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    38 Things That’ll Help You Be A Better Adult In 2019

    2019 — the year that your apartment will finally be clean, the bills will be paid on time, and you will (try to) eat pizza for dinner less often.

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


    Promising review: "I love this meal planner and shopping list! In my house, it was constantly 'what do you want to eat,' 'what do we have,' blah blah, etc. Now, I can lay out the week's meals and get my shopping list prepared so I make sure I don't miss anything at the grocery store. The magnet on the back is strong and holds it to the fridge perfectly, even with the door opening and closing constantly. The perforation is good and doesn't stray off into the paper like some cheaper papers do. Will be buying again when my current one gets low." —Haley

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    2. A Quip electric toothbrush — you can get head refills sent to you every three months so you won't forget to change it.


    When you purchase a set, it comes with the Quip brush, travel cover mount, a large toothpaste, and a travel-sized toothpaste. Then for $10 every three months, you’ll be sent a new brush head, AAA battery, and two different-sized toothpastes — this refill subscription is optional, though, so you can just get the toothbrush set if you want!

    Get the plastic version from Quip for $25 (or $40 for the metallic version).

    It's our cheap pick for the best electric toothbrush on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    3. A personalized monthly vitamin subscription that caters to your body's needs. You'll be taking care of your health, and it won't feel like a chore!


    Check out our review of Care/of!

    Subscriptions start at $5/month.

    4. A makeup-removing microfiber cloth for wiping your face off before bed, if you're too tired for a full skincare routine.


    These are machine-washable and reusable.

    Promising review: "OBSESSED with these. I'm a skin freak and HATE using makeup wipes since they make my face feel oily and gross. I run these under hot water, rub, and my makeup is off completely. I honestly don't understand how or why it happens, but it's magic! I recommend it to all my friends and family. LOVE that I just can wash them with my laundry, and it's like brand new and still works." —TG

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $3.99.

    5. A digital food scale (with a helpful kitchen conversion chart on the measuring surface) so you can stop ~guess-timating~ the ingredients and follow the recipe down to the last gram.


    Read our full review of this kitchen scale.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $19.99.

    6. A 15-minute hourglass to remind you to take a little bit of time for yourself each day, whether to write in a journal, meditate, or self-reflect.


    Promising review: "I keep it at my desk at work. Our office is very modern, and this fits right in. I use it when I need to focus on a task, and it's so effective and beautiful to just see it in your peripheral while you're on your screen. Highly recommended! I love the mixed sand color, it's very subtle but adds great texture and heightens the design." —jessla

    Get it from CB2 for $7.95.

    7. Vault — a budgeting app that'll track your income and expenses and give you an estimated balance forecast for any date in the future. This is perfect for saving up for a vacation, a big purchase, or retirement because you can see your progress.

    iTunes Store

    Promising review: "Tried a million budget apps but they all want me to set an allotted amount for everything instead of just letting me record how much things are. This calendar interface is my favorite since we get one paycheck weekly and one bi-weekly and one payment monthly. This lets me input all that and all my reoccurring bills and gives me an idea what my balance will be every week! This is exactly the budget app I needed." —Krystald14

    Get it from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free (in-app purchases available).

    8. Washable cotton insoles for lining flats or loafers (or any shoes you don't want to wear socks with). No more sweaty feet and stinky shoes!

    Promising review: "Ladies, do you own flats and are tired of your shoes getting nasty inside? This is the solution. I have wide feet, and they fit my shoes perfectly. These are literally saving the leather soles of my shoes and keeping my tootsies fresh and dry. And these can be washed. My no-show socks constantly slid off. With these insoles, I don’t have to wear skipping socks any longer. I will be ordering a few more sets for backups and other shoes." —Melba

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $15.19 (available in women's sizes 5–12, men's sizes 8–13, and two colors).

    9. A temperature-regulating comforter so you won't wake up in the middle of the night feeling too hot or too cold.


    This comforter is made of Hygro cotton — this kind of cotton features yarn with a hollow core, making it more breathable and softer wash after wash. It's also moisture-wicking and can keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $97.59+ (available in sizes twin–king).

    10. 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.")


    Promising review: "I love this mousepad. Having my to-do list in front of me all the time motivates me to get things done." —Kathryn426

    Get it from Amazon for $14.14.

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


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

    Promising review: "This device saved. My. Life. Well, not literally, but it definitely saved my sanity. I'm a highly anxious person who is extremely noise sensitive and vulnerable to sensory overload. Cue moving into my first college apartment, where the upstairs neighbors' every footstep can be heard amplified and bass boosted through my ceiling. (Of course, before I signed the lease, the landlord didn't mention this... 'feature.') My room is right below their kitchen, so in addition to the stomping, I can hear all their yelling and banging around pots and pans all hours of the day and into the night. I was losing a LOT of sleep over this, and it ramped up my anxiety tenfold. I felt like I couldn't be at peace in my own home and dreaded having to come back here at all...

    Anyway, I almost considered moving out or at least switching to an upstairs unit... that is, until I happened upon this amazing little device. I never cared for white noise machines that weren't true white noise; ocean waves and rainfall isn't as soothing when you have upstairs neighbors with lead for feet. You really need a good, loud, pure white noise that masks all frequencies and that your brain can easily ignore, so it seems as if there's no noise at all. This thing was absolutely perfect for me, as it only had white noise and fan sounds (and a variety of 'em!) that can get loud enough to mask anything. I mean ANYTHING. I can now peacefully snooze through not only my neighbors' stomping kitchen antics, but also the 8 a.m. garbage truck arriving bright and early every Wednesday. I don't wake up in the middle of the night anymore because my neighbor wants a midnight snack. I can come home after classes and enjoy an afternoon nap without disturbances. I sleep much more deeply and peacefully overall. And it's all thanks to the LectroFan.

    I'm telling you, if you can relate to my situation in the slightest, just don't even worry about the cost. I would honestly pay double for this if I knew how much it would improve my quality of life." —Courtney

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in two colors).

    12. A set of exercise playing cards for a cheap and easy way to get a good work out at home.


    There are 50 exercises in total! Each card shows an exercise in three difficulty levels to accommodate different abilities (beginner, intermediate, advanced).

    Promising review: "I'd highly recommend this and all FitDeck products! We generally work out for an hour at a time — start with a one- to two-mile run, then do a handful of FitDeck cards, then about 10 minutes of stretching. The hour goes by really fast. By shuffling the cards and drawing them in random order, you get something different for each workout, which keeps it from getting boring. Since I have to look at a card every minute or so, it also keeps me mentally engaged, so I don't zone out. We usually didn't work out when we traveled, but now we take the bodyweight FitDeck with us so we make it a point to at least squeeze in a light workout. We love it!" —S. Berg

    Get them from Amazon for $14.39 (available in three styles).

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


    Read our review of the Tayeka cold brew maker!

    Promising review: "Bought this for my wife, and now I have become a cold-brew expert. Easy to use, easy to clean, and makes incredible-tasting coffee. This process removes all the bitterness and is easily our favorite way to enjoy our favorite drink. For the price you have to pay for cold brew at fancy coffee shops, this thing pays for itself pretty quickly. Try this once, and you'll love it." —Mark C

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    14. A set of matching cotton sheets that'll make your room look ten times more put together and grown-up.

    Tuft & Needle

    Read one BuzzFeed editor's experience with sleeping on white sheets!

    Get a set from Tuft & Needle for $75 (available in sizes twin–California King and three colors).

    15. A little glass rabbit who will help you develop good habits. For example, if you want to go running more, just put it next to your sneakers for a gentle reminder.


    This little guy comes with another smaller pewter rabbit, so you'll have two!

    Promising review: "I love rabbits and glass pieces. I ordered this immediately as I loved the concept. Too many times I get to the end of the day and forgot about the daily tasks that I wanted to make part of my life. I then feel terrible. This is a wonderful idea as I'm very visual and know that having this little reminder on my kitchen sink and in my bedroom will help remind me of what I want to do for me when I'm performing all my other tasks." —Cat W

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $25.

    16. A shower clock and timer so you're not always late because the water temperature was juuuust right.


    Promising review: "I have this in my shower because I was getting late for work because I was taking very long showers. The different time settings have helped to develop discipline. It is water resistant; I love it. It saved my hurried mornings." —Murang'a's Finest

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    17. A cookbook that'll show you how to prepare meals for the entire week starting with base dishes made over the weekend.


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

    Promising review: "Love it already, the food is delicious and meal prep during the week is done in seconds. Already made some for guests, and they were shocked at the three-course meal I put out with only a few minutes notice!" —Kaitlyn Martins

    Get it from Amazon for $23.79.

    18. 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.


    Get a 48-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    19. A time-marked mug for keeping track of how much water you drink throughout the day. If you finish two mugs of water (refill at 2 p.m.), you would have met your goal of eight glasses per day!

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

    Promising review: "Yes, this water bottle costs a lot, but it is the best! It is very lightweight and easy to carry around. Because you can close the tip of the straw, you don't have to worry about the straw getting dirty. Because I am the type of person who needs to reminded or forced to drink water, and this bottle serves the purpose. It helps me stay on track. I wish I did not spend money on other bottles and just bought this one a long time ago!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    20. An ultra-hydrating face mask because winter is here and part of being an adult means not ignoring dry, flaky skin.


    Promising review: "Okay, wow! Not only did this hydrate my very dry skin and save me from cold Canadian winters, but I also used this on my very dry elbows. Cleared up my rough, flaky elbows LIKE A DREAM! 12/10" —thelaurenlee

    Get it from Glossier for $22.

    21. An online course on photography for bloggers so you can finally start that website you've been planning.

    There are many other classes to choose from, such as chalk illustration, cookie decorating, and calligraphy!

    Get it from for $39. Or, check out other online courses.

    22. Or, a subscription to Craftsy Unlimited, which offers hours of video tutorials on crafts such as baking or urban sketching, so you can cultivate a few hobbies other than napping.


    Get a subscription for $7.99/month.

    23. A leak-proof food storage container perfect for meal-prepping and packing a lunch.


    Read our review on these Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage containers!

    Promising review: "This is really aesthetically pleasing and perfect for meal-prepping. My healthy salad and veggies look so bright and colorful — people often comment on how delicious my lunch looks, and it’s usually just a green salad. The crystal-clear container really makes it look appetizing, and the seal is super tight. I’ve thrown soup in my purse and carried it around all day without worrying. I’ve always preferred glass, but these are so light, nestle so well, are super easy to clean, and so drip-proof that maybe I’m a convert. I immediately purchased another set as soon as I got the first." —Joy3888

    Get them from Amazon: a lunch kit for $12.89 or a 14-piece set for $24.99

    24. A set of succulents because 1) plants add life to a home 2) you need to learn what it's like to be responsible for another living being.


    These succulents don't come with planters, but you can purchase them separately.

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $15.95.

    25. 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.

    Google Play

    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).

    Promising review: "I’ve never been able to be a morning person, even though I have dreams of being so. I’ve had to try many different alarm clocks because, well, my body seems to find a way to turn off every single alarm while I’m still half-asleep. Nothing has worked for me. However, I found this app about a month or two ago and have been using it every single morning. It’s extremely unique, and well, it’s a life-changer for me.

    I love the fact that you can set missions for your alarms, not to mention there’s a selection. I also love the little news board in the app. I’ll set a gentle tone for when I want to wake up, and set a mission like the memory game or math problems (I have to switch them up). Then I’ll set a second annoying alarm for around two to five minutes after my first one that requires me to get out of bed and scan an object in my kitchen. I’ll make myself scan things that I enjoy, like my box of English or Irish breakfast tea, and it gives me a reason to stay awake. Not to mention that reading a quick horoscope or news article in the morning helps my mind to get a jump start!

    It’s just overall really great, and customizable. There’s really something for everyone on this app, from the lightest sleeping morning bird to the heavy sleeping night owl. It’s helped me so much. Take this advice from someone who turns their alarm across the room off in their sleep every morning. This app is my lifesaver." —AngelGamer1224🎮

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

    26. A set of organic cotton tea towels to show you which wines pair well different foods.


    Promising review: "This is perfect for every wine pairing situation, and you always know where it is — unlike books and charts! Also, the towel is made of old-fashioned cotton, which is soft and absorbent, too." —Wino-phile

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $28.

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


    Promising review: "These balls have been an absolute blessing for me. I have been having pain in my lower back and glute area for quite some time. I’ve gotten massages, and each time I felt like it was a waste of money because my areas of concern weren’t better afterward at all. When I used these balls, they immediately hit right on the targets and got those knots right out. OMG! I wish I would’ve got these sooner. Totally worth getting for anyone who has those same kinds of muscle issues. You won’t regret it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three color combos).

    28. A portable steamer so you can look less disheveled on a daily basis. It's way easier to use than an actual iron.


    Promising review: "I needed something to get the wrinkles out of a few different dresses and hate to iron. I ordered this thinking it would be something I'd just use at home, but it's so compact that I'll definitely be traveling with it as well. It heats up fast and is easier than ironing. Very much worth the $20 I paid for it!" —Jessica L.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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

    Facebook: ecotools,

    This shampoo is free of parabens, phthalates, petroleum, and perfume!

    Promising review: "I'm terrible when it comes to taking care of my makeup and brushes. Those badger brushes I paid a ton for? Pretty sure they were still holding onto powder and eyeshadow from six years ago. In a rare moment of responsibility, I finally broke down and started looking for a brush cleaner. I picked this one based almost entirely on the add-on pricing. Well, I can happily say that this cleaner does a bang-up job! My brushes were saturated with old color, to the point that I thought I might need to spring for a new set. A little of this cleaner, a handful of seconds working it in and rinsing, and my brushes look practically as good as the day I bought them! Saved me a ton of money in new brushes, and it didn't take away from my being-lazy time!" —ysar

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

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


    This tiny kit includes deodorant towelette, stain remover, nail polish remover, dental floss, clear nail polish, lip balm, breath freshener, hair spray, mending kit with safety pin, double-sided tape strips, clear elastics, emery board, bobby pins, and hairspray.

    Get it from Francesca's or J.Crew for $18 or from Barnes & Noble for $17.95.

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


    It comes with three ink refills.

    Promising review: "I liked this product so much I bought another one as a gift. It works as promised, and you really cannot read what is underneath the stamp. Black permanent marker wasn't working very well and sometimes shredding takes too long. This is a great product." —Figs5

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

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


    Promising review: "We leave these on the table, and whenever there are a couple people around, we pull out a few cards and give them a whirl. You never know where the conversation will lead. Great little box of cards!" —SIMMONDS4

    Get them from Amazon for $25.

    33. A cooling and hydrating eye stick that'll rescue you after a long and sleepless night — reviewers say that it helps to visibly depuff and brighten the under-eye area.


    It's formulated with Icelandic mineral water.

    Promising review: "Holy cow. I was not expecting something so simple to be so amazing. I read another reviewer's comment about how they kept theirs in the fridge and tried this as well before trying it. After cleansing my face, I took this out and rubbed some under my eyes, and it was the most cooling and refreshing feeling! Not only that but the next day I visibly noticed lightening of my dark circles and the skin under my eyes looked brighter and well moisturized. I really enjoyed the scent of this as well and will definitely keep using this in the future because I actually look forward to taking my makeup off and using this every day!" —Amelia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    34. A pack of machine-washable (!!) fridge bin liners to help your produce last longer, so maybe they'll actually get a chance to be cooked.


    Find out exactly how long to store your groceries.

    Promising review: "Bought a new refrigerator so thought I would do it right. Great product; lets the air get under the fruit/veggies and keeps them fresh longer and keeps the drawers cleaner, too." —M. Kopp

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $3.99.

    35. 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.

    Read our review on the Puracy stain remover!

    Promising review: "I love that Puracy is natural and can remove such a wide range of stains. I move a lot, so it's great to have one thing that can take care of multiple needs. I was looking for a stain remover to get rid of three blood stains on my new white bedsheets about two weeks ago. I soaked the stains in Puracy for a day and a half, and it handled the stains beautifully. I couldn't believe my eyes. It looked like Puracy broke down the stain because it would turn green and shrink before your eyes! I had a toothbrush that I used to help scrub, but it was overall really easy, worked better than I could've expected, and kinda fun, too." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $11.13.

    36. 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!


    Promising review: "These bags are truly a laundry game changer. They not only help extend the life of delicates, but they allow me to do things like wash my nice sweater with my husband's heavy jeans without having to worry about sorting a million different loads. My family are minimalists, so we don't have enough laundry to sort like that." —Fabulous Monster

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.79.

    37. A pack of cleaning tablets that'll get rid of all the gunk and stinky odors in your dishwasher.

    Read our review of Affresh cleaning tablets!

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener no longer was doing its job, so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine, per instructions, and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully on a monthly basis, as recommended. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.38.

    38. A book on how to get your shit together and achieve your goddamn goals, whether that's going to the gym more, saving money, or just being less anxious.


    Promising review: "Another hit from the author of last year's best self-help parody. Whether you want a light read full of hilarious insights or actually need a kick in the ass to get your life together, this book has what you're looking for. This is the type of book that you buy someone as a gag gift and then read and keep for yourself because it was more honest and insightful than you ever expected. Highly recommend to the well-put-together and deviant alike." —Tom K

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59.

    Cheers to a more amazing you in 2019!

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    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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