There’s a certain romanticism to being a 20-something, isn’t there? You may have graduated from college or moved into your own place, but for the most part, you’re still figuring out this whole life thing.
It’s socially acceptable to live with five roommates, all your furniture is from IKEA, your online cart is constantly full of fast fashion, and Postmates is the most-used app on your phone.
However, once you turn 30, it’s time to make some changes. Maybe you still haven’t figured out your career or achieved certain “life goals” — and by the way, that’s totally fine — but you’re probably feeling an urge to upgrade your lifestyle a bit. You’re craving levels of comfort, maybe even luxury, that you forgoed in your 20s and your priorities have definitely shifted.
Even if you’re accustomed to scouring retailers for the cheapest option of everything (hey, no shame in that game!), there are certain items that are worth investing in, whether for comfort, convenience or your own sanity. From furniture and household items to wardrobe staples, here’s a roundup of the top things to splurge on after turning 30.
Things To Splurge On After Turning 30
A Good Couch
Given the fact that you’re probably spending more time on the couch watching Netflix and less time standing in line at clubs, it’s worth investing in a good couch after turning 30. Say goodbye to your cheap IKEA sofa that makes your lower back hurt more than it already does; it’s time to splurge on something super comfy — and sturdy — that you’ll keep for years and years.
Article’s selection of couches is well-loved on the internet, and they come in a variety of colors and styles, all of which are made from high-quality materials. Yes, the price tag might sting a little at first, but after a couple of nights binging Love Island, you’ll find your new modern couch well worth it. Not to mention all the compliments you’ll receive when hosting friends for a wine night or book club.
5 Best Healing Crystals for Depression
There’s a reason why towels are such a common item on wedding registries. At a certain point in your life, you no longer feel ashamed about enjoying simple luxuries. A super-soft, plush towel not only makes your own bathing experience that much better, but it’s also an easy way to impress your guests — something your average 20-something probably isn’t too concerned about.
These spa-inspired towels from Riley Home are sure to smile when you step out of the shower. Crafted from 100% long-staple cotton, the fabric is softer than most and absorbent to boot. You’ll also appreciate that they come in two sizes, a normal bath towel and a larger bath sheet for fully wrapping yourself up in a cloud of happiness post-bath.
Is there anything more satisfying than slipping into silky-soft sheets and a fluffy duvet, surrounded by pillows that feel like actual clouds? The answer is no. Plus, it’s safe to say that in your 30s, getting a good night’s sleep is more important to you than ever before. Research shows that sleep directly affects everything from your hormones to your immune system to your stress levels and brain function — and the quality of your sheets affects your sleep.
For options that won’t go out of style next season or completely break the bank, try Brooklinen’s lineup of cozy classics. The brand’s bestselling Luxe Sateen Sheets are made with a high thread count cotton sateen fabric and a special weave technique for more densely packed yarn to give them an ultra-luxurious feel. Top the sheet set with one of the cloud-like down or down alternative duvets — you can’t go wrong either way.
A Reliable Vacuum
While it’s certainly not the most glamorous purchase, a good vacuum is well worth the price. In fact, it can be life-changing, especially if you have children or pets or a hopelessly messy partner. Consider these things when doing your research, as well as the space you will be cleaning — aka is it small or large, hardwood or carpet — as this will help determine the power level and other features that are best for your needs.
One vacuum that has rave reviews all around: is the Shark APEX Upright Vacuum. The dual brush roll works well on both carpet and solid floors, effectively picking up dirt, pet hair, dander, and other debris, and it features a HEPA filter that removes and traps dust from the air before it is blown back into your home. Also nice: This vacuum cuts a wider cleaning swath, without the extra bulk or weight, thanks to the brand’s Active-Glide Technology.
It’s high time to throw away your dingy pots and pans and get yourself some quality cookware. Even if you’re not a regular at-home chef, when it comes to things to splurge on after turning 30, your future self will thank you for investing in long-lasting items that you don’t have to replace every few years when they’ve inevitably accumulated scratches, stains, and dents.
This Tramontina Gourmet Tri-Ply Clad 12 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set was voted the best by The New York Times’ Wirecutter, and at $330 it won’t break the bank, especially compared to other, much pricier sets. It includes one stock pot, three saucepans, two frying pans, one saute pan, and all the necessary lids. (There are also cheaper 8- and 10-piece options available if you want to start with the basics.) Each piece is made of premium stainless steel and features cool-touch handles for fuss-free cooking. Oh, and the best part? It’s all dishwasher safe!
A Wardrobe of “Investment Pieces”
There’s nothing wrong with experimenting with fast fashion trends, but by your 30s, the majority of your wardrobe should stand the test of time. You’ll find that it’s worth it to invest in a high-quality pieces that will never go out of style as opposed to the latest fads. Stylists recommend stocking your closet with a versatile blazer, well-fitted jeans, tailored trousers, a nice coat, and a little black dress (or any occasion dress that makes you feel comfortable). If you need help curating a “grown-up” closet, consider seeking a personal shopper or using an online service like StitchFix.
Who says you have to wait for a romantic partner to get down on one knee and give you an expensive diamond? If you’re lusting for some nice jewelry and you’re financially able, we hereby encourage you to buy it yourself. Look for delicate, everyday pieces that can become your staples, and you won’t regret spending more for quality. Think diamond studs, 14k gold hoop earrings, pendant necklaces, gemstone rings, bangle bracelets, and luxury watches. Brooklyn-based Catbird is a great place to shop for super-chic jewelry.
5 Amazing Reasons To Have Shower Plants
Lazy about SPF? In the habit of falling asleep in your makeup? Barely know what retinol is? It’s probably about time you spruce up your skincare routine — or at the least, create one. The ideal first step is to visit a dermatologist to assess what exactly your skin’s needs are. (It’s also a great opportunity to have a skin check, which The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends undergoing once a year).
A solid skincare routine for your 30s consists of a gentle cleanser, multitasking moisturizer, daily sunscreen, retinol treatment, chemical exfoliator, and eye cream. Now’s the time to start considering in-office treatments, like chemical peels and injectables, as a preventative measure.Read more: 8 Things That Are Worth The Splurge In Your 30s