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26 Ways To Be A Better Adult This Month

Washing your makeup sponges, preparing for Thanksgiving, decluttering your inbox, voting, and other ways to feel like a good grown-up.

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1. Sanitize your electronic devices using a carbon cleaner that'll kill bacteria and polish away smudges and fingerprints. It's made out of the same material used in space by NASA to clean glass!

The wiper can be used 300+ times before needing to be replaced. You don't need to use any kind of liquid cleaner with it.Promising review: "I had first noticed the size, and it looked so convenient for my smartphone and Kindle screen. And it is! The size is perfect, especially for a smartphone screen. It cleans the smudges and streaks in an instant and is so easy to use. I really like the fact that you can order replacement pads instead of having to replace the device. I feel very comfortable recommending it to anyone wanting a quick, convenient screen cleaner, and its size makes for easy storing in a car, office, home, or handbag." —Connie of GAGet it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 12 colors) or The Grommet for $14.95 (available in four colors).
The Grommet

The wiper can be used 300+ times before needing to be replaced. You don't need to use any kind of liquid cleaner with it.

Promising review: "I had first noticed the size, and it looked so convenient for my smartphone and Kindle screen. And it is! The size is perfect, especially for a smartphone screen. It cleans the smudges and streaks in an instant and is so easy to use. I really like the fact that you can order replacement pads instead of having to replace the device. I feel very comfortable recommending it to anyone wanting a quick, convenient screen cleaner, and its size makes for easy storing in a car, office, home, or handbag." —Connie of GA

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 12 colors) or The Grommet for $14.95 (available in four colors).

2. Remove pilling from your sweaters, gloves, and hats (anything knit, really) with a fabric shaver so they'll look new for another season.

Promising review: "I honestly never even knew this type of device existed. I am so happy I found this, and I don’t have to throw away my favorite sweater/jacket. The shaver worked great and went over zippers, seams, and even the little leather loops on it and didn’t damage a thing. This is probably my favorite Amazon purchase ever!" —morningfieldGet it from Amazon for $16.99.
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Promising review: "I honestly never even knew this type of device existed. I am so happy I found this, and I don’t have to throw away my favorite sweater/jacket. The shaver worked great and went over zippers, seams, and even the little leather loops on it and didn’t damage a thing. This is probably my favorite Amazon purchase ever!" —morningfield

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

3. Wash your makeup sponges and brushes regularly with a gentle yet effective detergent to restore their softness and stop the spread of bacteria.

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Promising review: "Oh my goodness! This is amazing! I've used plenty types of cleansers for my makeup brushes and sponges, and NONE of them work as this does. It cleaned all the foundation stains on my sponges right away and with so little product needed, like three to four little drops. It cleaned my Artis Oval 6 brush thoroughly as well. Would 100% recommend — best makeup sponge and brushes cleanser ever." —marcemolinac

Get it from Amazon for $5.45.

4. Read Ask A Manager, an insightful book on how to gracefully navigate tricky situations in the workplace, such as when you accidentally hit "reply all" on a cringe-worthy email. *Shudders*

Promising review: "An excellent book, giving sensible, sympathetic advice on issues which arise in the workplace, particularly difficulties with the human element. I would have liked a copy of this when I was starting work — if only to comfort me with the knowledge that the issues I sometimes encountered were a perfectly normal and unavoidable (though undesirable) effect of being a working human being working with other human beings. I particularly like the little scripts Allison gives to help shape potentially necessary but awkward conversations or emails. I liked this book so much that I've purchased at least six copies to give to friends and family." —JannaGet it from Amazon for $11, Barnes & Noble for $14.40, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.
Amazon

Promising review: "An excellent book, giving sensible, sympathetic advice on issues which arise in the workplace, particularly difficulties with the human element. I would have liked a copy of this when I was starting work — if only to comfort me with the knowledge that the issues I sometimes encountered were a perfectly normal and unavoidable (though undesirable) effect of being a working human being working with other human beings. I particularly like the little scripts Allison gives to help shape potentially necessary but awkward conversations or emails. I liked this book so much that I've purchased at least six copies to give to friends and family." —Janna

Get it from Amazon for $11, Barnes & Noble for $14.40, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

5. Download Earny, a free app that'll search for price drops on your purchases (via the electronic receipts in your email) and help claim the difference on your behalf.

If Earny helps you obtain a refund, it takes 25% of that amount. (So if you get $30 back, Earny gets $7.50, leaving you with $22.50 — but still, that's $22.50 you wouldn't otherwise have gotten back!)Promising review: "Wow, had my doubts but it actually works. Not too hard to set up, got me back almost $40 after the price dropped weeks after my purchase. Super easy process, walks through all the steps for you. Can't think of any reason not to at least give it a try." —J WuGet it from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store for free.
Earny

If Earny helps you obtain a refund, it takes 25% of that amount. (So if you get $30 back, Earny gets $7.50, leaving you with $22.50 — but still, that's $22.50 you wouldn't otherwise have gotten back!)

Promising review: "Wow, had my doubts but it actually works. Not too hard to set up, got me back almost $40 after the price dropped weeks after my purchase. Super easy process, walks through all the steps for you. Can't think of any reason not to at least give it a try." —J Wu

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

6. Weigh out ingredients on a kitchen scale so your baked goods come out absolutely perfect. This one even has a kitchen conversion chart etched on the surface, which is super convenient.

It measures in grams, ounces, pounds, milliliters, and fluid ounces. Read more about why one BuzzFeeder swears by this kitchen scale.Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $24.99.
Macy's

It measures in grams, ounces, pounds, milliliters, and fluid ounces. Read more about why one BuzzFeeder swears by this kitchen scale.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $24.99.

7. Encourage yourself to stay hydrated with a motivational water bottle.

Get it from Amazon for $14.96+ (available in 11 colors).
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $14.96+ (available in 11 colors).

8. Keep a lightweight down vest at the office in case it gets chilly. You can also layer it under your coat for a bit of extra warmth.

Plus, it folds down to almost nothing so you can just pop it in your bag and take it to go.Get it from Uniqlo for $49.90 (available in sizes XXS–XXL and 19 colors). Or, check out a cheaper version from Amazon.
Uniqlo

Plus, it folds down to almost nothing so you can just pop it in your bag and take it to go.

Get it from Uniqlo for $49.90 (available in sizes XXS–XXL and 19 colors). Or, check out a cheaper version from Amazon.

9. Learn how to store all your groceries properly, from fresh produce to dry goods. Understanding how long different foods keep will also help you eat them in time.

Also, check out 18 simple ways to create less food waste.
Photographs by David Bertozzi/BuzzFeed. Design by Jenny Chang/BuzzFeed

10. Organize your schedule and to-do lists using a hardcover journal that comes with a bullet stencil and informational pages (including conversion charts, holiday overviews, and a time-zone chart).

Amazon

Promising review: "I've bought a lot of journals over the years, but this is by far my favorite. You can just tell that a lot of thought was put into the design. It has a hardcover so it won't get bent, and a strap to keep the book compressed. The page size is perfect for me, and I love being able to just circle the month/day. Overall, a simple journal but very well-designed." —Tim

Get it from Amazon for $15.19+ (available in four colors).

11. Try out a five-day inbox cleanse and finally tackle the 1000+ unsorted emails that have been haunting you since you first started at your job.

See how to get started at Nifty.
Alice Mongkonglite / BuzzFeed

See how to get started at Nifty.

12. Stay warm on the drive to work in the morning with heated seat cushions.

It comes with a High/Low/Off temperature control.Promising review: "Very easy to install, comfortable, and although we didn't expect to use it until fall, we had an April snow — heated seat and back make these FAR superior to *normal* seat covers! Ours had no quality issue or concern at all. High heat was plenty warm and we had to select low within 10 minutes. Ahhh..." —John D BlueGet it from Amazon for $20.43.
Amazon

It comes with a High/Low/Off temperature control.

Promising review: "Very easy to install, comfortable, and although we didn't expect to use it until fall, we had an April snow — heated seat and back make these FAR superior to *normal* seat covers! Ours had no quality issue or concern at all. High heat was plenty warm and we had to select low within 10 minutes. Ahhh..." —John D Blue

Get it from Amazon for $20.43.

13. Invest in a temperature-regulating cotton comforter so you won't wake up shivering or drenched in sweat. Did I mention that it has moisture-wicking abilities as well?

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $121.99–$160.99 (available in sizes twin–king).
Macy's

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $121.99–$160.99 (available in sizes twin–king).

14. If you're thinking about starting therapy but are unsure of how to take the first step, check out this helpful guide with advice from professional therapists.

Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

15. Store cereal in airtight containers to keep it fresh, organized, and critter-free.

These BPA-free containers come with eight erasable chalkboard labels.Get a three-pack from Amazon for $23.97.
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These BPA-free containers come with eight erasable chalkboard labels.

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $23.97.

16. If you're hosting Thanksgiving for the first time, check out these manageable recipes that won't give you anxiety or break the bank.

Check out even more easy Thanksgiving recipes for lazy cooks!
Lauren Zaser / Alice Mongkongllite / Via BuzzFeed Life

Check out even more easy Thanksgiving recipes for lazy cooks!

17. Speaking of Turkey Day, pick up a meat thermometer for serving up a well-cooked bird that your guests will gobble up. This one is magnetic (so you can stick it on the fridge) and splash-resistant.

This digital thermometer can give a reading in three to four seconds.Promising review: "I always get a very fast reading, so if I'm checking multiple points in a turkey, for example, it keeps up with me. I tested the accuracy by holding it in water until the water boiled. At 212 degrees plus or minus a few tenths of a degree, the water started boiling, which indicates the thermometer is accurate." —TerritoryGet it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in eight colors). Or, check out a cheaper option.
Amazon

This digital thermometer can give a reading in three to four seconds.

Promising review: "I always get a very fast reading, so if I'm checking multiple points in a turkey, for example, it keeps up with me. I tested the accuracy by holding it in water until the water boiled. At 212 degrees plus or minus a few tenths of a degree, the water started boiling, which indicates the thermometer is accurate." —Territory

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in eight colors). Or, check out a cheaper option.

18. Stick gel cushions on the soles of your feet to help make walking in heels (or hard flats) a bit less painful.

These are washable so you can reuse them over and over again.Promising review: "I have Morton's Neuroma. I had to go to a cocktail party tonight in heels and popped these into my shoes. What a difference they made! I've tried other pads that were too thick and made my shoes too tight. These worked really well. Just the right thickness. Love that they are clear so you could use them in a sandal and not have them be unsightly." —V. DoyleGet a two-pack from Amazon for $5.33.
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These are washable so you can reuse them over and over again.

Promising review: "I have Morton's Neuroma. I had to go to a cocktail party tonight in heels and popped these into my shoes. What a difference they made! I've tried other pads that were too thick and made my shoes too tight. These worked really well. Just the right thickness. Love that they are clear so you could use them in a sandal and not have them be unsightly." —V. Doyle

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $5.33.

19. Squeeze in a yoga session anytime, anywhere using Down Dog, a highly rated app that guides you through poses with visual demonstrations and spoken instructions.

There are 30,000 different configurations so you'll never get bored.Promising review: "Great app to provide you with a yoga routine, even if you don't have a lot of time or you're on the go and can't attend regular classes with a teacher. I've only done a few real classes with a teacher, and I'm able to follow and enjoy the sessions proposed by the app no problem. Even better, I feel I'm improving, and I'm able to correct my postures by comparing my position with what the video shows together with the explanations. A great app, even in the free version (where you can't choose in as great details what you want to work on). Great job!" —Nadège SupornpaibulGet it from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store for free (subscription version available for $7.99/month or $49.99/year).
Down Dog

There are 30,000 different configurations so you'll never get bored.

Promising review: "Great app to provide you with a yoga routine, even if you don't have a lot of time or you're on the go and can't attend regular classes with a teacher. I've only done a few real classes with a teacher, and I'm able to follow and enjoy the sessions proposed by the app no problem. Even better, I feel I'm improving, and I'm able to correct my postures by comparing my position with what the video shows together with the explanations. A great app, even in the free version (where you can't choose in as great details what you want to work on). Great job!" —Nadège Supornpaibul

Get it from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store for free (subscription version available for $7.99/month or $49.99/year).

20. Deep clean your pores with oil-absorbing strips you can leave on overnight. They'll help suck out dirt, excess sebum, and dead skin cells.

Sephora

Promising review: "These are amazing! The wait time might throw you off a bit, but it is totally worth it! I pop one of these on at night and by morning, all the gunk has been pulled out of my face. This is the only product I found to really help with that weird ridge of blackheads that can run across my nose! A definite future purchase forever." —SavageSunflwr

Get an eight-pack from Sephora for $19. Or, check out a similar product from Amazon.

21. Make flavored water in an infusion pitcher so both you and your guests will have a tasty, low-sugar beverage to enjoy.

This 2.25-quart pitcher is BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $19.99.
Macy's

This 2.25-quart pitcher is BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

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

22. Bring wilted flowers back to life by trimming the stems and adding a little bleach to the water. Bouquets are expensive and you want them to last for as long as possible!

Also, find out what to feed your cut flowers on the Bouqs blog.Get the pictured seasonal bouquet from Bouqs for $78. Or, check out all the Thanksgiving bouquets.
Bouqs

Also, find out what to feed your cut flowers on the Bouqs blog.

Get the pictured seasonal bouquet from Bouqs for $78. Or, check out all the Thanksgiving bouquets.

23. Stop steam from escaping and water from splashing everywhere with shower curtain clips.

Promising review: "We live in a small apartment that is a converted attic space. As such we have slanted ceilings throughout different spaces. One such space was in the shower, where at the end there were six or so inches that the shower curtain did not reach. It was not a huge issue in the summer because it was hot, and I needed a little fresh air; however, as it started to cool down, I was losing precious steamy warm air out this giant gap. I saw this product in a BuzzFeed article, and it was exactly what I was looking for! The adhesive is very strong but the curtain itself is easy to remove to open. I only used one, and it was strong enough to keep the whole side of the wall blocked." —starvingcollegestudentGet a four-pack from Amazon for $7.69.
Amazon

Promising review: "We live in a small apartment that is a converted attic space. As such we have slanted ceilings throughout different spaces. One such space was in the shower, where at the end there were six or so inches that the shower curtain did not reach. It was not a huge issue in the summer because it was hot, and I needed a little fresh air; however, as it started to cool down, I was losing precious steamy warm air out this giant gap. I saw this product in a BuzzFeed article, and it was exactly what I was looking for! The adhesive is very strong but the curtain itself is easy to remove to open. I only used one, and it was strong enough to keep the whole side of the wall blocked." —starvingcollegestudent

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.69.

24. Give your desk a makeover with adjustable wooden shelves. Your co-workers will be seriously jealous.

Read a BuzzFeeder's review of this desktop organizer (#7)!Promising review: "Seriously cleared up a lot of crap on my desk and made it more organized LOL. The product was also easy to build and came with the necessary hardware to build it." —JGet it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in four colors).
Jennifer Tonti / BuzzFeed

Read a BuzzFeeder's review of this desktop organizer (#7)!

Promising review: "Seriously cleared up a lot of crap on my desk and made it more organized LOL. The product was also easy to build and came with the necessary hardware to build it." —J

Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in four colors).

25. Keep your eyes peeled for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals so you can save $$$ on your holiday wish list items.

The CW

We'll be picking out all the best Black Friday deals, so definitely bookmark it and check back later! While we don't have a lot of insight into Black Friday deals ATM, we will be updating the post as we get closer to the holidays.

26. Finally, if you've registered to vote, don't forget to hit the polls on Election Day (November 6)!

If it's your first time doing so, here's some helpful info that'll help guide you through the process. And here are some tips on what you can do if you're turned away at the polls.
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If it's your first time doing so, here's some helpful info that'll help guide you through the process. And here are some tips on what you can do if you're turned away at the polls.

When you make an effort to eat more vegetables:

The CW

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