10 ways to be a better adult this month


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1. Get organization inspo from a book filled with simple and stylish storage ideas for every room in your home.
I recently bought this book, and there are some really great ideas in here that can be easily applied to a home of any size! You don’t need to use the exact items they recommend to achieve the overall effect of an organized space. It’s inspired me to redo certain areas of my tiny-ass apartment already!

Promising review: «My wife and I have tried to keep a simple, uncluttered household for years, but with two wild boys it is very difficult, and when we look around, we realize we’ve let many small failures pile up, and what used to be a clean, simple space has become cluttered and chaotic. Enter Remodelista, The Organized Home. Not only does Ms. Carlson offer clever, practical, timeless ideas, she is simply inspiring on the topic of making simplicity a priority in your home and your life. Brace yourself Goodwill: we’re headed your way this Saturday!» —George Snelling

Get it from Amazon for $14.98, Barnes and Noble for $18.32, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

2. Break your nail biting habit for good by applying some bitter but harmless clear polish.

Get even more details about this polish!

Promising review: «I have been biting my fingernails as long as I could chew. I grew immune to the taste of the no-bite nail polish you can buy at drugstores. I tried keeping a rubber band on my wrist and popping it every time I noticed myself chewing. This nail polish has been the only thing that has worked. I keep a bottle on my desk at work and another one at home just in case I slip up. I had the first manicure of my life a few weeks ago. Amazing product.» —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

3. Section off your closet with labeled clothing dividers so finding an outfit in the morning will be super easy.
These dividers also come with 46 printed sorting labels.

Promising review: «Surprisingly not a common product to find in stores or online. Been helpful in organizing my closet. Simple and easy to use. Multiple label sheets were a big help in marking up clothes by type. Or you could print out your own labels, and they should stick just fine. No more guessing or making excuses for being disorganized! Would definitely recommend it.» —Amazon Customer

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

4. Find the right meal kit for your needs by reading this helpful and comprehensive review of eight popular ones, from Plated to Blue Apron.
Read more about the pros and cons of each meal kit service!

5. Scrub the heck out of your stove range with a pack of generic melamine sponges that’ll work just as well as the name brand ones (but are a lot cheaper).

Read a BuzzFeeder’s full review of these sponges.

Promising review: «As good as Mr. Clean Magic Erasers but half the price. They clean so many surfaces better than anything. We use them at the bar and clean our chalkboards, metal sinks and ice wells, beer coolers, FRP backsplash walls, and even graffiti in the bathrooms comes off more easily with these than other cleaning products. I took one home and cleaned my shower faster and more easily than with bottles of shower cleaner. Highly recommended.» —Stephen Brandau

Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $8.95.

6. Build and track good habits like flossing and waking up early with a helpful app.
Read a BuzzFeed editor’s review of this app.

Promising review: «This app has helped me to completely turn my life around and meet goals. I exercise every day, I’ve quit refined sugar, and I wake up early now. I love my life, and this app deserves a lot of credit for that!» —Skelegraph

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

7. Rescue your white shirts from wine stains with a few spritzes of a bleach-free spot treater.

This stain remover works on fresh and dried stains without the use of bleach or phosphates. In addition to wine, it also works on coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauces, red medicine stains, and even pet accidents. Check out more tried-and-true stain removal hacks.

Promising review: «I was at a friend’s dinner party when someone who is not me knocked over a glass of red on her beautiful white tablecloth. Instead of panicking, she lazily sauntered into her kitchen, opened a drawer, and took out a spray bottle. ‘It’s okay,’ she explained without a lick of concern in her voice. ‘I’ve got Wine Away.’ What happened in front of my very eyes was a friggin’ miracle. With a few sprays on the menacing spot, the wine stain actually DISAPPEARED! No need to grab plates and candles and silverware and stop the party to throw in an emergency load of laundry. Wine Away saved the day and made my friend look like a total badass, so of course, I had to get some for myself.» —Lip Gloss Junkie

Get it from Amazon for $6.

8. Declutter your trunk with an organizer that can be secured in place with straps.

Check out other life-changing products for people who drive.

Promising review: «I love this thing. It is super well-made and fits A TON of stuff. I’m using it basically as an emergency kit. I was able to fit literally anything I need in the event of an emergency, including a change of clothes (with shoes), toiletries, a blanket, makeup, snacks, and I still have room to toss shopping bags in while I’m out so they don’t roll around in my trunk.» —Erica Edwards

Get it from Amazon for $23.61.

9. Prevent your glasses from slipping off your face with a pair of slip-on rubber hooks.

Promising review: «I knew the best way to test these out would be to wear them to work (at a BBQ restaurant) where I’m constantly moving up and down and getting a little sweaty. My glasses never moved! It was amazing, these are a must-buy! They’re very discrete, which I like. From the side, you can’t even tell they’re there at all! It takes a few seconds to adjust when you put your glasses on but when you get them where you like it, your glasses won’t move until you take them off. They don’t bother my ears or pull my hair.» —Chadbdot

Get them from Amazon for $3.49.

10. Hit your daily water intake goals by drinking out of a hydration-tracking tumbler.

This insulated tumbler has rainbow rings you can roll up each time you finish all the water and get a refill. Check out a BuzzFeeder’s review of this water-tracking tumbler.

Promising review: «I am the worst water-drinker in the world, which is bad for someone living in Arizona. I never keep track of my consumption and tend to pound more iced tea than water, which only makes one more dehydrated. So in an effort to be healthier, I ordered this. I LOVE that it has little rubber washers (rings, bangles, whatever) that you can roll up the cup to keep track. I also love that it is insulated. I have no complaints with this cup. For someone who probably gets by on less than 20 ounces of water a day (and wonders why she has SUCH bad headaches), I consumed 100 ounces yesterday!» —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $13.05 (available in three colors)