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    28 Things You Might Need If Adulting Is Not Your Strong Suit

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    1. A toilet wand you probably should've gotten a long time ago, but hey — it's never too late to start cleaning the can.

    The kit comes with one wand, a caddy, and 16 disposable scrubber refills.

    Promising review: "Do you ever look at your toilet brush in disgust and resentment? How is a dirty used-up brush still sitting in your throne room? You clean your bathroom, but then you put that sucker down in its place and it's just mocking you. It's never truly immaculate. Never knowing true cleanliness. Fear no more. Now you can shine your porcelain throne and not have to worry about a used up toilet brush mocking your clean, sparkling bathroom. Gone are the days of breathing in dirty poop particles from the reusable potty-cleaning-brush-thingy. Clorox Toilet Wand: the answer to your prayers if you want an easy, deep clean and to toss away the brush after you're done. Fast, cheap, and easy. Just how we like to clean." —Juliana

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59.

    2. A honeycomb organizer if the drawers for your ~drawers~ are looking a little worse for wear.

    reviewer's drawer with individual pairs of underwear tucked into the honeycomb organizer

    The organizer can be trimmed to fit in your drawers!

    Promising review: "Okay, admittedly, I am a bit of an organization freak. I purchased two of these organizers (yes, you do need two PER drawer) to organize my underwear drawer. I agree that $20 seems like a lot to pay for a few pieces of plastic to organize a drawer no one else really sees, but... it's totally worth it. The gratification I got from being able to see exactly what I had, neatly organized, easy to find... Wow. I definitely recommend this product. And the actual dividers are well-made and super easy to assemble. As a previous reviewer said, the number of times you will look at your drawer and be totally satisfied makes the price well worth it." —Brigette

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    3. A handy checklist that will hold you accountable for completing tasks. Hey, if it takes a pushy piece of paper to get you through the day, I won't question it.

    paper reading "action items" with spaces to write tasks, their urgency, and notes

    Promising review: "These are perfect for me to jot down to-do items as I think of them. Digital to-do lists are great, but they're easy to minimize or get hidden behind other windows I have open. I keep a pad of the Action Items! on my desk, kinda in my way, so the list is always present and I can add or check things off as i go. And, yes, I am one of those people who might possibly write down something I accomplished just so I could cross it off the list." —BWall

    Get it from Amazon for $8 (available in 15 styles).

    4. A houseplant insect trap for anyone who's had it up to *here* with gnats circling your head while you're just trying to relax at home.,

    The traps do not contain pesticides.

    Promising review: "I’ve had these all around my house plants for over five months now and they just keep catching gnats! I put water on them and get them stuck on leaves and surfaces sometimes, but it’s easy to put them back in place and they remain sticky. They are a bit unsightly to have on my plants, but I’m happy that they keep my gnat problem under control. The gnats fly in through my window screen and use to linger in my house for days! But now they get trapped on the sticky traps relatively quickly and don’t breed in my plants anymore! I will definitely buy more once these traps get less sticky or when they start looking gross." —david

    Get seven traps from Amazon for $5.09.

    5. An underwear subscription so you can stave off the dreaded laundry day without having to go commando just a liiiittle bit longer.

    two butts laying side by side with two different styles of tie-dye underwear on

    What you get: A monthly pair of underwear for you *or* you and a partner. Pick from eight styles, and a myriad of fun colors and patterns. Available in men's and women's sizes XS–4XL.

    Get it from MeUndies for $14+ for one pair/month or $30 for two matching pairs/month.

    6. A set of microfiber glasses cleaning cloths, because if you continue to throw your glasses about carelessly, you're gonna need a great way to clean them. I'm sorry I have to be the one to tell you this, but the bottom of your T-shirt is NOT gonna get those smudges off.

    person cleaning glasses with microfiber cloth

    Promising review: "I'm not one to write reviews so quickly after receiving things, but I have to comment on these cloths! I usually dislike microfiber cloths — I know they are supposedly great for cleaning your glasses and screens, but every single microfiber cloth I've ever used has left unbearable streak marks on every surface, whether used by itself or with a cleaning product. When I opened these cloths, I immediately used one to clean my glasses that I hadn't been able to clean properly all day, and my glasses came out streak-free and beautiful! Love these. I was hesitant to spend so much on cloths I was pretty sure I wouldn't like, but these blew me away! Most definitely will buy again." —Stephanie Hollander

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    7. A pan and lid organizer that can be used both horizontally and vertically so you never again get crushed by the avalanche of cookware that usually pours out of your cabinets.


    The rack holds five pans vertically and four pans horizontally.

    Promising review: "This rack is perfect. I put my largest skillet on the bottom and smallest at the top. I did not secure the rack with the screws that came with it so I can easily move it if I move my pots and pans area. Even without securing it to the cabinet, it works perfectly and doesn't shift when I remove a pan. I also appreciate the color: others I have seen are shiny silver, which I did not want. I will be buying another one of these for our cabin. I have already recommended this rack to friends." —CustomerO

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    8. A new set of All-Clad nonstick pans so you can retire the 20-year-old one your mom gave you to start out when you finally got your own place.


    The pans are dishwasher-safe, but hand washing is recommended.

    Promising review: "These are the best non-stick pans I've ever used. Heavy pans with high sides so you can flip veggies while sautéing. Easy to clean. For years I've been buying throw away non stick skillets and replacing them yearly. Won't have to do that anymore." —calicoterri

    Get a large and small pan from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in two size pairs).

    9. A silicone earbud holder, because you absolutely cannot keep walking around with your headphones in a Rat King–esque knot. I'm putting my foot down!

    reviewer holding circular holder with headphones wrapped around it in their palm

    Promising review: "My headphones fit perfectly AND I have the ones with the mic. Very simple to use, and it fits in my purse and pocket!" —Patutii

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available two sizes and four colors).

    10. A foldable, reusable bag so you can always have one on you instead of having to remember to grab it before heading to the store. We both know that will literally never happen.


    Need some inspo to cut down on your plastic bag use this year? Check out "15 Facts That Will Make You Never Use Plastic Bags Again!"

    Promising review: "This is my second Baggu purchase. I have previously purchased one other standard nylon Baggu as well as the baby Baggu, which I frequently use to carry my lunch or for small shopping errands. I love that the Baggu of any size is so lightweight and can be folded up neatly into a pouch to drop into a purse, trunk, wherever. I keep one in my handbag, office desk drawer and car, and have found it much easier to avoid unnecessary usage of plastic shopping bags. It also takes up a lot less space than my other reusable bags, which makes storing them convenient and easy. Finally, the best part is that the Baggu is washable, which means no worrying about getting it dirty over time. Overall, this has been a great product that I would recommend to anyone looking to reduce plastic bag usage with a much more reliable and convenient carry option." —Sherlockian

    Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in 45 colors).

    11. A washable shower curtain liner, because the "buy a new plastic one every five years and just shower next to a mildewy nightmare" method needs to stop.

    reviewer's white cloth shower curtain liner hanging up

    The liner is machine washable for maximum cleanliness!

    Promising review: "This is the way to go if you've had it with trying to find the seemingly non-existent mildew-proof plastic liner. These are sheer enough to let a fair amount of light through and it took eight months for any mildew to start forming in a shower where before I'd be replacing the liner every three months. The liner launders perfectly (used gentle cycle and extra low heat) so unless it's used roughly I can see it remaining in good shape through a number of wash cycles." —A. Quint

    Get it from Amazon for $8.04+ (available in six colors and six fabrics).

    12. A subscription to Billie, which ~cuts~ your razor costs by delivering four cartridges at a time for only $9! Your first kit also comes with a chic handle and any extras you may need, majorly cutting down your list of things you need to remember to get at the store. Why are razors so impossible to remember?

    Hands holding a "Billie" box with a periwinkle razor peeking out

    What you get: The starter kit comes with a handle, a magnetic holder, and two razor cartridges. Four replacement cartridges are sent every one, two, or three months, depending on how often you need them. Shave gel, lotion, and other extras can be added as well!

    Promising review: "Shaving is probably one of my least favorite things to do, but after discovering Billie, somehow it doesn’t seem so terrible anymore. The main issue I run into while shaving is having no place to store my razor (I don’t like resting my razor on surfaces that haven’t been disinfected). Billie razors come with a magnetic holder that you can stick anywhere, and it just makes the whole shaving process So. Much. Easier. I just pop the razor on the holder whenever I need to rinse off or take a break and I feel at ease knowing it stays clean and within reach. It’s also safer than leaving the razor on the tub rim, where it can easily slip down into the tub and cut my feet! Also, I’m not a very hairy person so I like to re-use my razors for as long as I can, but they would always get rusty within a couple of days. The blades on my Bille razor have stayed rust-free and sharp at least twice as long as regular ones (I do keep it on a wall right outside the shower so it can dry off properly). As for the razor itself, it’s probably the smoothest one I’ve ever used. It almost makes shaving feel like a luxurious experience. I just love it so much!" —Yi Yang, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get it from Billie starting at $9 (available in five colors).

    To read more about how much my coworkers and I love Billie, check out "We Tried That Pretty Razor Subscription All Over Instagram And, TBH, We Loved It."

    13. Some handy file folders to keep your important documents safe and sound and avoid that pre-DMV panic.

    pastel blue, pink yellow, and green accordion folders with one little smiley face on them

    Promising review: "I am on the road all the time for work, and these have made my life so much easier! I have almost every color of these and use one for my personal (bills to pay, checks to cash, to-do lists, forms to sign, etc.), another for anything that pertains to a specific day, and one for each of my clients. I could easily see these being great for high school or college classes. These go from the floor of my car, to my bottomless purse, to the kitchen counter — they go everywhere and they have held up great! I absolutely love these!" —Jenna Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 10 colors).

    For more on these folders, check out "You Can Fit Your Whole Damn Life Into These Adorable File Folders."

    14. A wine stain remover if you tend to get a little too loosey-goosey with the grip on your merlot and spill a bit every now and again (aka all the time).

    Promising review: "When you have anything white in your house and you have a love for red wine THIS PRODUCT IS A MUST! We had a dinner party of about 15 people in our house so I bought five bottles just in case. Someone spilled red wine on our brand new white couch. I was so mad, but I used this stuff and it was GONE. It didn't just take most of the red wine out — the red wine was GONE! No trace of it at all! I will buy more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.23.

    15. A Home Chef subscription, because takeout is more tempting than ever, but these meals are simple to make and so tasty. You can pick from tons of customizable meals each week, so what are you waiting for? Get planning!

    Home Chef

    What you get: Your choice of meals with perfectly portioned ingredients and easy step-by-step instructions. You also have the chance to customize the dishes you choose so they're shipped to your specifications.

    Get it from Home Chef starting at $6.99 per serving.

    Check out this week's menu, which features Steak and Garlic Thyme Butter (left) and Cajun Shrimp Tacos (right).

    16. A handheld vacuum with a wide or narrow nozzle so the next time you make a bit of a mess, you don't have to scoop it up ashamedly with your hands — we have the technology, please use it.


    The vacuum is bagless for easy emptying and even comes with a wall mount so cleanliness is always within reach.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this product. Bought for my bathroom to clean up hair on a daily basis, I have a lot of it. Cleans up everything and holds a charge for many uses. Also easy to empty and clean!" —Melissa Nau

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99+ (available in two styles).

    17. A password journal, because you will never ever remember all of your passwords. I'm sorry to be so blunt, but if you're making unique ones like I HOPE you're doing, you're gonna need a little assistance.


    Promising review: "I LOVE this little book! What an awesome idea someone had when they came up with this! I have always had to write my passwords in some sort of notebook/journal since I have so many accounts and can never remember any of them, but this just made it SO much easier! It’s in alphabetical order which is super convenient and it’s discreet yet not boring enough to get shuffled away with other paperwork and notebooks." —Erika Gustafson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes).

    18. A hanger stacker so the bottom of your closet can finally *not* be a mess! No more fighting with tangled hooks just to hang up one shirt.

    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 Adams

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49.

    19. A pet hair vacuum for anyone who loves being a pet parent but can't seem to get up the gumption to clean the endless amount of shedding that comes along with that. This'll make it as easy as possible.

    The hand vac has a 16-foot power cord and comes with two nozzles for cleaning upholstery, carpeting, and the inside of your car.

    Promising review: "Holy crap! Are you skeptical when it comes to buying stuff online? ME TOO! But I have four cats and a golden retriever, so I was getting desperate! A picture is worth a thousand words — check mine out! The 'before' picture was taken of my dog's bed AFTER it went through the washer and dryer. Look at all of that left behind hair! The 'after' picture was taken after only THREE MINUTES spent vacuuming her bed. I. Am. SOLD!" —Luka Chan

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    20. A vacuum insulated water bottle, because popular culture says the solution to all of your problems is to simply drink more water. And hey, you'll probably be more likely to do that from a cute bottle!

    mint green water bottle with faux wood top with a loop

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon for $17.99 (available in two colors).

    21. A makeup remover towel that takes off your stubborn full-face with only water and mere swipes. Please tell me you're taking your makeup every 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 of 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." —RachelM

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $4.49 (available in four colors).

    22. A clean/dirty dishwasher magnet for anyone who can never seem to remember if the dishes have been washed. I get it, remembering anything is hard.

    white and black octagon magnet that says dirty on one side and clean on the other

    Promising review: "My kid always used to ask, 'MOM ARE THESE CLEAN OR DIRTY DISHES?' Now, I don’t have to answer the same question over and over again. Thank you! It works great. I just stick it to the dishwasher and turn it so they know if the dishes are clean or dirty. I’ve had this for five or more years now. I love it." —Brighteyez

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    23. A Quip toothbrush and floss subscription so you always have a fresh brush right when you need it. You may not regularly go to the dentist, but this brush can at least help you clean all four corners of your mouth for the perfect amount of time with its helpful cues.


    The starter set comes with an electric toothbrush base, a cover/mount, toothpaste, and a refillable floss case. Refills come with the option of a brush head, floss refills, AAA battery, and toothpaste.

    Get a starter set from Quip for $30+ with $5+ refills every three months.

    Quip won as the inexpensive option in The Best Electronic Toothbrushes on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    24. A bottle of wrinkle releaser spray for at least looking like you had time to get yourself together in the morning. Fake it 'til ya make it.

    Promising review: "As a college student with a full course load, I'm in and out of my room all the time. This helps me keep my clothes wrinkle-free without having to waste time ironing them. It's also great as it leaves a VERY nice smell on my clothes." —Seth

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.94.

    25. A cup holder car trash can, because you might not mind when your feet have to crunch through trash just to get in the vehicle, but your passengers almost certainly do.

    the cup-shaped trash can with a closing push lid in a car cup holder

    Promising review: "It’s ridiculous how much I love these! The push part is on a spring so it stays closed when you aren’t pushing it, and of course it perfectly fits in the cup holder of our vehicles. Pro tip: a quart-sized Ziploc is the perfect size to add as a liner and fold over the top to keep the inside clean!" —Chaos Coordinator

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    26. A Tile Sport for keeping tabs on your valuables and tracking them down if they happen to go missing. Your wallet and keys haven't been "running away" — you just haven't been amazing at keeping track of them.

    small grey tile square on reviewer's keyring

    The Tile Sport has a 200-foot range, rings when you need to find it, can make your phone ring even when it's on silent, and is waterproof.

    Promising review: "Finally went and got this after I was done with losing my keys all the time. Being able to literally ring my keys not to mention other items has proved invaluable and has saved me a lot of time not having to look for important things like this. Highly recommend." —Dave

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    27. And if all else fails, a bag of highly caffeinated Death Wish coffee, because maybe grown ups aren't that productive — they're just over-caffeinated.

    hand holding bag of coffee with skull and crossbones on it

    Folks who normally rely on constant refills of normal roasts find themselves only having a cup or two of this with the same results. You've been warned. Death Wish coffee is fair-trade and organic.

    Promising review: "Ok folks, words of warning, ration out your coffee. If you drink a 24 ounce Starbucks, you need an 8 ounce of this as your FIRST cup. I'm serious here, heed my warning or you could end up cleaning your entire house, doing all your yard work, making love to your partner, waxing your car, building a garage, or single-handedly raising the Titanic on your own, all in the first hour after drinking this wonderful coffee. You have been warned." —ItsTheXFactor

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96.

    Learn more about Death Wish coffee in "This Super Caffeinated Coffee Is About To Make Your Sluggish Mornings So Much Better."

    Congrats on being the most adult adult who has ever been an adult!


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

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