A quality mattress: You spend practically half your life on your mattress, so it’s something you should spend real money on (and buy brand new), Langmaid said.
“If you are on the same mattress that you’ve had since you left home for college, it’s time to upgrade,” he said. “It’s time to get the piece that is made for you, that you sleep well on. . . . Everybody needs a great mattress.”
Mattress preferences vary from person to person. Langmaid said he likes a bed that will swallow him up, while others might prefer firm support. The key, he says, is to go to a store, rather than shopping online, and try them out.
He cautions buying a cheap mattress because it should last for at least 10 years, but one way to alleviate any financial burden is to opt for financing or a payment plan.
He said a high-quality mattress was the first real piece of furniture he bought after graduating college, and although he uses it for guests now, it has lasted him all this time.
Clothes organizing tools: “When you’re in your 30s and you have people over and they open your drawer and it’s a hot mess, it kind of is a reflection I think on just you in general — how you keep your home,” says Meg Biram, 35, a D.C.-based lifestyle blogger. She recommends investing in containers to organize your closets and drawers.
“If you have everything piled into one closet but it’s not well-organized with containers and hangers and dividers, then it can just be a nightmare every day trying to find stuff,” she said.
She said she’s organized her shoes with tools from the Container Store. If your budget doesn’t allow for store-bought accessories, she suggests small shoe boxes to help organize drawers. She uses these to organize garments by type — hiking socks vs. athletic, for example.
Vacuum: Everybody needs to have a good vacuum, Langmaid said. “You need to spend at least $100 on a vacuum that suits your needs,” he said. “And you need to use it regularly.”
Biram recommends the Dyson Animal Stick Vac V8, which is a pretty hefty investment at $350 , but she said it’s worth every penny. When she and her husband got married several years ago, they got a $70 vacuum from their wedding registry. It lasted about a year before they replaced it with another vacuum for less than $100.
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