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21 Ways To Adult Better This Month

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1. Master one easy but impressive recipe to pull out whenever you have guests over.

Like this delicious lemon chicken piccata. You can make it right in a large cast iron skillet, easy peasy.

Don't have a cast iron skillet? Try this under-$20 option, which won best mid-price cast iron pan on BuzzFeed Reviews.

Get the 10-inch size from Amazon for $19.19 (available in six sizes).

Click here for 22 more dinners that'll make it look like you have your shit together.

2. Invest in a sleek trash can that keeps a lid on smells.

Get this one from Amazon for $49.97.

Promising review: "I'm hooked on simplehuman trash cans. My first was the 13 gallon tall kitchen can. This is my second for the home office. I've now purchased one for the aviary and another small one for the bathroom. I've never had a trash can liner burst or tear and these cans are practically indestructible, and very well made." —Hannah Diamond

3. Educate yourself with a This Calls for a Drink!, a book that will decide what kind of booze you need for any occasion.

Get it from Amazon for $9.48.

Promising review: "I’ve read many wine books that provide so much information you end up overwhelmed, as much as educated. Diane McMartin provides practical knowledge on how the right wine, or beer, can help us get through, or enhance, various real life occurrences both good, and not-so-good. The suggestions are easy to follow, and a wonderful way to try new wines and beers. Be warned, however, the author is wickedly funny, and will have you laughing out loud within the first few pages." —Kent Klopfenstein

4. Travel with a set of refillable apothecary bottles so you can use your favorite hair products instead of crappy hotel shampoo.

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

5. Stash some pretty notecards for spontaneous thank you notes or for last-minute occasion cards.

These adorable woodland creatures should definitely do the trick.

Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $12.99.

Promising review: "These cards are even more beautiful in person. The illustrations are adorable and good for so many occasions. The cardstock has a decent heft and quality to it that reminds me of letterpress, and the animals are outlined with shiny gold foil; a welcome surprise!" —Slashfemme

6. Find a hobby that you actually love.

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Check out this post for awesome ideas to get you started.

7. Stock your closet or cubicle with a compact sewing kit for fashion emergencies.

For when that button just POPS.

Get it from The Container Store for $6.99 or a similar one in a cute colorful egg-shaped case from Amazon for $5.45.

8. Make your bathroom more inviting with a toilet paper holder with extra roll storage and reading material.

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

Promising review: "The way our bathroom is situated, a wall-mount TP dispenser can only be on the side of the vanity. I didn't want holes in the vanity. I saw this and just knew it would be perfect! The hubby also really wanted a magazine bin so this is a win-win! It's very sturdy and cute." —Liz A.

9. Stop wasting money on disposable baggies and try these reusable ones to store snacks, jewelry, and more.

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $23.99.

10. Hang art prints or posters you actually love.

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Check out a selection that won't break the bank in 27 Inexpensive Posters You'll Actually Want To Hang On Your Wall.

11. Use a luxurious and highly rated moisturizer every. damn. day.

This Neutrogena Hydroboost moisturizer is much-beloved by over 1,000 Amazon reviewers — and a BuzzFeed writer. Check out her review for all the deets!

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

Promising review: "I've been using this for the past few weeks and I must say: I love this gel-cream. It's for extra-dry skin, and trust when I say I have extra-dry skin, especially during the winter. Suffice to say that my whole face, pretty much, gets dry and crusty, especially the forehead and chin areas. My skin gets so dry that in some parts, particularly the corners of my nose, that it peels, itches, and burns. Ever since I started using this gel-cream I've noticed a huge difference, even from the first time I used it. It keeps my face soft and moisturized the entire day. It even takes away the shine my forehead tends to get after I wash it. Every. Time. It's also very gentle on my sensitive skin; not one breakout from using it. I highly recommend it." —Amazon Customer

12. Optimize your productivity by keeping track of tasks and goals in a specialized journal designed to help you accomplish everything on your to-do list *and* achieve you longer term goals.

This one helps you prioritize and manage your time in 25-minute increments. AND it's undated so you can start it whenever you want!

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

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

13. Or try a bullet journal to keep track of to-do lists, goals, and what the eff you DO every day.

Get the low-down on how to start one here.

Getting a dotted notebook or journal is a great place to start. Get a reasonably priced one from Amazon for $7.50.

14. Ditch the ratty tee and dream grown-up dreams in a cute PJ set.,

Get both styles from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 28 styles).

15. Keep a thermometer in your house so you know when to actually go to the doctor.

This one works for kids and adults, in your ear *or* on your forehead.

Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

Promising review: "This thermometer quickly registers temperature quickly and displays information clearly in an easy to see / read format. It provides two methods of taking temperature, and this feature is beneficial when the circumstances warrant it; e.g. sweaty forehead. It is a good value for the price." —Kim C.

16. Learn how much sleep you need and actually make getting it a priority.

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That means not under sleeping on weeknights and maintaining your sleep schedule on the weekend.

17. Keep emergency supplies in your car, including this seat belt cutter and window glass breaker.

Get it from Amazon for $6.40.

Promising review: "Had a spare seat belt and a old window and tried it out the seat belt cuter works great just cut through that like a hot butter and the window didn’t stand a chance 😂 I feel safer knowing this works and I keep it on my drivers side door if needed" —Christopher Soto

18. Create a welcoming entry into your dwelling with a cool-looking coat rack.

Get this one from Amazon for $28.99.

Promising review: "Really easy to assemble and has a lot of hooks so plenty of coat and scarfs can be hung. I like the low hooks as my little boy can hang his own coat." —z moreno

19. Get better at saying sorry when you ~actually~ should.

If you're really bad at this, this apology pad may be a good place to start.

Get it from Amazon for $5.89.

20. Invest in an umbrella that won't blow out (and will make you happy when skies are grey).

Get this one from Amazon for $24.99.

21. Stock your kitchen with the perfect nonstick pan for when you just have to have grilled cheese or French toast.

Get this highly-rated OXO one from Amazon for $24.99.

Promising review: "I actually fried an egg with no butter or fat if any kind - just this hot pan. It slid right out and onto the plate. Very impressive." —Bas

Because when you're overwhelmed with responsibilities, the only thing that helps is a snack.

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