, probiotic blends, and prenatal are among the many vitamins they have on deck!

    Get a subscription from Care/of for $5+ a month.

    Find out more about how it works from this BuzzFeeder's Care/Of review.

    9. A wine stain remover that'll magically erase all kinds of spills you got on your clothes (like wine, coffee, and spaghetti sauce), because if you ruin one more white shirt you're gonna scream into the void (which is also what I call my bank account).

    Emily Shwake / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I have used Wine Away for years and am so glad they are carrying it at Walmart now. It works on my fresh and dried wine stains. I first discovered it a few years ago after my husband spilled red wine all over our new couch and my dress. We grabbed the Wine Away, sprayed it on the dress and 10 minutes later the stain was G-O-N-E! And you'd never know we spilled anything on the couch!" —SanFran

    Get it from Walmart for $5.92.

    10. A weekly pill organizer because if you skip your meds one more day it's going to be an annoying situation! Use this to take your medicine and vitamins daily and when you're supposed to. Might be hard to swallow, but this is super important!


    There is one tray per day and four time compartments per tray (morning, noon, evening, and bedtime).

    Promising review: "I have had this for a few months now. I don’t think I’ve missed any medicine since I started using it. I am on ten different meds, which I take several times a day. This is perfect. I love that I can put the day in my purse or pocket and I am set for the day." —Karen R. Starken

    Get it from Amazon for $6.89 (available in a pack of two)

    11. A set of two massage balls for those of us who feel like their backs turned 80 this year without us. Work out the pain points in the muscles around your body so you don't build up stress over time.


    To use these effectively, place the massage balls under the areas of muscle tension and use your body weight to ease into the massage. Gravity does all the rest.

    Promising review: "This is my first ever product review. I think these things are going to save my life. I’ve been having issues with a terrible trigger point in my back from working as a dentist and the last two weeks have been excruciating and constantly painful. 10 (also somewhat excruciating) minutes rolling around on the floor with these things have almost completely wiped away my pain in a way human hands never could. I love you little massage balls" —babysanta

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three color combinations).

    12. An eight-pack of Skyn Iceland's firming gels to de-puff your under eyes, because you went to bed at 2 a.m. again after binge-watching season three of Queer Eye. These gels are so refreshing as they firm and tone (especially if you store them in the fridge).

    BuzzFeed / Jennifer Tonti

    Promising review: "These are by far my favorite eye pads. They work! They moisturize my under eyes very well and help diminish puffiness and fine lines. I like to use them in the morning before makeup application. They stay on and do not slip around. I also use them with my LED face mask so I don't get indent marks around my eyes. These are my must haves for travel as well." —sharwill

    Worth every penny, especially if you put them in the fridge for extra cooling! Read my full review for more on this and other Skyn Iceland products!

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $30.

    13. A 15-pack of meal prep containers to help prevent another day at work with a rumble in your stomach and no food to soothe it. Portion out your lunch and dinner at the beginning of the week and you won't have to scrape together a mediocre meal.

    These are microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe!

    Promising review: "These containers have been a life saver for me. I recently am doing the keto diet and prep is a huge part of success, not only for me but my husband as well for packed lunches for work. The size is perfect to fit in lunch boxes and store in ice box isn't too tall making wasted space. I cook and freeze as well and they hold up great. All around this was a great buy! Storage containers are expensive with most not holding up in microwave very long leaving stains; not the case with these at all." —Paula

    Get a 15-pack from Amazon for $13.79 (available in three bulk sizes).

    14. A pack of divider sticky notes that'll help you out of that procrastination rut and become the Elle Woods of whatever it is you're working on (like taxes LOL). Divide and conquer those goals of yours!


    Promising review: "These sticky notes are excellent. They come in a booklet, with a clear cover over and a card-like paper with a blue mandala pattern at the back, which is really neat and beautiful. The colors are quite neon and bright and look exactly as the picture shows. The tabs are neat and noticeable at any angle, and are 2.4 cm or about 0.8 inches in length. The paper note itself is 14.8 cm or 5.8 inches in length. They came in neatly and safely packaged, with no dirt or paper creasing in sight." —Malik

    Get a single pack from Amazon for $3.71 (available in packs of 1–12).

    15. A hanger stacker, because it's hard enough keeping your clothes hung up and organized after laundry day. This will fix one of the most annoying storage problems so you actually do your chores on time.

    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).

    16. A shirt-folding board to incentivize you to actually put away your laundry when it comes out of the dryer. You know, instead of clumping it all in a "clean pile" that eventually gets dirty because you never took the time to fold it all in the first place!

    Not relatable to me at all...👀

    Promising review: "My husband can not stop folding t-shirts! He looks forward to doing laundry now. It's a great product and so easy to store and use!" —Krista

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in seven colors).

    17. A tracking bottle that'll help you remember to put water in your body before your pee turns from clear to yellow from dehydration. You'll soon be saying, "H2Omg I'm so hydrated.", Amazon

    Promising review: "Best $11 I’ve ever spent. I used to hate drinking water throughout the day and could never remember to do it, but this bottle turns water intake into a game. I have increased my daily water intake by over 5x without even thinking about it, and I feel so much happier and healthier. Don’t even think twice about this purchase. It is SO worth it!!" —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $11.29.

    18. A comfy, memory foam chair cushion for anyone who's been searching for something to help soothe their back pain and/or work on their posture. Slouch city over here!,

    Promising review: "Works great, helps to relieve some pressure from sitting. This is a great memory foam cushion for office chairs or your couch. You really can feel the difference. This is thick, and feels like it will last for a really long time. I've been using mine for a couple of weeks and already feel a little better. The cover is removable for washing, and the stitching is done really well. I recommend this to anyone who has to sit for more than a few hours." —phillygrl

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    19. A set of four packing cubes so you can pack more efficiently instead of shoving everything in your suitcase at the last minute and praying. This helps prevent wrinkly clothing, overstuffed luggage, and overall travel headaches.

    Promising review: "I am officially sold on packing cubes!! These things are amazing! I can believe I've been packing without them my whole life. I packed my clothes, shoes, and toiletry bag for a 10 day trip to Europe (full contents listed below). I packed them as I normally would first, and then packed them in the packing cubes. There was so much more room after packing in the cubes!" —Tiffany

    Get the set of four from Amazon for $24.99 (available in eight colors).

    20. A bottle of makeup brush shampoo, because your crusted and dusted makeup tools are looking down and out and in need of some TLC. Keep your brushes clean—without the use of harsh chemicals—and prevent those breakouts that sprout every time you contour.

    Promising review: "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. Aside from just looking bad, though, all that old color was probably affecting pigment and application any time I used them. 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 (available in cleansing cloths).

    21. A mini fabric steamer, because you've been skating by with wrinkly clothes hoping no one would notice. But now you want to look fresh. Steaming the wrinkles out is such a small detail but can make a WORLD of difference when it comes to how professional and put-together you look and feel.


    Promising review: "I purchased this so that I could avoid ironing as much as possible. It does get rid of the wrinkles rather well." —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    Check out a BuzzFeed editor's review of this steamer to find out more.

    22. A bottle of bitter-tasting nail polish for any adult who needs help curbing their nail-biting habit once and for all. This will literally leave a bad taste in your mouth., Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been a nail biter for at least 15 years and have tried yet again to break the habit. This polish tastes horrible and definitely stops me from biting. When you use it I would suggest keeping a drink near by for the first couple times you try to bite your nails. Also be careful when eating finger foods because you can accidentally get a little taste. I would buy again, and recommend to anyone trying to stop biting their nails or for thumb suckers. The polish is a clear coat but does give your nails a shine." —Megan Range

    Get it from Amazon $12.25.

    Find out more about this product in This Miracle Polish Just Might Get You To Stop Biting Your Nails.

    23. A carpet stain remover for anyone who has spilt one too many glasses of wine on the carpet and professional cleaners are out of the budget. Get the job done yourself! The results speak for themselves here.

    Promising reviews: "YOU NEED THIS IF YOU HAVE KIDS OR PETS!!! I am convinced this stuff is magic in a bottle! If I can get up an ENTIRE bottle of ketchup that was rubbed in the carpet, you can get out anything!" —Ashley T.

    Get a 32-oz bottle on Amazon for $12.86.

    Future you looking back on present you getting your shit together.

    Disney / Via Giphy

    Make your life even tidier. Check out some of the best home organization products on Amazon, the best all-natural cleaning products for your home, the best bathroom cleaning products, organization products perfect for neat freaks, and, of course, our ultimate guide to cleaning every single room in your house.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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