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22 Ways To Be A Better Adult In February

Preparing for tax season, staying hydrated, washing your makeup brushes, and 19 other things that'll help you be a better adult this month.

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1. Get ready for tax season by sorting through all your documents and receipts and putting them into color-coded accordion files.

There are 13 pockets in each accordion file (one for each month and an extra one)!

Promising review: "I own two of these great looking accordions. I have one specifically for the bills for our house and the other one for work. I was impressed by the high quality, that I can expand it while in use and collapse it to save space when I am done. I am not a fan of filing but the colorful accordion makes me want to file and stay organized! I use a clear label from my label maker on the tabs for categories that are specific to me. Since the bottom is attached to the sections, I no longer worry about paper getting trapped at the bottom." —Taina

Get them from the Container Store: the receipt file for $4.99 and the letter file for $7.99.

2. Hit your daily fluid intake goals with a motivational water bottle. Keep it on your desk to remind you to take a sip every so often.

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Promising review: "The bottle is motivating and helps remind my daughter to stay hydrated. BPA-free glass. No waste. Just wash and reuse." —Shannonon

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $19.99.

3. Organize your day and jot down everything you need to do on a daily planning pad.

This notepad has these sections: date, must do today, other to-dos, important times, to buy, today I'm grateful for, exercise, meals, and water intake chart!

Promising review: "I keep this tear-off planner on my desk at work. As the day progresses, I add meetings, things I need at the grocery store, and things I remember out of the blue. It also helps me keep track of what I eat during the day and how many glasses of water I drink. I like the simplicity of it. It also reminds me to write down what I am thankful for, which makes me stop and think and recognize what I have in my life. It makes me focus on the positive instead of the negative." —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $8.95 (available in six designs).


4. Bring all the groceries from the car in one go with a sturdy bag carrier.

Promising review: "If you carry your groceries alone or have to go up stairs, these are an ESSENTIAL. Now that I've used them, I don't think I could ever go back. They're small and lightweight, fit easily in my glovebox or purse, and enable me to carry my entire grocery run up 30+ stairs without losing circulation in my hands. I'd recommend them to anyone and have started giving them as gifts." —bbbrittish

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99 or one from Walmart for $4.82.

6. Give yourself a quick and easy at-home facial by applying a hydrating sleeping mask. You'll wake up looking like a whole new person!

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This is especially great to use in the winter when it's super dry.

Promising review: "I use this every night. I apply a light layer on my face before bed and a slightly thicker layer on my one dry patch. My skin tone and texture is more even, my pores are tighter, and I think my skin looks less tired. I use this on top of my night time serum. I've really seen a transformation in my skin since I started using this a month ago. Plus, you can't beat the price. I don't know how/why it's priced so well, but I'm not complaining! It comes in a large jar, so there's plenty of product. I highly recommend this product." —fenerbahceli

Get it from Sephora for $25 or Jet for $23.66.

7. Take snacks, supplements, or baby food on the go in a set of twist-and-lock storage jars.,

These jars are BPA- and phthalate-free and dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: "This product is so easy to use. I was previously using snack-size bags every day to pack small snacks for myself or my children, but with the GoStak, I'm able to cut down on the usage of the zip-top bags, and I don't have to worry about anything spilling out in my purse. The lids lock on tightly and they all stay together; it makes it so easy to fill them up and just throw them in your purse or gym bag with no worries. I use it for snacks, shake powders, and vitamins, but the possibilities are endless. I would recommend the GoStak to everyone." —MomOnTheGo

Get a four-pack from Amazon (available in five styles and eight colors) or Jet for $10.99+ (available in three styles and four colors).


8. Pay all your bills on time by downloading a free app that reminds you exactly when everything is due.

Promising review: "With my short-term memory, this app really helps me a lot and reminds me of what bills that need to be paid on time. I love it so far; if I had four hands, I'd give it four thumbs up, LOL." —Lyssa Williams

Get it from the Google Play Store for free. Check out a similar app for iOS here.

10. Wipe grimy fingerprints (and other unidentified substances) off your phone and tablet using a touch-screen cleaner.

Promising review: "These screen cleaners are so much handier than using a cloth and so much more effective than wiping your screen on your jeans and calling it good. I keep one in my purse, the big one near where I charge my iPad, and another one near my phone charger. My screens stay so much cleaner now!" —Montana Girl

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two colors).

11. Brush up on your housekeeping skills (or learn some if you don't have any) by reading a best-selling book on the subject.

Check out a BuzzFeed editor's full review of this book here!

Promising review: "Bought as a Christmas gift for my 18-year-old; it had tips on almost everything. Good knowledge source for when the zombie apocalypse hits and Google goes down." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $15.93, Barnes & Noble for $16.68, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound here.


12. Wash your makeup brushes with a brush shampoo to get rid of leftover product, oil, and bacteria. It doesn't leave behind any residue!

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 or Walmart for $5.05.

13. Protect your eyes by investing in a good bedside/desk lamp. Don't strain your eyes by reading in overly dim or bright lighting or using a phone/tablet/laptop in the dark!

This lamp has five color modes (from warm to cool) and seven levels of brightness!

Promising review: "After years of working on a computer under what I now know to be the harsh lighting from a halogen desk lamp, my eyes are now happy. The illumination from this unit is much softer, plus it has several levels of brightness, adding to its effectiveness. I felt less eye strain right away, allowing me more time at the workstation (maybe that's not a positive) without the strain I had been experiencing. A great investment at any price, but I felt this was a real bargain." —geemaniac

Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in two colors).

14. Never forget to feed your furry friends (or accidentally feed them twice) with a meal tracker. This is especially handy for families or people with roommates so everyone is on the same page with the pet-feeding situation.

Promising review: "My labrador retriever is the master manipulator when it comes to mealtime. He has very convincingly deceived us many mornings with his plaintive eyes that he has not received his breakfast. Mr. Chunkamonk will fool us no more! The meal tracker fits securely on top of his simplehuman pet food container, and we simply slide the appropriate switch to confirm that he’s been fed." —Moira

Get it from Amazon for $9.95. Check out the cat version here!

15. Tidy up your shelves and cabinets by putting everything into clear multipurpose bins.

Promising review: "These multipurpose bins are my all-time favorite containers. I've used these under bathroom and kitchen sinks for supplies and cleaning paraphernalia, for files, for kid's toys, in closets on shelves for small purses and belts, in the garage, and in the refrigerator to hold items that would normally go missing at the back of the fridge. They are durable, easy to clean, and the price is just right!" —simplifiedliving

Get them from the Container Store for $3.99+ (available in four styles).


17. Recover from a hard workout by taking a 15-minute soak with Epsom salts. It'll help relieve stress and ease muscle aches. Plus, it smells amazing!

Each bag contains three pounds of Epsom salt! The recommended usage amount is two cups (approximately one pound of Epsom salt) per tub full of water.

Promising review: "I feel so relaxed after soaking in these Epsom salts. I soak in the salts after a long and grueling hike. I love the Eucalyptus and Spearmint scent. After soaking in these salts, the scent permeates the bathroom and surrounding area." —nmlollipop

Get it from Amazon for $4.97+ (available in four scents).

19. Label all your jars and containers with chalkboard stickers so you can see every ingredient at a glance. / Via

These stickers come with a white liquid chalk marker!

Promising review: "I'm now hooked! I will be relabeling many things, haha. I was using a label maker, but this is much better since you can wipe it off and write something else when containers are used for something different. This is also better than the old school chalk because it's not messy; it does not wipe off when you touch it, and your writing stands out more." —Deanna Gamez

Get a 52-pack from Amazon for $7.99.


20. Exercise at home using Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer, a free workout app, if you have no time (or no money) for the gym. It doesn't require any equipment, just your body weight!

Promising review: "I should’ve written a review for this a long time ago. I love these app workouts; they’re easy enough to keep up with but difficult enough to feel the burn or soreness after. When I’m in a pinch, I love using these. I always upload them every time I get a new phone. So worth it. You can do them anywhere, too. Home, gym, hotel, park, beach, etc. I love that it tells you how many workouts you have left and has the timer, too. I also like that it gives you about 3 seconds to get into position before starting the next workout." —Love sending photograms

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

21. Restore the suede boots you almost ruined by wearing them on a snow day using a leather brush. It'll get rid of dirt, salt, and water stains!

Promising review: "I got my new suede shoes caught in an unexpected rain shower. I was able to clean them off and get them looking brand new with this brush! Easy to use, and nice that it has four sides for different levels of cleaning/spots on your shoes." —Ally

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 or Jet for $8.87.

22. Eliminate odors left behind by week-old take-out with a fridge deodorizer.

Promising review: "After a month of vacation, I came home to a stinking fridge. I tried baking soda, coffee grounds, and vinegar for one week with no luck, and this product came in the mail yesterday. I left one in the fridge overnight, and this morning my fridge is odor-free! I can now eat and drink out of this fridge again!" —Aya Takeuchi

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $11.99.