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23 Ways To Feel Like An Adult In March

Read this if you want to know 1.) exactly how often you should wash your sheets 2.) an easy way to save up for a vacation and 3.) a bunch of other tips that'll make adulting *slightly* easier.

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1. Refer to a super detailed packing list whenever you go on a trip — even if it's just for a weekend. If not, you'll definitely forget something important... like your contact lenses.

This example is *totally* not based on personal experience.

Promising review: "I am constantly writing packing list after packing list and inevitably missing one or two things. This list thought of things I never remember. Well worth the buy." —coffeeaddict

Get it from Amazon for $7.

2. Keep your fridge bins and shelves clean with reusable fabric liners. It'll also help your fruits and veggies last longer!

These liners can be trimmed to fit and are machine washable!

Promising review: "Bought a new refrigerator, so I 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 or Walmart for $4.86 or from Jet for $5.53.

Find out more ways to make your food last longer!


3. Alleviate puffy eyes and dark circles by applying a pair of gel eye masks before your binge-watch session. Just sit back, relax, and let them work their magic.,

Promising review: "I really like these! They depuff my eyes and feel so good! I keep mine in the refrigerator for an added cooling/depuffing effect. Perfect 20-minute fix when your eyes are looking tired and baggy." —Lindsey

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $2.78. Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of some similar eye masks you can get on Amazon for $13.90.

4. Pick up some useful tips and tricks from a book filled with clever life hacks because adulting is hard, and you need all the wisdom you can get.

Promising review: "After I read this, I was amazed at how often I would come across a problem that had been addressed in the book. For example: I have a friend who was fighting a nagging cough, the remnants of a bad cold, and I recalled the hack where you put VapoRub on the feet, put on socks, and the cough ends in a few minutes. It worked. I have doled that out several times, and it has worked every time. That is one example — there are so many more. This book has become a reference book for me, and while most live in the Google world, I have a book that I can refer to for hundreds of ideas." —P. Davis

Get it from Amazon for $12.63, Barnes & Noble for $12.80, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

5. Relieve tension, stress, and headaches by dabbing a soothing lotion on the back of your neck, temples, and earlobes. It smells like peppermint, basil, and eucalyptus!

This product is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. A little goes a long way!

Promising review: "I bought this years ago and am still using the same bottle. When I have a tension headache, I dot it behind my ears, and it truly helps me relax. My newest use for this though is in my carry-on bag when traveling. Traveling is always stressful in itself, but I also hate the way planes smell and always feel the need to wash my clothes immediately afterward. This is great because no one around me can really smell it, but it helps me relax inflight and gives me fresh, pepperminty air to breath on the plane. Just a nice product to have around even if you don't use everyday." —vanitymama

Get it from Sephora for $14.

6. Look put together without really trying with a pair of stretchy pants that'll look like trousers but feel like joggers.

Promising review: "These will become your new favorite go-tos. The fabric is on the light side (not a thick trouser), but I love it. Good transition from season to season. Length hits the ankle with opportunity for a higher waist. This just became a new staple in my closet for either T-shirts on the weekends or button-downs for work." —OMC318

Get them from Nordstrom for $55 (available in sizes XS–XXL).


7. Put a weekly calendar at your desk, so you can see all your appointments, tasks, and goals at a glance.

There are 52 weeks in this planner!

Promising review: "Straightforward and great to use near my computer. Other agendas that are in a book form are sometimes hard to write in because the pages make it difficult to lie flat. This lays nice and open, so I can write on any day of the week easily. Not too much room to be overwhelmed and feel like you have to fill out all the blank spaces. I doodle a lot, and there is even a space to do that. Also easy to see the whole week at a time and write reminders in the weeks to follow." —Your Mom

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

8. Freshen up an old pair of sneakers by inserting charcoal-filled shoe deodorizers in them. They'll absorb excess moisture and leave your kicks fresh and dry!

These are reusable for up to two years! To rejuvenate, just place the bags outside in the sun once a month for about an hour.

Promising review: "These are magical! I have a favorite pair of shoes that got soaked in the rain. I thought the stench after that meant complete ruin and was ready to throw them away when I found these. I placed them inside the pumps for a week. And that was that. The stench is completely gone! Unbelievable." —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $9.91.

Check out other ways to make your shoes and feet smell better!

9. Plan out your meals and grocery list for the week on a magnetic dry-erase board that sticks on the fridge.,

This board comes with eight magnetic dry-erase markers!

Promising review: "This board is beautiful! It is perfect for keeping track of my week and what meals lie ahead. It makes it so much easier than every week going through papers that get lost in meal prepping. This is right on my fridge and so easy to access. I AM OBSESSED!" —Ashton T

Get it from Amazon for $16.90 (available in two colors).

10. Craft an outstanding résumé (if you're a college student or fresh grad) or brush up your existing one by following this handy guide.

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Also, check out this resume checklist from job site Monster and this article about LinkedIn best practices!


11. Save up for a vacation to Paris (or a new blender) using a free app that lets you tip yourself whenever you do something good, like making it to the gym. It'll also give you the incentive to develop healthy habits!

You can link up your bank account and transfer some money into a virtual tip jar whenever you hit a goal!

Promising review: "The Tip Yourself app is something that I've been looking for FOREVER, and finally it's here and better than I could have hoped. The initial set-up process and linking to my bank account was so thorough, it built confidence in the app's security. Personally, I'm using the app to save small amounts daily as a reward for kicking bad habits, and it's undoubtedly helping me along. Better than the app itself is the PERSONAL, REAL PEOPLE who handle their customer service concerns. When I had trouble linking my bank account to the app, I sent an email and received a kind, personal email back — and it actually fixed the problem! I was so impressed that I vowed to tell everyone how awesome their staff is. I highly recommend the app!" —Mcsbye7395

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

12. Smooth out frizz and flyaway hairs with a lightweight oil that won't leave any residue behind. You could say it vanishes... like a 👻.

Promising review: "I have naturally thick hair that has a tendency to tangle and be mighty frizzy after washes. This stuff has made it silky soft, and I am actually able to run my hands through it in the morning after showering! It is really the only product I have come across that not only makes my hair nice and shiny and healthy, but I am able to apply to damp hair and just let it naturally dry before work without making it a frizz show the rest of the day." —Julia

Get it from Amazon for $14.29 or Sephora for $16.

13. Carry a reusable shopping bag in your purse in case you decide to stop by the grocery store after work. Not only is it eco-friendly but it's also very sturdy — it can hold up to 50 pounds of stuff!

This nylon bag folds into a zippered 7"x7" pouch!

Promising review: "They are so well-made, easily washable, colorful, easy as a shoulder bag, and convenient to keep in my purse or in the car. I am always prepared to shop and have a good-sized sturdy bag to accommodate all my needs! Great as a beach bag also." —Pat Murray

Get it from Amazon for $14 (available in five patterns).

14. Store your office supplies in a clear organizer because you'll likely be more productive if you can find the stuff you need.

Promising review: "This is beautiful, and I don't mind leaving it out on my desk. I just throw my mail in here until it's time to pay bills. It's such a clean-looking product that it makes all the junk mail look good. I'm able to fit a calculator, pens, scissors, calculator, two spiral binders, paper clips, binder clips, envelop opener, staple remover, and my junk mail. And somehow it all looks organized." —J. Garcia

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.


15. Eliminate stubborn stains using a non-toxic spot remover — coffee and hot sauce don't even stand a chance. Now you won't have to buy two of your favorite shirts, just in case one gets ruined.,

This product is non-bleaching, biodegradable, vegan, and certified cruelty-free! It's safe to use on baby clothes. Check out a full review of this stain remover!

Promising review: "I've been using this for a while now, and it works to get everything you can imagine out of clothing, towels, and sheets. I had a white sheet I used for a picnic which ended up with a grass stain. I washed it with my regular detergent, and the stains remained. I sprayed the Puracy on it, let it sit a little bit, then rewashed, and everything came out. It's removed dried-on oil stains and blood from clothing when one of the kids fell which I didn't wash right away, sprayed, and worried about it later. There is nothing this hasn't removed." —J Rose

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $12.27.

16. Stash away some pretty greeting cards that'll work for any occasion (birthday, baby shower, thank you notes). No more searching for a stationery store at the very last minute!

These cards are blank inside, so you can customize each message!

Promising review: "These are perfect for so many occasions. I used them as thank you cards for my baby shower, but I am keeping the couple of leftovers to use for other occasions. They are a great size and quality for the price." —Amazon Customer

Get a 36-pack from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 16 designs).

17. Prepare healthy meals for the whole week over the weekend and pack them into reusable three-compartment food containers.

The containers and lids are made of BPA-free and food-grade materials. They are microwave, freezer, and top-rack dishwasher safe and can withstand temperatures from -40°F to 320°F (-40°C to 160 °C).

Promising review: "They were all in perfect condition. I am prepping my lunch for the week every weekend and putting five meals in the freezer for my evening meals during the week. I get it all done on the weekend, and my weeks are so much easier. Plus, I am going to save a ton of money by not eating out and not throwing away leftovers. Also, it makes the refrigerator and freezer look more uniform. They are easy to stack, and I can just grab it and go. I think they are the perfect size and the perfect number for meals during the week. I have washed them by hand and in the dishwasher. They come out just fine. I highly recommend." —Lucille M

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.87.

Check out other products to help you meal prep!

18. Remove your makeup before bed using a gentle cleansing skin wipe if you're feeling really tired and can't be bothered to wash your face. It'll even work on water-proof mascara, and you won't need to rinse after!

Promising review: "Let's be real. Washing your face when you're exhausted is a chore that doesn't always get done, so you end up going to sleep with your makeup on and waking up with pimples and raccoon eyes. Not a good look. These completely eliminated that issue for me. They're not scented or overly wet, so when I'm exhausted, they don't wake me up and get me going again. The wipes themselves are textured on one side and soft on the other, which I really like because I feel like the textured side really gets your face clean. I really like that they don't have harsh ingredients in them. I've used a lot of different kinds of makeup wipes, and they almost always burn my eyes when I'm taking off my eye makeup, but these don't. They're effective and get the dirt, oil, and makeup off but don't irritate my sensitive skin. They're no substitute for an actual skincare routine, of course, but when you just want to get the war paint off your face and crash out after a long day, they're great. I will be using this product as long as it is made." —Cole

Get a two-pack (25 wipes each) from Amazon for $6.55, Walmart for $6.92, or Jet for $7.61.

OR, if you want a more eco-friendly choice, get three reusable makeup-remover cloths from Amazon for $2.97.


19. Set a glass carafe (with a lid that doubles as a cup) on the nightstand, so you can have a sip of water as soon as you wake up. It'll kickstart your metabolism!

This carafe and cup set is dishwasher safe!

Promising review: "My wife keeps this by the bedside table. It's stylish and functional, and most importantly, it's very easy to keep clean. Storing the cup inverted on the top keeps dust out of the water." —Benjamin Fillmore

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

20. Attach a memo board next to your computer monitor to keep track of all your sticky notes. It can even hold your phone, so you won't miss any important text messages.

There's a hole at the bottom of the holder that allows you to plug your phone in!

Promising review: "I love my memo board! I was able to attach it to my computer monitor with no issues, and after weeks of use, it still remains securely attached. The materials are sturdy feeling, no bending or warping of any kind. I've got all my important reminders on it, which has been super helpful and keeps me from missing any important deadlines. I've also been able to write on it with a dry erase marker, and then wipe it off with a tissue. Many of my coworkers have commented on how useful it seems and have said they would be purchasing their own." —razorsharp77

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three styles).

21. Give yourself a massage with a muscle roller stick when you're feeling sore after an intense workout.

Promising review: "After a long workout or a long bike ride, I would have very sore and stiff muscles. I usually would take a very hot shower or hot bath to relieve the soreness. I still follow my workouts with a shower or bath, but I am nowhere near as sore after using the muscle roller stick on the stiff and sore areas. I was extremely surprised at how well it worked on my legs after a hard 30-mile ride. I am very happy with this purchase." —Curious

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

22. Buy a hand-crank/solar powered/rechargeable emergency radio and flashlight because part of being an adult is being prepared.

You can charge this weather radio three ways: via USB docks, solar panel, and hand crank. In addition to being a radio and flashlight, it can also be a battery pack for your electronic devices!

Promising review: "This little radio is AMAZING, used it when we lost power during Hurricane Irma. We charged it before the hurricane, and it lasted the whole two days — we didn't have to hand crank it. The light is super bright and the volume is very loud. I can't believe that such small gadget can pack so much power. LOVED IT." —Elviagrita

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two colors).

Also check out some emergency preparedness hacks!