If your twenties are a time of great experimentation, your thirties are all about realizing that it’s also pretty fun to finally get a handle on who you are and what you’re all about. This is the time to invest in some great pieces and settle into some good habits at home that will pay off for decades. Make sure you’ve got these things down pat during this decade.
Below, the home guide for your 30s:
Some “keep forever” furniture
By the time you reach your 30s, you’ve tried out different looks in your home – and experienced plenty of decorating trial and error – so you have a pretty good grasp of your sense of style. This is the time to think about investing in a few classic pieces that you’ll be able to enjoy for the long haul. No longer should you automatically turn to IKEA to fill the gaps in your decor.
When you find you need a new item, seek out well-crafted pieces in classic shapes and styles.
Spend more on the stuff you know you’ll love now and for years to come. It will be worth it. The only (sort of) downside? No longer will you be able to ditch your cheap stuff on the curb when you move; this stuff is coming with you. You’ll find that that’s really okay because – upside – you’re more stable and settled so you’re moving less often (you probably won’t miss that rotating door of random roommates from your 20s either). Bottom line? You won’t regret buying quality.
A streamlined closet system
It’s no longer cute to show up to work or a date looking rumpled. By this point in your life, you’ve collected some nicer clothes, and you need a way to keep them looking that way. Make sure your closet has plenty of hangers at the ready – matching, non-wire hangers – so you don’t have to double up, and enough drawer space so you’re not cramming your clothes inside. Treating and storing your clothes the right way will make them look better and last longer, of course, and (bonus!) will also save you precious minutes getting dressed in the morning. Spruce up your closet; feel like a grown up.
Time to show yourself and the world that you can care for something living. Maybe that’s a low maintenance cactus (tip: water less than you think; don’t smother it with love) or maybe it’s a high maintenance pet. Either way, you need something in your home to hold you accountable for its care. Getting older means you might be settling down, finding a partner, thinking about a kid. Required for all of the above? A major set of caring skills. This is the time to start cultivating those skills! Take a first step now (even if it’s a goldfish-sized step).
You’ve got sheets and towels for yourself…what about when you have a guest? Friends staying overnight are no longer going be happy crashing on the couch and drying off with a questionably-rumpled towel after their morning shower (and that goes double for any romantic overnights). Having enough linens and forks and coffee mugs and toilet paper is a sign that you’re thinking ahead – and of other people. It feels nice not to have to scramble every time you have more than two people eating a meal in your home. Welcome to responsible adulthood.
A cleaning routine
Tough love time: a dirty apartment might have been tolerated by visiting friends and family in your 20s, but a filthy bathroom and overflowing kitchen sink are not okay anymore. If you don’t have one, get yourself a cleaning routine, like, yesterday. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Try keeping some cleaning supplies and tools in the places you need them (like some spray and a sponge in the bathroom) so you can quickly deal with any small messes as they happen. Having them close will make it easier to actually do it! Then set aside a chunk of time every week to do some deeper cleaning (like the tub). If you absolutely hate to clean, throw some money at the problem. If it’s worth it to you to not have to clean, do without some other luxury so you can afford to hire a housekeeper on the regular. Either way, get ‘er done.
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