There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to admit that he’s an adult. Not an adult in the sense of age, but a real life adult. You can try to put it off as long as you like but one day, you’ll have to accept that you’re not a kid anymore. When you’ve finally made that transition into adulthood you need an apartment to go along with it. The days of sleeping on a futon and eating cheap ramen for every meal are over. If you’re going to take on the responsibilities of being a fully fledged adult, you’ll have to start acting like one. The unfortunate truth is, you can’t spend all of your money on beer and chips anymore. You’ll have to start filling your apartment with all of this boring stuff that every adult needs to have.
A Proper Bed
When you were in your early twenties you were perfectly happy to sleep on couches and pull out beds every night but these days you find yourself waking up with a stiff back, tired from a bad night’s sleep. Every adult needs a decent, grown up bed to sleep on. Getting the frame is the easy part but when it comes to the mattress, it’s way more complicated than you think. Visit https://www.mattress-guides.net/top-mattresses-any-budget-low-mid-high-price/ for a rundown of all of the different types that you can get. You spend about a third of your life sleeping on that mattress so you’re going to want to invest a bit of money in a decent quality one. You used to just get a normal spring mattress and that was it but nowadays you’ve got to choose between springs, memory foam, air mattresses, waterbeds and whatever else. The prices range from around $100 all way up to $1000 for the most expensive ones. You don’t need to get the most expensive ones but you should be getting a good mid-range one if you want it to last.
Once you’ve got a good bed you need to get some grown up linens for them. The old Spiderman bedspread that you’ve had since you were a kid isn’t going to fly anymore, especially if you’ve got guests in the house. Cheap and nasty ones are going to be itchy and uncomfortable. Get some nice quality ones with a reserved and classy design on them.
Frames For Your Posters
Turning your apartment into an adult space might mean making some changes to the wall decorations. Old tatty movie posters look pretty childish and you should definitely get rid of any posters of your favorite pin up girls, it gives off a sweaty teenager vibe. But that doesn’t mean that you need to bin all of your posters, you just need to give them a little grown up makeover. Adding frames to your posters immediately turns them from tatty wall decorations into classy pieces of art.
A Good ToolKit
You’re too old to be calling up your dad every time you need something fixing around the house and paying for somebody to come in every time you’ve got a small problem is going to cost you too much. You’re an adult now and you need to know how to fix things yourself so you need a good toolkit. Visit https://www.lowes.com/projects/repair-and-maintain/assemble-a-basic-tool-kit/project for a checklist of everything that you need to fix most general home repairs. At the very least you should get a hammer, a screwdriver set, some wrenches, a drill, and a tape measure. It’s always a good idea to keep a good stock of different sized screws in the house as well so you don’t need to run out to the hardware store and buy a whole pack every time you’ve got a small repair to make.
A Full Length Mirror
You probably don’t spend that much time looking at yourself in the mirror so you don’t have much need for a full length mirror on a day to day basis. But there are some situations when your outfit is important. When you’re interviewing for jobs, for example, you need to make sure that you’re dressed perfectly. The same goes for any classy events that you might get invited to. You could make do with standing on a chair to see if your shoes look ok, but you’re a bit too old for that now.
When you’re decorating your new apartment you need to start thinking like an adult. All of the old junk you used to have lying around when you were in your early twenties sends the wrong message. A great grown up decoration to have in the apartment is some good plants. Maybe you’re not grown up enough for a pet but a plant is a good stepping stone. Keeping a plant alive is a great way to practice being a grown up and it makes a classy piece of decoration. It’s also good for your health to have plants around the apartment because it recycles the air and makes it a lot cleaner.
A Good Set Of Knives
Eating right is a big part of being an adult. Pizza rolls and noodles don’t constitute a balanced diet so you’re actually going to have to learn to cook properly. One of the main things that you need in your kitchen is a good set of knives. When you’re buying kitchen knives, think of them as an investment. A cheap set is going to go blunt in a few months and you’ll have to buy some more. It’s worth shelling out a bit more money and getting a high quality set that will go the distance. There are three main types of knife that you need; the first is a chef knife which is a larger knife that you’ll use for your main chopping. Then you need a paring knife which is a smaller one for trimming fat from meat and things like that. Finally, you need a serrated knife for slicing bread or cooked meats. These three knives should cover pretty much any tasks that you need to do in the kitchen.
A First Aid Kit
When you’re in your early twenties, it seems like you’re invincible. You can bounce back from bumps and scrapes no problem, but as you get older, you’ll start to be a little more fragile. That’s why it’s a good idea to get yourself a proper first aid kit to keep around the house. You’ll want to get a variety of plasters and bandages in there with some safety pins to secure them. Alcohol free cleansing wipes to clean out any cuts and scrapes, painkillers for headaches, bug spray for the summer, and some skin rash cream. You won’t be able to deal with every single ailment with your home first aid kit but it’ll stop you from running back and forth to the emergency room for every tiny problem.
A Folder For Mail
As you get older, you’ll start to notice that the mail you get is less junk mail and more important stuff that you need to keep. The classic pile by the door is one option but it’s going to be a pain if you need to find something in there. It’s not very exciting but you should invest in a folder with different sections so you can file all of your important documents. When you’re trying to organize paying all of your bills, it makes things a whole lot easier if you can actually find them in the first place. It’s one of the most boring purchases that you can make but it’ll make your life a lot simpler.
When I was younger, I never really saw the point of a calendar because I had nothing to put on it. But when you get older, you’ll realize that there are lots of important appointments that you need to remember. Forgetting to pay your bills is going to land you in financial trouble but if it’s on a calendar, you’ve solved that problem immediately. You don’t have to use an old fashioned paper one, you can download handy apps as a replacement but, however you decide to do it, you need some way of organizing your life.
When you’re working full-time and trying to sort out the rest of your adult business at the same time, it seems like there are not enough hours in the day. It only seems that way because you’re not doing things in any kind of logical order. You’d be surprised just how much you can get done if you plan your time properly. Make yourself a proper routine for when you get in from work and then you can get all of the boring stuff out of the way and leave yourself some time to relax.
None of these things is particularly exciting but if you’re going to be a fully functioning grown up, you need to have them.