While I’ve still got a few years before I hit the big 3-0, there are some things that I’ve purchased and seen the importance of having these past couple of years that I’ve figured are practically necessities by the time you do turn 30.
I definitely could have made this list triple the length, so I may do a part 2 soon. However, these 10 things you should own by age 30 are the high up on my list.
10 Things You Should Own By Age 30
1. A 4.5+ rated vacuum cleaner that is perfectly suited for your home.
- When Nathan and I moved 2 years ago, we did purchase a 4.5 star rated vacuum, but we missed the mark with the size and weight of it. We live in a small space, which makes maneuvering around corners and such pretty difficult if the vacuum is too large and heavy. So we’re actually in the market for a new one and we’re considering the one below. I also included my trusty handheld that is awesome! I’ve used it everyday for the past two years.
2. A quality coffee maker.
- It’s true, most coffee makers do the job. However, if you find yourself spending more than you’d like on lattes and cappuccinos at coffee shops, investing in a really great coffee/espresso maker is a smart move. We have the Nespresso and we love it. And I do think even if you’re not a coffee drinker, but have guests over regularly, it’s a good idea to purchase one to have available to brew some coffee for visitors-especially since there are so many affordable options. Below is both my favorite high-end and my favorite cost-effective coffee makers (I have both).
3. A key rack or bowl. Pretty much somewhere designated ONLY for keys.
- The older we get, the more like we are to forget things. So why not avoid forgetting one very important thing (your keys) by putting them in the same place each day. We have a cute hook rack right by our front door where our keys and headphones go-two things we use daily.
4. Good luggage.
- How much you travel will determine how many and how big of a luggage to have, but having quality luggage is essential to keep your contents safe and secure and to not look like a hot-mess when walking through the airport and beyond. I received a good luggage set as a gift a couple of years ago, but I’m actually in the market for an additional carry on with modern features. Below are the ones I’m eyeing.
5. A tool kit.
- It doesn’t need to be too fancy, but every apartment-renter and especially homeowner needs to have a handful of basic tools on hand for common uses.
6. Paraben-free and sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
- Regardless of how long your hair is or of your gender (cough husbands/boyfriends cough), there is no excuse to have damaging ingredients and chemicals in products you use so frequently. Paraben-free and sulfate-free options are easy to find, so there’s no excuse! Below is a great low-cost drugstore option and one of my favorite higher-end options.
7. Placemats and coasters.
- You’ve probably spent a decent amount of money by now on a dining table and coffee table, so don’t ruin either with hot/cold plates and dishes. I like to switch these out depending on the season, but always have a neutral set of both that I can use all year long too.
8. A slow-cooker.
- My slow-cooker is everything. I use it 4-5 days a week and I make the yummiest and easiest meals with it. Even if cooking isn’t your thing, a slow-cooker is practically fool proof. The exact one I use is below:
9. Legit comforter and sheets.
- I think our beds have always been our happy places, but even more so as we get older. So if you’re still sleeping on cheap sheets and using a comforter that looses it’s fluff after a few washes, you’re doing it wrong. High quality sheets and comforters can run a little steep, but investing in the place you rest your head at night is definitely worth it!
10. A trusty overnight/weekender bag.
- It’s just smart and functional to have one great bag that is made to carry just what you need for an overnight or weekend trip. Plus, it adds structure making sure you don’t overpack. I also like to keep a toiletry bag in my weekender ready to go with my travel-sized products at all times, so when a quick trip arises, I only need to pack clothing and shoes.