Sure, you can bake cakes in mugs, use a coffee table as a dining table, and use your sheets as fort-making materials (#bestlife). But just because your home goods can perform double duty doesn’t mean they should — at least not every day. We’ve compiled a list of 30 things we advise adding to your life before you hit the big 3-0. Along the way, we’re busting myths, letting you in on trade secrets, and lifting the curtain on the best time to buy (because seriously, if you drag all of these into your Amazon cart at once, that’s just bananas). And on that note: You’ll see that we skipped one-note things like a banana rack. Why not store those bananas in a big, beautiful dish that can moonlight as a salad bowl?
What else didn’t make the cut? Similarly niche pieces that some people "can’t live without" but most will do just fine without (juicer, griddle pan, tongs). Also, anything we feel it’s safe to assume you have. There’s no “forks” or “trash can” here, because we have a feeling you already have those — and if not, you can figure that out on your own. Instead, we’re using our real estate to plug the adult-ifying things that make life easier (see: utensil drawer divider, $15) and more beautiful (throw blanket, also $15).