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    29 Things That’ll Help You Be A Better Adult In 2020

    Get your life together just in time for the new decade.

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    1. A pair of bamboo charcoal shoe deodorizers so you can stop throwing out shoes that became too stinky to wear.

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    These can be reused for up to two years. To rejuvenate, simply place the bags in the sun once a month for at least one hour. I have these at home and swear by them! Read our full review of Moso bamboo charcoal deodorizers.

    Get them from Amazon Canada for $12.95.

    2. A clothes folder to help you fold laundry into perfectly neat stacks, the kind that would make Marie Kondo proud. It can be adjusted to accommodate thicker pieces like sweaters.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.99 (comes with a set of clothespins).

    3. A produce pod that'll make your groceries last a lot longer so you'll actually have a chance to eat those fruits and veggies before they perish.

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    Read our full review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers!

    Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $23.97.

    4. An annoying, but effective app that'll force you to get up and take a photo of a designated place in your home in order to turn off the alarm.

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    It also has a shake mode (shake the phone a number of times to turn off alarm) and a math mode (solve math problems to turn off alarm).

    Get it from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free.

    5. A time-marked water bottle for keeping track of how much water you drink throughout the day. It also has a handy built-in straw and carrying loop.

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    It's also BPA-free and air-insulated to keep your water cold for longer!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $23.95+. Available in nine colours and a larger size.

    6. A pack of vacuum storage bags that will prevent your off-season clothing from taking over the entire closet. Think of all the space you'll save!

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    Read our review of these vacuum storage bags (#2 on the list)!

    Get a set of five from Amazon Canada for $24.49+. Available in four sizes and variety packs.

    7. A magnetic meal-planning pad to stick on the fridge so you'll stop ordering so much takeout.

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    It has over 60 tear off sheets per pad, which is more than enough for one full year of meal and grocery planning.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $20.23.

    8. A makeup-removing microfibre cloth for wiping your face off before bed, if you're too tired for a full skincare routine. It'll get rid of all the products with just a bit of water.

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    This is one of those purchases that, while more expensive today, will save you lots of cash down the road. No more cotton pads, no more last-minute Shoppers runs, and no more makeup wipes that dry out a week after you buy them! It's also our mid-priced pick for the best makeup remover at BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $26. Available in several colours and designs.

    9. A stunning reusable cutlery set so you can leave disposable plastic ones back in 2019. It's an easy way to be a bit more eco-friendly in your daily life.

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    The set includes a knife, a spoon, a fork, a pair of chopsticks, a cleaning brush, a straight straw, a bent straw, and a carrying case.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.99. Available in nine colours.

    10. A mini emergency kit to carry in your bag at all times, just in case something happens (and usually something does).

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    This tiny kit is waterproof, lightweight, and includes 100 individual pieces like bandages, burn gel, iodide pads, and more.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $16.99.

    11. A pair of scrub brushes that have your back no matter how stuck-on or deeply-embedded the grime at hand happens to be.

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    The large brush is designed for grout, shower-door tracks, stove tops, and the small brush is for fixtures and tight hard-to-clean spaces.

    Get them on from Amazon Canada for $8.

    12. A to-do list that doubles as a mouse pad. (Pssst. In the "Never, Ever Do" section, you should put "send out an email without checking if the whole office is CC'ed.")

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    Promising review: "Very useful especially for people who are forgetful. It’s right in front of you every time you are at your desk. And it helps me concentrate instead of thinking about everything while trying to work. It calms and focuses my brain." —Shannon

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.61.

    13. A day-of-the-week pill organizer so you never forget to take your medication and supplements on time.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.88.

    14. A pet hair–removing roller that'll actually get rid of the layer of fur covering...well, pretty much everything in sight. You love your furry friend, but it would be nice to see the original color of the couch again! / Via

    It has 6,000 five-star reviews! This roller doesn't use adhesive sheets — it has a special lint-trapping surface that can be reused over and over again!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $33.95.

    15. A set of greeting cards to always keep on hand for special occasions. You never know when you might need to write a thank you, get well soon, or birthday card.

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    Get a pack of 48 cards on Amazon Canada for $17.09.

    16. An eyeliner stamp so getting matching wings isn't such a drawn-out ordeal. It'll shave at least fifteen minutes off your morning routine.

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    One side is a winged stamp and the other side is a regular eyeliner pen.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.97.

    17. A pack of washing-machine tablets to dissolve and wash away any odour-causing residue in your front-loader so you clothes stop coming out smelling less than clean.

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    Although if you struggle with lots of mould in your machine, you may want to start pulling out any parts that stay wet for too long (like the detergent tray) when you're done with all laundry from the day, so they can actually dry.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon Canada for $8.99.

    18. A roller stamp for protecting yourself against identity theft — black out sensitive info on letters, receipts, and documents before throwing them in the trash.

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    It comes with six ink refills.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.99.

    19. The Martha Manual — a book on how to do *almost* everything so you can learn some new and useful life skills. You'll learn how to transport a decorated cake, how to sew a tote bag, how to bathe a cat, and more!

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $36.99. Also available for Kindle.

    20. A white noise sound machine to help you tune out any disturbances (like your loud, nocturnal neighbours) and get better sleep.

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    It comes with 20 non-looping fan and white noise sounds.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $39.99 (available in two colors).

    21. A cold brew maker so you can save a few bucks on your morning coffee. Those Starbucks runs add up!

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    Read our review of the Tayeka cold brew maker!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $24.51.

    22. A super effective natural stain remover for anyone who's tired of wearing/throwing away stained clothes. With this on hand, no one will ever know how clumsy you are.

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    Looking for more before and after photos? Check out our full review on this stain remover.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.54.

    23. A handheld steamer to for transforming a shirt from a balled-up-mess to interview-ready in five minutes. It'll also banish odor-causing bacteria.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $39.99.

    24. A pack of leak-proof food storage containers that are perfect for meal-prepping and packing a lunch. Oh, and did we mention that they are totally leakproof?


    Read our review on these Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage containers!

    Get a 10-piece set from Amazon Canada for $28.90.

    25. And a clever cookbook that'll show you how to prepare meals for the entire week starting with base dishes made over the weekend.

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    The chapters are divided based on the seasons, so you're cooking with seasonal ingredients!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $39.76. Also available for Kindle.

    26. A pair of rubber massage balls for tackling your muscle knots, if you're not down to drop $$$$ on a spa sesh.


    Get them from Amazon Canada for $30.96. Available in other colours.

    27. A set of TableTopics cards so you can host a proper dinner party without worrying about the conversation running dry.

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    Get them from Amazon Canada for $30.

    28. A set of mesh laundry bags so your delicates won't get torn up in the wash. Think of the money you'll save on underwear!

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    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $16.99.

    29. A pack of makeup brush cleaning wipes that'll make washing your makeup brushes and sponges so much easier. They'll get rid of leftover product, oil, and bacteria without leaving behind a residue!

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    The wipes are free of parabens, phthalates, petroleum, and perfume!

    Get a pack of 25 wipes from Amazon Canada for $10.99.

    Cheers to a more amazing you in 2020!

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