Small Changes That Make You Feel Like You Have Your Life Together
I think I’m an adult, but then I go into the homes of people who are really adults and I think, “Ooooh. So that’s what an adult lives like.” I thought that, because I scrub the layer of grime around my stove burners off twice a year when it’s become totally nasty that I’m an adult. I didn’t realize there were people doing things like, applying product to prevent said grime buildup or hiring housekeepers to remove it regularly. I thought I was an adult because I save some money each month—like, any at all. I didn’t realize that real adults have budgets and set their lives up to save a guaranteed amount each month that they then direct into things like stocks and bonds. See the difference there? Well, look, I won’t be able to make such major changes overnight, but there are a few things that all of us pseudo-adults can do today that will make us feel like we have our lives together.
Investing in your self-improvement
Going to piano lessons or hiring a second-language tutor doesn’t have to stop when you leave your parent’s home. If there’s a skill you want to learn, just because, then treat yourself to it. You can hire a second-language tutor today. You can pay for your own piano lessons.
Buying holiday cards in advance
This will make you feel so on top of things. Rather than frantically rushing to the store to buy a birthday card for the birthday party you’re driving to right now, buy a bunch of birthday cards. Store them at home. That way, you’re ready when the next bday party comes up. Buy some gift baggies in bulk while you’re at it.
Opening a savings account
Having your money just sit in your checking account is a waste. It could be accruing interest in a savings account. Having a savings account is also good because you won’t think about spending that money the way you do with the money in your checking account. You’ll just put a little in your savings each month, and forget about it, while it grows.
Sending part of your paycheck to your savings
Now that you have your savings account, you can be double responsible and ask your employer to automatically deposit a small amount of your paycheck in there each pay period. That way, you won’t even accidentally spend it before putting it in your savings.
Hiring a housekeeper
Even if it’s just once a month, if you can afford to do so, consider hiring a housekeeper. Having someone come and do a deep cleaning of your place will make you feel so much better, every day. The way your home looks affects how you feel and your productivity.
Buying guest towels and guest soap
Rather than rushing to clean a few mismatched towels when guests come to town, buy a full set of guest towels. I mean bath towel, face towel, and hand towel. Matching. Clean these every time guests leave and have them ready for the next ones.
Meeting with a financial advisor
Sit down with a financial advisor once a year just to see how your financial goals are coming along. Or to set financial goals, if you haven’t yet done so. A financial advisor can set you straight on how much you actually need to be saving if you hope to ever do things like own a home or retire.
Buying slightly better wine
Stop buying the cheapest wine you can find. Learn a bit about wine. Read some articles by respected wine connoisseurs. Find one bottle in every category that you like and can afford.
Getting and stocking a wet bar
Stop shoving your handles of vodka and almond liqueur into random cabinets, wherever they can fit. Buy a nice wet bar, and give your alcohol a home. Stock it with the things you need to make your favorite drinks, like maraschino cherries and orange bitters.
All white linens
The true sign of an adult home is crisp white linens. It’s not bedspreads with polka dots or plaid. In nice hotels, you’ll always find fresh, clean white linens so having these in your home just makes you feel grownup.
Get a head and footboard
First of all, if your mattress is still on the floor, it’s time to fix that and get a bed frame. Second of all, add a head and footboard to your bedframe. It actually creates an environment around your bed.
Actually consider your décor
Don’t just throw together mismatched art and lamps. Pick a color scheme. Pick a theme. Maybe even ask your friend the aspiring interior designer to decorate your place.
Put important purchases on auto-renew
There are certain items you’ll always need to keep on hand like toilet paper, electric toothbrush heads, and foil. If you have Amazon Prime, put these on auto renew so they just show up at your door right around the time you’d be running out. It will spare you from wiping your tush with fast food paper napkins.
Get rid of those old pans that have been totally stripped of their non-stick coating. Get fresh non-stick pans and add a cast iron skillet to the mix. You can make some truly grownup recipes in a cast iron skillet.
Get an emergency kit
Make a small emergency kit for events like earthquakes and power outages. It should contain a flashlight and batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water, and other important items that could save your life.