It's officially 2017, and while most people are hoping for better external circumstances this year, I'm turning inward. I vow that before 2018, I will finally be efficient at adulting in every area of my life. To help me out, I'm looking for things that every grown-ass woman needs in her life, because I'm hoping that by making my space a little more mature, practical, and efficient, I'll be able to stress less and tackle more.
Granted, this isn't the easiest of tasks. Yeah, I'm almost 25, but unfortunately my college education didn't cover classes called, "How To Pay Your Taxes," "What To Do To Keep A Relationship Alive," and "No, Please, Don't Take That Third Loan; You'll Regret It."
For that and most other things in adulthood, you're on your own, but these gadgets and products can help your daily routine move a little more smoothly. That way, you can focus on the important stuff, like your health, relationships, work schedule, and finances. I've also thrown in a few innovative options for fun and stress relief, because after all, the best part of adulthood is deciding it's time to clear off your adjustable bamboo work desk and use it to binge-watch some Netflix while lying in bed with your own personal chocolate cheesecake.
1Your Own Robotic Voice-Activated Butler
I'm totally in love with the whole Alexa system, and the Amazon Echo is a 360 degree omni-directional speaker that also takes voice commands from you. It can play your music, answer questions, read audiobooks, control your smart lights and gadgets, make a shopping list, order you a pizza, and read you the weather. Basically, it's like having a robotic butler.
2Now You're Prepared For Anything
Don't you just feel so damn mature when you're prepared? This Kaito 5-way emergency radio is adorable, but don't let that fool you. It can give you light, radio, and even charge your cell phone in an emergency. Best of all, there are tons of different ways to power it, including solar energy, crank, batteries, or an AC adapter (which is sold separately).
3Upgrade Your Towels To Bamboo
Those mismatched neon towels from college aren't going to cut it much longer. It's time for an upgrade. Made with 30 percent bamboo and 70 percent cotton, these luxurious premium bath towels are big, fluffy, crazy absorbent, and ridiculously soft. In other words: Spa day, every day. "Great size, great absorbency, great price!" says one reviewer. "I've enjoyed these towels so much that I've sent sets to multiple family members as a gift."
4Keep Herbs Fresh For Weeks
There's pretty much nothing classier than cooking with fresh herbs, but when they wilt in a day and a half, you feel like you're wasting your money when you buy them at the supermarket. This glass herb keeper keeps them fresh and green for up to two weeks. It also absolutely will not leak, and it conveniently fits in refrigerators and on counters without taking up much space at all.
5A Salon-Quality Blow Out Every Time
You're a grown ass woman, and it's time to make your morning routine as stylish and efficient as possible. The Berta professional hair dryer uses negative ions and infrared heat to dry your hair extremely fast and with minimal damage. It also has multiple settings, a super powerful fan, and a sleek design. "Fantastic. Not only does it dry my hair faster than my old dryer did, but my hair feels smoother and less frizzy afterwards," says one of many thrilled reviews.
6Organize Your Plans, Organize Your Life
I'm absolutely in love with this brand of planners, and I'd be nowhere without mine. The Blue Sky day designer planner is for someone who needs ample writing space as well as detailed day planning for a seamless schedule. Not only is it particularly durable, but it's stylish and organized so you can set your goals, mark your meetings, and keep track of your lists all in one place.
7This Glue Gun For Any Craft Or DIY Project You Can Think Of
Wondering what you could possibly use a glue gun for? The answer is everything. The Blusmart industrial glue gun is a number-one new release because it heats up instantly and works on metal, wood, glass, card, fabric, plastic, and ceramics for any craft or home-improvement job you can think of. It also comes with ten transparent glue sticks and an interchangeable nozzle.
8An Aromatherapy Diffuser For Your Shower
Pretty much the equivalent of bubble baths for adults, this aromatherapy shower kit features three different essential oil blends that dispense relaxation and nourishing oils into the water while you shower. They're all USDA-certified organic (without any chemicals or additives), and people say that their bathroom now feels like a spa.
9A Fitness Tracker That Looks Like Jewelry
A gorgeous combination of practicality and style, the Amazfit Moonbeam activity + sleep tracker is lightweight and elegant, so it looks like a bracelet, but it actually tracks everything from your steps and distance to your calories and sleep patterns. It hooks up straight to an app on your phone or device, and it even has a silent vibrating alarm feature.
10This Personal Blender For Nourishment On The Go
The older I get, the more I realize how much nutrition plays a role in my mood and happiness levels. This CHULUX personal blender makes it super simple to fill your body with vitamins and nutrients, because it blends your favorite smoothies and shakes right in the to-go cup for easy clean-up and travel. It's also durable, quiet, and made with safe materials.
11An Adjustable, Moveable Work Place
A designated workspace is a must for adulthood, but no one said it had to be uncomfortable. This genius SONGMICS bamboo adjustable laptop desk is made from 100 percent durable and environmentally-friendly bamboo, but it's also got a USB-powered fan to cool your laptop, a tilting top for the right angle, adjustable legs, a cup holder, and a built-in drawer.
12DIY The Adult Way — With Relaxation
Do DIY like an adult with this adorable DIY home spa kit. It's a wooden box filled with an array of organic ingredients, so you can customize your spa experience at home. It also comes with a recipe book to use stuff from your kitchen, as well as stylish storage containers and enough to make four different face masks, two massage oils, and three bath oils.
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