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    28 Products For People In Their Thirties Who Are Still Figuring It All Out

    Things to help you save time, money, and stress as you struggle to nail down this whole "adulthood" business.

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    1. A planner that promises to raise your productivity by helping you lay out your daily and weekly goals and complete tasks more easily by breaking your time down into manageable 25-minute intervals.

    It's called the Pomodoro Technique, and tbh I am fascinated by it.

    Promising review: "I am creatively inclined. The challenge? Mental meanderings when what I need is sharp focus. Tried bullet journaling, but way too fussy. (Who wants to spend their time drawing lines?) I make endless lists, and diligently check things off — but that still doesn't get at the heart of my lack of efficiency and effectiveness. THIS? This helps me GET SH*# DONE in a way nothing else has. Best word I can find for this system is 'supportive.' I love this planner!" —PB in SB

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    2. A set of produce-saving bins, because it's so much easier to eat more fruits and vegetables when they don't turn to mush IMMEDIATELY., Mr. J / Via

    Promising review: "I wash my fruit with vinegar and water as soon as I buy them, then store them in the fridge. I split the package of strawberries pictured below in two — half went into the Rubbermaid container. This is what it looks like 20 days later. It works." —Mr. J

    Read our full review of these little miracle workers here.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five sizes).

    3. A set of super-soft wrinkle-, fade-, and stain-resistant sheets, since you know you're going to keep eating pad Thai in bed and you might as well get yourself an insurance policy., Bojana / Via

    Promising review: "Smooth like butter! These are the softest, most comfortable sheets ever. They were soft before I washed them, but after, they were amazing. They washed well — I used fabric softener, there was no staining or color fade. The weight is perfect. Light enough to not be suffocating and make you sweat, but get you warm and cozy. I am going to be ordering more!" —Lisa English

    Get them from Amazon for $24.70+ (available in seven sizes and 37 colors).

    4. While we're on the subject of beds: a bed frame, because they're not that expensive and it's amazing how much more put-together your room will look once you get your bed up off the floor (plus, think of all that untapped storage potential).,

    Promising review: "I can confidently say this is the best bed frame/base I have ever owned. It is very sturdy, well constructed, and has plenty of space underneath. I cannot stress the ease of assembly. I didn't even have to read the instructions. After putting mattresses and a box spring on it, the bed immediately felt better, and the mattresses I am using until my new ones get here are CRAP. I had no idea the bed frame would make a crap bed feel so much better, lol. Definitely worth the money." –Rae

    You can even get one with a headboard, if you're feeling extra fancy:

    Promising review: "Nice, modern-looking bed! Came packaged well in one very heavy box. I put this bed together in under an hour. No tools required. I am very satisfied with how sturdy the bed is. I have a regular spring mattress, but it would surely hold a heavier memory-foam or pillow-top mattress with ease. Love that it's all metal, including the slats. Can't beat the price either!" —Kimberly A.

    Get the platform frame for $60.99+ (available in seven sizes) or the headboard frame for $139.99+ (available in four sizes) from Amazon.

    5. A three-bit R2D2 screwdriver (including one flat head and two Phillips-heads), because you should definitely have a screwdriver by now, because these are the tools you're looking for.


    Take it from someone who has unsuccessfully tried to drive screws with a penny.

    Get it from ThinkGeek for $4.99.

    6. A set of six encouraging folders to give you the boost you need to finally organize that scary stack of Important Papers.

    They also come with 10 labels, because you can do this.

    Get them from Modcloth for $15.

    7. A handheld clothes steamer, because it's 2018 and you don't have to know how to iron to look sharp., TL_8 / Via

    True Life: I am over 30 and I don't know how to iron.

    Promising review: "I hate ironing. I love this thing. It takes less than two minutes to heat up. It gets the wrinkles out of my clothes. It is awesome for linen and cotton. It's easy and the unit is compact. My only complaint is if you're doing more than two pieces of very wrinkled or thick clothing at once, you may need to refill the steamer. But it's not a big deal — this unit has bang for the buck." —Tree

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    8. An app that gives you cash rewards for buying things that, let's be honest, you're definitely already buying.

    You're in your thirties and chances are you would like more money!

    Promising review: "The (free!) Drop app literally PAYS YOU FOR SHOPPING. You link your credit and debit cards to the app, choose the places where you use your card the most (whether that's Lyft, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Amazon, or Walgreens, to name a few of the available brands/stores), and wait for the rewards to roll on in! You automatically earn points every time you spend at your selected brands, plus there are one-time offers that pop up that you can choose to activate as well (e.g., earn points for spending $15 at CVS before a certain date). Rewards are redeemable in the form of gift cards (to Amazon, Starbucks, Groupon, and iTunes, among others). After a month of using the app, I earned enough points to redeem a $10 Amazon gift card. Not too shabby! This app won't make you a millionaire, but who doesn't want an extra 10 bucks of spending money in their pocket each month for doing nothing besides shopping at all their regular haunts?" —Emmy Favilla

    Read a full review here.

    Get it free for iOS or Android from Drop.

    9. Microfiber mop slippers so your walks from the couch to the fridge will be at least marginally productive.

    Promising review: "I’m really happy with these slippers. They are comfortable, warm, and work amazingly well to mop our very white tile floors that constantly show specks of dirt on them. I wear them all the time!" —Earthy

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in four sizes and 12 patterns).

    10. An Instant Pot, a programmable pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté-er, yogurt maker(!), steamer, and warmer all in one — aka the kitchen appliance to end all kitchen appliances, to help you master meal prep once and for all., Mekender / Via

    Promising review: "I'm not into fancy-schmancy gadgets, but I'll spend money for items that help me make good food. So when I heard people raving about the Instant Pot recently, my ears perked up. I read the reviews and saw all the recipes online and decided to give it a try. Well, this baby is worth its weight in gold! I have used it every single day since I got it. I've made rice and beans, stews, steamed sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, oatmeal, popcorn, veggie soup, and so much more. My hubby is thrilled and so am I. It's so easy to use, there are so many free recipes online, and clean-up couldn't be simpler. A few people have bought the Instant Pot just from my recommendation. It's THAT good. If you are on the fence, try it. It is so worth it!" —Totoro's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in three sizes).

    11. A quick-reference apron to serve as your cheat sheet for cooking times and measurement conversions so you won't have to frantically google mid-dinner prep.

    Promising review: "This. Is. Awesome. I bought this as a gift and definitely will be purchasing one for myself. Very thick, not a flimsy apron, very well made. The graphics are amazing and a very helpful kitchen cheat sheet. All cooks and bakers should enjoy this." —Valerie H

    Get it from Amazon for $23.46.

    12. How Not to Kill Your Houseplant — a book whose name is pretty self-explanatory! — because having plants is an easy way to spruce up your space, but not if they're dead.

    DK Books

    Promising review: "I was truly a horrible plant parent for the last 30 years, but this book has changed that! I am definitely on the road to recovery. I feel like every day that my plants live I am less and less like the plant murderer I was. Book is stupid simple to understand, colorful, and SUPER-DUPER informative. Heck, you can even find your plant without knowing its name!" —Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    13. A personalized vitamin regimen sent to your home, so you never have to wonder whether ketchup is actually fulfilling your daily dose of vitamin C.

    Care/of / Via Facebook

    Promising review: "After doing the math and comparing my order to the price of the cheapest similar vitamins I could find on Amazon, Care/of's price tag wound up being about $10 more a month — but for me, the convenience factor more than makes up for that difference. More importantly, I trust the high production standards that Care/of is committed to: Its products are made ethically, sustainably, and without harsh solvents or processing materials. Have I felt a difference with respect to all my aforementioned goals? It’s only been a month, but my brain, energy levels, digestion, and skin all seem to be faring quite well. I’m not saying that’s all thanks to my new comprehensive vitamin regimen, but I’m not saying it’s not, either." —Emmy Favilla

    Read a full review here.

    Get Care/of products from starting at $5/month (and free shipping over $20).

    14. A car-bage can you can hang over your seat, because it doesn't take that much effort to make your car look a whole lot nicer.

    Garbage cars are a young person's game!

    Promising review: "Where has this thing been all my driving life? My last car wouldn't have looked as messy as it did if I would have purchased this sooner.

    It isn't too big that the person in the backseat feels like they have has a garbage bin under their nose. It's VERY easy to install and move from seat to seat if necessary! It still leaves your car looking as stylish as it did before you bought it! ;)" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    15. An electric toothbrush cute enough that it might convince you to finally make your dentist proud.

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    If you can't be trusted to remember to replace those brush heads, Quip is perfect for you — they'll automatically send you refills every three months for $5 each.

    Promising review: "If you’ve ever bought a pair of glasses from Warby Parker, looked at a rose-gold Macbook and thought 'Pretty!', told someone about how much you like the FitBit app, marveled at the magic of ordering an Uber, praised Amazon Prime via the raised hands emoji, or purchased something from Glossier, then you probably understand the Quip’s appeal. That said, my mom hasn’t done the majority of those things, and I think she’d like the Quip, too. The Quip is basically the iPhone of toothbrushes." —Rachel Wilkerson Miller

    Read a full review here.

    Get a starter from Quip for $25+, and $5+ for refills.

    16. A moisturizer with SPF so you can protect yourself from UV rays and dispatch dry skin in one fell swoop, because mornings are hard, no matter how old you are.

    Promising review: "My dermatologist recommended this product. It is not greasy, it's very light-feeling, and I wear it every day, even days I don't wear makeup. There is no fragrance to this product that I've noticed. I love that it's SPF 30." —health_nut

    Get it from Target for $13.49.

    17. Cleaning putty, which is by far the most fun way to get all those crumbs out of your keyboard (or, in the case of one reviewer, melted chocolate out of your phone).

    Promising review: "I accidentally put my phone in melted chocolate a week ago, and I was freaking out. It was stuck in my silencer switch thing, but with the help of this stuff, and a toothpick, I got it out. I also cleaned my keyboard, and it worked great. It has alcohol in it so it kills germs too. I'm definitely loving this stuff, because I get so grossed out by nasty keyboards, and when my computer is dirty, I can't stand it. I know it's just a spinoff of the fart-in-a-jar goo we'd play with as kids, but I'm kind of in love" —Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $14.39.

    18. Micellar water, a miracle liquid that both removes makeup and cleanses your skin all at once, because you know you should be taking off your makeup and washing your face before bed, but're supposed to do BOTH of those things? That sounds so tiring!

    Promising review: "I feel like this stuff is a game changer. I am pretty much the ultimate in lazy and I really never thought I could replace nighttime washing with one product, but I was so wrong. My skin looks great and honestly is the clearest it's been in a while. I shower in the morning and wash my face with soap, but at night I just swipe this over with a cotton pad and go to sleep. I don't even have to add lotion most of the time. It gets off all my makeup so fast. This is already the second bottle I've purchased!" —SliceAimmons

    Get it from Amazon for $6.61.

    19. A two-sided hamper so you can separate your lights and darks like you KNOW you're meant to but still never do because laundry is already enough work, geez!

    Promising review: "This solved an argument between my wife and me. She wanted one hamper so that it was just one trip to carry it to the machines. I wanted two because I didn't want to sort clothes right as I'm trying to put them in the machine. Enter the Home Double Laundry Hamper. I'm happy because we can separate dirty clothes as we put them in the hamper, she's happy because she can carry all the clothes in one trip. The hamper actually looks very nice as well and includes a lid. Thanks, BirdRock, for saving my marriage :P" —C Fox

    Get it from Amazon for $39.96 (available in four colors).

    20. A serious umbrella, because in your twenties you buy the shittiest umbrella you can find at the exact moment when you need it, and in your thirties you buy a really good one that will actually keep you dry.

    Promising review: "Best umbrella I've ever had. I bought it after looking online for one that wouldn't fall apart at the first gust of wind in a rainstorm. After using it several times in a huge rainstorm with heavy winds, it seems to be indestructible. The strong wind will flip the umbrella inside out, but it quickly flips back and shows no sign of being worse for wear. I plan to buy several more so I can be sure to have one at my home, office, and car." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon in black, red, yellow, or navy for $22.95.

    21. An ultra-compact power bank, because "my phone died" is a garbage excuse, even when it's true.

    This little guy will give you one charge on an Android, two on an iPhone 6s, and half of one on an iPad mini. Not too shabby for something that fits in your pocket!

    Promising review: "We bought two of these for our trip to Disneyland six months ago and they were perfect! It is small enough that you can pack it in your purse or small zipper in your backpack but it holds so much power! We were able to charge four different iPhones with two of these chargers over the course of a 36-hour period with additional charges to spare! We use these almost every day now. Being able to charge your phone and not having to sit there by the outlet has been life-changing. I cannot say enough great things about this device." —Samantha

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four colors).

    22. A very cute little sewing kit — including scissors, a seam ripper, a thimble, needle threaders, needles, thread, and safety pins — so you can mend your pants and your ways.

    Just kidding, I'm sure you're doing fine! It's nice to be able to sew buttons back on, though!

    Get it from Modcloth for $9.

    23. The Big Book of 30-Day Challenges, an actually fun way to form better habits.

    Promising review: "It is difficult for me to maintain a healthy and organized life consistently, but I know that I respond well to a feeling of accomplishment. So when I saw this I knew it was for me. Each little change and activity was satisfying to complete. I was surprised at how much my general mood improved just from these slight changes. These aren't challenges for the sake of challenge, though, they're actually a great way to get your life on the right track. I know for so many of us it's difficult to know where to begin — I suggest you begin with this book." —Wendy Valderman

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+.

    24. A shower speaker shaped like a little sea creature, because sometimes showering is the worst, and you need a little musical friend to give you that final push.

    Promising review: "I like to listen to Audible books while in the shower, especially washing my waist-length long hair. It takes a while. This speaker has great sound quality and is loud enough to hear above the shower spray and exhaust fan. I am very happy with this purchase!" —Madonna

    Get it from The Grommet for $30 (available in octopus and snail shapes).

    25. A bright tumbler to help you keep on top of your hydration habits — just move those little bands up to count the number of cups you drink throughout the day., Jenn / Via

    Promising review: "This is definitely a gimmicky water bottle, but I love it. It's cute and functional, and shockingly actually helps motivate me to drink more. I get comments all the time from coworkers asking where I got my cup and how neat it is. It doesn't sweat unless it has lots of ice. And even then it's very little condensation on the outside. The straw is nice and large, which helps me drink more. It's thick and made very well. I also love how the colored bands act as a grip for your hand when holding it. Overall, excellent product!" —Jenn

    Get it from Amazon for $14.52+ (available in five sizes and seven colors).

    26. An adjustable laptop desk because you're an adult with responsibilities who also likes maximizing bed time — that's right, you contain multitudes!

    Promising review: "The best purchase I've ever made. I'm purchasing one for my husband now. As a matter of fact, I'm going to buy two more — that's how much I love it. The height of the table adjusts with the legs. The slant of the computer adjusts. The drawer is perfect to store flash drives and a stylus. It's perfect. I am an up-and-coming author and am very excited about the advantages this offers me." —Pastor Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    27. A microfiber llama duster, because being an adult isn't about liking to clean, it's about effectively tricking yourself into cleaning with cleaning supplies that look like other, better things.

    Done and dusted.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $15.

    Hey, we're all figuring this out together!

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