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    23 Ways To Be A Better Adult This Month

    Time to get an A+ in life.

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    1. Prevent precious cool air from escaping the room by installing draft stoppers under the doors. It'll help you make the most out of your AC and save on electric bills. Bonus: it'll also stop any unwanted critters from sneaking through the gap.

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    Promising review: "Strong, durable, and easy to install. I immediately noticed a difference in the temperature in the room, keeping cold air in during hot summer days." —Steve RainH2O

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. Get rid of peach fuzz or touch-up your eyebrows quickly and painlessly using facial razors. No need to splurge on an expensive dermplaning treatment!

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    These even come with an extra attachment for precise eyebrow shaping.

    Promising review: "I used to pay a professional to dermaplane my face once a month to remove the peach fuzz, which makes me look older and makes the makeup application more cumbersome. I searched for years for a home product to use to save money and time. This is the closest I have been able to get to professional dermaplaning in the convenience of my home, on my time/schedule, and at a fraction of the price. Love it!" —SEM1969

    Get a three-count from Amazon for $3.60.

    3. Unclog the pipes using a drain millipede so you don't have to call the plumber for the third time this year. I just have a lot of hair, okay?!

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    Promising review: "I tried every drain cleaner known to mankind in an attempt to clear my bathtub's drain and nothing worked. Seriously, NOTHING worked. After reading the reviews on this, I figured what the heck, let's give it a try. I wore elbow length rubber gloves and a medical face mask; I was ready for battle (I highly recommend you do this as well because the splash back is REAL and it smells of demon butt). After shoving it down the drain just once, the most god-awful–looking sea monster of a stinky hair clump came out. I did it about a dozen more times until no more hair monsters came up. I turned on the faucet and that sound of water finally draining through the pipes was like angels singing the Hallelujah choir. That pipe is CLEAR! I can finally take showers again without feeling like I'm standing in a goopy stank pond!" —Kayla Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

    4. Ease yourself into a workout routine using just dumbbells and a yoga mat. The moves are simple and easy to follow (even for beginners) and you don't need need a gym membership to get started.

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    As someone who almost NEVER exercises, working out seems like an impossible challenge, especially because I hate running and don't have a gym membership. However, I recently bought myself a pair of weights and realized that I can do a lot just from my apartment. The moves in this post are easy enough that even I can follow them, and I can actually work up a good sweat after a few rounds. I'll probably never be a fitness-type person, but this is a very good start and helps me feel like I'm making progress!

    If you're looking for a good pair of weights to get started with, these ones from Amazon are a good choice!

    5. Restore your couch to its original color in no time with a pet hair–removing roller because right now, it's the same color as your furry friend.

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    It has 3,000 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.

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my crazy cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-pound tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care, it's THAT good." —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    6. Remind yourself to stay positive and thankful by filling in a one-minute gratitude journal. Because it's only a couple of lines a day, it won't feel like a chore.

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    Promising review: "Recently I have read so much about the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal, so I wanted to try one out but not spend a ton of money. Turns out, I have enjoyed keeping a journal much more than I thought I would. This journal basically has sections where you just date it and list out a few things you're grateful for. Pretty simple. I also enjoy the quotes on each page. It literally takes me about a minute or two each night but I have found myself keeping track of positive things throughout the day so I'll have items to write in my journal that night. So, I'd say the journal is working!" —Lauren S.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    7. Protect your countertops from getting damaged by heat styling tools with a silicone mat (that's heat-resistant up to 450 degrees). You can also use it as a travel cover for your hair straightener or curling iron.

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    I recently bought this because I have a very small bathroom with no safe areas to set down my hair straightener. With this silicone mat, I can turn any flat surface into a resting spot for my heat styling tools. It's brought me so much convenience on a daily basis and I can easily take it with me on a trip as well. 10/10 would recommend.

    Promising review: "Great for travel! Love that I no longer have to wait for my straightener to cool down all the way when we are traveling. Now I can let it cool a little, then wrap it up and pack it away, saving me tons of time. Love that it has the slit to keep the cover on the iron. I also like to rest the straightener on it any time I use it to protect our marble countertops. Definitely recommend it!" —IDesign

    Get it from Amazon for $10.54 (available in two colors).

    8. If you need a bit of guidance on personal finance, this post gives great tips on how to budget, invest your money, and plan for the future. *Bookmarks immediately*

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    Tips include tackling credit card debt before student loans and saving up three months’ worth of take-home pay in an emergency fund.

    And if you're the kind of person who enjoys writing things down on paper, try this budgeting workbook!

    9. Treat yourself to a spiralizer, which will open the door to many delish and refreshing veggie pasta dishes. And guess what? Zucchini is in season right now, so go wild my friends.

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    Read our full review of the Veggetti!

    Here's an excerpt: "Unlike some other bulky models that take up counter space, the Veggetti is super small and it doesn't take up any extra room in my teeny-tiny kitchen. It's also SO easy to use.

    Once you spiralize your vegetable of choice (my favorite is zucchini) you can just sauté the veggie noodles in a pan with olive oil, salt, and pepper. You can also spiralize anything from carrots and cucumbers to sweet potatoes and turnips.

    And since there's no boiling water required, my Veggetti helps me get dinner on the table quickly." —Hannah Loewentheil

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    And check out some other awesome summer recipes to make in August!

    10. Rescue your dry, sun-damaged locks with a nourishing hair treatment mask. These before-and-after photos don't lie!!!

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    Read our review of the Elizavecca Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment (#1 on the list)!

    Here's an excerpt: "When I bought Elizavecca's CER-100 Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment for under $10, I was not expecting much. But seriously, after just two uses, I'm ready to call this the miracle product I've been searching for.

    This repairing hair treatment works just like a hair mask. You wash your hair, and then apply the treatment to your hair and let sit for 5–15 minutes. It's in a little squeeze bottle, which is a huge plus because I hate having to scoop product out of a jar while I'm in the shower. The scent is nice without being overwhelming. After rinsing this out, I can feel a noticeable difference right away. My hair, once unruly and dry, now feels like silk. I can't stop touching it; it feels like I stole someone else's hair. My fuzzy puff of hair has relaxed into loose waves and each strand just feels considerably healthier. I can't believe the results after just two uses." —Bek O' Connell

    Get it from Amazon for $7.57.

    11. Break a huge project down into manageable chunks and ensure no time is wasted using a productivity timer. This is especially helpful if you use the Pomodoro Technique!

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    You can start or stop the countdown simply by rotating the timer. There are three volume levels (high, low, silent) as well as a flashing LED light for visual alert so if you work in a quiet office, you won't disturb your co-workers!

    Promising review: "No joke, this timer is COOL! I never thought I’d be saying that about a timer, but it’s the truth. I bought the timer to help me focus at work. I tend to lose track of time and lose a lot of it. With this timer, all I do is flip it over to whatever time I want countdown. When time is up, it will beep to let me know and then even count up to show me how far past I went. It’s very stylish and cool looking, and all my coworkers asked me about it. I highly recommend this timer for anyone who needs needs help focusing and who loses track of time." —Julia

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in four colors).

    12. Rock your low-top sneakers and loafers without worrying about sweaty feet and odors by wearing grippy no-show socks. They'll actually stay on your feet instead of slipping off every five minutes.

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    Promising review: "These socks are a dream come true. I can't tell you how much money I have spent in the past on expensive no-show socks that either 1) don't stay put, or 2) only last one season. These socks are affordable and they absolutely stay put! I'm cleaning out my sock drawer and getting rid of all my other frustrating no-shows and replacing them with these.

    I chose these socks for their breathability being 80% cotton, and their shape — the way they come higher up on the top of the foot, in addition to the silicone rubber on the heel, helps them stay put. Yes, they are thin, but I prefer that for the shoes that I wear them with, which is primarily casual sneakers and low boots." —Amanda

    Get a six-pack (three pairs) from Amazon for $8.95 (available in four colors).

    13. Soothe your skin, hair, cuticles, scalp, or nails (basically anywhere that's dry and cracking) with a bottle of Ancient Greek Remedy oil.

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    Read our review of this oil (#10 on the list)! It's made of a blend of olive, lavender, almond, and grapeseed oils with vitamin E.

    Promising review: "This oil is amazing. I've been using it daily on my hair, face, nails, pretty much everywhere. I love the blend, the aroma, and the way it makes my skin feel. I've told everyone about it! My friends have noticed my face is really healthy and plump. I used to have redness and blotchy cheeks, and it has gone away. I could go on and on but I think you get the point! It's great so make sure to get a bottle or two!" —Vanessa

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    14. Pick up some very helpful clothing hacks and tips, like how to stretch out a pair of slightly-too-small flats with a hair dryer and how to clean your jeans without washing them.

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    Or, if all else fails, you can try an actual shoe stretcher.

    15. Wean yourself off single-use water bottles by switching to a Brita water bottle with a built-in filter so you can stay hydrated no matter where you are.

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    This 26-ounce bottle is BPA-free and can replace up to 300 standard 16.9-ounce single-use plastic bottles. It has an enclosed straw.

    Promising review: "I have been looking for a water bottle that would help me drink more water, reduce waste, save money (by not having to buy bottled water), and still be filtered. I had another Brita water bottle, but it was wider and more cumbersome to carry around. I saw this particular one on Instagram and decided to try it. I love it. The flip top is cool and keeps the straw from being exposed to germs. And it's slender enough to fit in the car cup holder and in backpacks, totes, bags, etc." —A. Rogers

    Get it from Amazon for $19.94+ (available in seven colors).

    16. Strengthen your nails and help your at-home manicure last longer using a 3-in-1 formaldehyde-free nail treatment. You can wear it alone or as a top coat and base coat.

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    I added this into my home manicure routine and found that my nails looked so much healthier even after I removed my nail polish. Before, whenever I'd paint my nails, they would look yellow and brittle after a week. After using this as a base coat, my nails remain strong and a healthy color so I don't even feel the need to cover them up with polish. I even use it as a clear polish sometimes and it works very well for that, too!

    Promising review: "I have been wearing nail color, with base, continuously for the past 15 years, and I have never encountered such a great base. I have tried various brands, including OPI, but this one is specifically stated to be formaldehyde-free. Well, I never realized how much other formaldehyde-based products affected my nails until I tried this. It made my nail so much stronger.
    This base also holds onto the nail and does not come off unless nail polish remover is used.
    With other bases, I used to wear polish for three to four days, and then it would peel off or chip. This base holds polish for a week! This is a really good product, I am definitely recommending it to friends." —Anna Shvets

    Get it from Amazon for $13.25.

    17. Prepare for your summer vacation like a pro using packing cubes to keep all your clothes compressed and organized. You'll actually be able to fit everything into one suitcase (for once) and find the exact top you're looking for in a pinch.

    "Damn, you are SO organized!" — your travel buddies, when they see the inside of your suitcase.

    Promising review: "These packing cubes exceeded my expectations! I was able to pack for a seven-day cruise — seven day outfits, seven evening dresses, six swimsuits, and six swim cover-ups. Along with 10 pairs of undergarments, four PJ sets, and three bras. It was crazy. I used a Vera Bradly weekend tote to fit my packing cubes and then a separate bag for shoes, toiletries, etc. It worked perfectly!" —Elias Zuloaga

    Get a four-piece set from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 15 colors).

    18. Give your poor neck some much needed relief with a document clip that'll hold your papers right next to the computer monitor for easy viewing. It'll make work way less tedious.

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    It holds up to 30 sheets of paper and can swing back and forth.

    Promising review: "This lightweight arm holds at least 20 pages without falling out. I use this to prioritize things I need to get done and it keeps me from losing paper in piles. I have neck issues because I am constantly looking down and this keeps my head up and makes data entry easier because it's right next to the screen. It also pivots so I can adjust the angle." —Life Is Short

    Get it from Amazon for $7.69.

    19. Keep your makeup in place all day long (even in boiling temperatures) with a setting spray, because you did not spend all that time on your eyeshadow just for it to melt off an hour later.

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    Promising review: "This is the first time I've ever used a setting spray. But it was my daughter's graduation and 99 degrees outside. I sat outside for three hours in the heat! We went out to dinner and to the store before I finally got home to take off my makeup. I was a little shinier than before I left but very happy with this spray!" —Jess Y

    Get it from Amazon for $3.75.

    20. Organize all the cords and cables around the house with multi-purpose magnetic twist ties. You can even use these to fasten open chip bags, hang up your keys, keep your earbuds in place, and more.

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    Promising review: "Love these magnetic ties! Helps keep all of our various charger cords wound up and organized. Strong magnets. I even used one to attach my husband's lawnmower keys to the fridge for safe keeping!" —Maggie

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $19.98.

    21. Stash a pair of roll-up flats in your bag for unexpected shoe-mergencies (like a broken heel or a pair of new sneakers that are giving you blisters).

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    Promising review: "These little shoes are just what I needed. Keep them in my car or purse for a quick change. Extremely comfortable; I've worn them outside for several hours; so they wear quite well, run true to size, and I actually wear them with skirts, slacks, really anything." —Dixie Belle

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 31 colors).

    22. Save money on Starbucks by making a smooth and delicious coffee concentrate at home with a Toddy cold brew system. It's a one-time investment that'll yield endless amounts of good coffee.

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    Add coarsely ground coffee and water in the brewing container, let it brew for 12–24 hours, then filter the coffee concentrate into the glass container. Each set includes a brewing container with handle, a glass decanter with lid, two reusable filters, one rubber stopper, a set of instructions, and a recipe guide.

    Promising review: "My sister was a barista and coffee shop manager for years and recommended this system. I bought it even though it was a little pricier than I wanted and it is totally worth it. Works well with all of the different coffees I have tried it with. I can use it for an iced coffee or even add some steamed milk or water for a hot drink. I love this thing and I can't wait to keep using it!" —Alison Torghele

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    23. Take some advice from our readers on what to do when you're feeling lost or burnt out, such as setting aside some "me" time for personal development.

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    Other tips include taking a road trip to clear your head and getting off social media, even if it's only for one night.

    If only this was true (sigh):

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    Alas, the laundry has to get done and the taxes have to get filed!!!

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

    Want more products that'll help you ~adult~ better? Check out our ultimate guide to cleaning every single room in your house, plus eye makeup tips for beginners.

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