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    24 Feb 2020

    Just 18 Purchases For The Most Grown Up Of Grown Ups

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    Somehow, without my consent, I am officially closer to being a 30-year-old than I am a 20-year-old.


    I swear a second ago I was getting turned away from venues for looking too young.

    In what is a pleasant surprise, I've found that there are a handful of previously ordinary things that now bring me joy, the older I've become. If you, too, are over the age of 25, these 18 things will likely give you a quiet thrill:

    1. This pumice cleaning stone, because there's nothing more embarrassing than having to direct unexpected guests to a dirty toilet.


    Look, no one likes putting their hand in the vicinity of the toilet bowl. At least with this pumice cleaning stone, you'll be in and out in no time at all. Rings and stains that would otherwise take much muscle, time and product to move are easily scrubbed away. Plus, this particular one comes with a free drain snake, so you can clean your drains while you're at it.

    Buy now for $24.99 from Amazon Australia.

    2. This touch-up crayon that will fill the little scratches and dents your wooden furniture has accumulated over the years.

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    I am not a handy person, so I've kind of just accepted the scratches and dents my home and furniture are slowly accumulating *eyes my tiny humans and cat*. This brilliant little tool, which comes in every conceivable hue of wood, can be rubbed into the surface of your furniture or heated to fill larger dents. You can even mix more than one stick to get your desired colour! Now anyone can be a home renovator.

    Buy a single stick for $6.55 from Bunnings.

    3. This Squatty Potty, the original foot stool designed to make the muscle area around your colon relax, thereby allowing you to drop your ~stool~ faster and more completely.


    Promising review: "It took a day or two to get used to, but within a week of using it, I noticed quite a positive difference in my, uh, evacuation. It took less effort and less time, and really just made the whole process a lot more pleasant.

    In fact, within a week, it started feeling strange to use other toilets WITHOUT the Squatty Potty. I actually prefer using it now."

    Kat Angus

    Read the entire low down on the Squatty Potty here.

    Buy for $39.99 from Amazon Australia.

    4. This Sensori + Macedon Trail Detoxifying Mist that smells like a walk in an Australian forest after rain — and will literally improve the quality of the air around you.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This air-detoxifying mist will break down airborne toxins and odour, and replace it with a scent that, honestly, smells like ~luxury~. Hours in a concrete building can take its toll on anyone and the scent of this mist instantly transports me to an evergreen, unmistakably Aussie nature setting.

    A blend of geranium, vetiver and Aussie sandalwood, this one is for those with nature-loving partners.

    Buy 100ml for $70 from Myer.

    5. This hardwood floor cleaner, made for housekeeping novices like myself — just squirt and mop, and voila! Floors are like new again.

    @methodhome / Via, Method Home SIngapore / Via

    This cleaner is plant-based and biodegradable, and importantly for someone time-poor as myself (and aren't we all?), so easy to use. Just squirt some on your wooden or laminate floors, mop it up and say hello to your reflection in your like-new, shiny floors.

    Buy a pack of six for $21.89 from Amazon Australia.

    6. This gel mould and mildew remover, that does all the dirty work in the shower you've been avoiding.


    I love me a quick fix. This highly concentrated (wear gloves!), mould and mildew remover is effective and requires very little effort. Simply squeeze gel along the grout you want to revive, leave for five to six hours, then wash off with running water. Much cheaper than renovating the bathroom, really.

    Buy for $21.99 from Amazon Australia.

    7. This drain snake that will unclog the hair that has been building up since you've been sprouting follicles on top of your head.


    If I'm honest, I can't look at this photo without gagging a touch. I imagine doing the job itself would be much the same, but it needs to be done, so might as well get it over and done with faster, right? There are two different lengths to choose from, 50cm and 60cm, so no matter how far down you've managed to shove your hair, the tiny claws along its length will be able to pull it all out in one go.

    Buy a pack of four for $7.99 from Amazon Australia.

    8. This over-the-door shoe organiser, which will prevent guests from tripping over the shoes you used to just kick off in your youth.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This one comes with 24 mesh pockets — thinner shoes, like ballet flats and sandals, can fit in the one pocket, while bigger pairs can be spread over two. If your door is more narrow, you can purchase a 12 pocket organiser.

    Promising review: "I've always lined my shoes neatly in a row on my closet floor — but with my addiction, they were starting to take up more space than my husband was willing to give. Enter this shoe organiser. I have to admit, it's kinda brilliant. I can still display my fancy heels in my closet, but the shoes that get regular use go here at the end of the day, right next to our keys."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy for $13 from Amazon Australia.

    9. This cord organiser, because though it never bothered you as a kid, the mess of cords behind your desk are starting to make your eye twitch.


    Constructed from durable silicone instead of hard plastic and fitted with self-adhesive backing, this is the easiest (and cheapest) damn thing to use to sort out your cables. Use on your bedside table (yeah, I know you keep your phone next to you), desk and even your car.

    Buy for $9.99 from Amazon Australia.

    10. This microfibre blind cleanser, because waving a duster back and forth isn't doing much more than spreading dust around the room.


    Microfibre cloths gather dust to the themselves, rather than spreading it to the air or floor below. The genius of this tool is in its three-arm design, which allows you to clean two blinds at a time, making a fairly tedious job end faster. Once you're done, simply take the cloths off and chuck them in the washing machine for use again in the future.

    Buy for $15.91 from Amazon Australia.

    11. This wine aerator and decanter, which will give them the best glass of wine every time – though you just picked the bottle up from Aldi.


    This ergonomically-designed device adds the perfect amount of air into wine and removes any sediment. Simply pour wine from the bottle, through the device and into your glass. Look at you , no longer drinking wine out of a goon bag — such a grown up.

    Buy for $18.99 from Amazon Australia.

    12. These flocked hangers, which unlike wire hangers, will ensure your clothes stay in place and won't get damaged.

    Kmart, Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "These are such an easy way to make your closet look so much neater. These have little grooves for spaghetti straps and a horizontal rail to fold pants over, so it can be used for everything in your closet. Thanks to the slip-resistant material, nothing ever falls off. Plus, they look much better than wire hangers. Just waiting for my husband to get on board and do his side of the wardrobe..."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy a pack of eight for $3.50 from Kmart.

    13. This small push close container from Kmart, which gives my pantry the kind of uniformity that only a grown up could achieve.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This one touch close container is so easy to use — no fidgety clamps or hard-to-open screw lids. It has a silicone lining on the inside of the lid, making it ideal for keeping snacks fresh for longer.

    Promising review: "There's this whole corner of Pinterest that is just organised pantries. I swear, it's the most soothing thing to behold and I was determined to make my pantry over the same way. The key to getting yours to look like the ones on Pinterest is using uniform, stackable containers. I love these ones from Kmart — rather than a bunch of half-eaten bags of snacks everywhere, I can stack them all neatly in a row. They also come in several larger sizes, so I can use the same design for my pasta, cereal and larger snacks."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy a small container for $6 from Kmart.

    14. These Scholl gel shoe inserts, because now that you're a real adult, you care about arch support.


    Should you have a really high arch, like me, the idea of hitting the pavement with speed sounds like a light form of torture. These gel shoe inserts promise to support your arch with its ergonomically-shaped design and shock-absorbing gel construction — a firmer one to support your arch and a softer one to cushion your joints. This particular design is designed to fit a men's size 7-12.

    Buy for $19.60 from Amazon Australia.

    15. These blemish patches, which protect your acne from bacteria as it heals.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    These patches are made of hydrocolloid, a wound-healing material that protects against bacteria. Ultra-thin and complete with a matte finish, they can be worn on top of inflamed and acne-prone skin, and under foundation (!). A few hours later, your zits will have shrunk noticeably. No wonder people are buying these in bulk.

    Read all about their genius here.

    Buy a pack of 18 patches for $5.90 from Amazon Australia.

    16. These clothing rack dividers, because these days, nothing excites you like organisation.


    In a shared closet, you can use these plastic discs to separate your clothes from your partner's. Otherwise, you can separate your shirts from your tees, your pants from your skirts — never again dig in your mass of black clothing for ages because you don't know where your favourite black leggings are.

    Buy a pack of 20 and a black marker for $11.99 from Amazon Australia.

    17. These bed sheet fasteners, which will give the illusion of a made bed, but really, the only difference is that your bloody fitted sheets are in place for once.


    All the tossing and turning in bed has rendered the elastic edges of my fitted sheet utterly useless. These suspender-looking devices clip to a corner of each end of the sheet, under your mattress, meaning you can have a jumping competition on your bed and your sheets won't budge.

    Buy a pack of four for $12.50 from Amazon Australia.

    18. And finally, this smart ceramic mug that will ensure your ageing, frail body always stays warm.


    I do not know what it's like to have a hot cup of tea. Like, I can not even fathom the sensation. Who has the time to sit with a mug in hand, waiting for it to reach the optimum temperature before it gets cold?! Enter this ceramic mug which will keep your drink at the exact temperature you prefer, is controlled via app and sits on a charging coaster — ready for whenever you need a caffeine kick.

    Buy for $79.95 from Amazon Australia.

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