Grown-Up Goals: Home Stuff Everyone Needs to Know

No more excuses. Here are the basics. 

One of the biggest milestones of transitioning from college life to the real world is having your own space. It's something to be proud of, yet many young adults feel lost when it comes to taking care of their home, hosting a real party or even knowing basic etiquette. If you're just starting out and need some adulting help, here's our starter kit.

Design 101

Intimidated by blank walls or all the beige in your new space? One of the most common struggles young adults have is not knowing how to decorate. YouTube star and DIYer Mr. Kate recently helped us with some design basics in our new series, Grown-Up Goals. Here's how to decorate a living room for the first time and get a high-end look from thrift-store items.

Grown-Up Living Room 02:24

Mr. Kate and Joey share ideas for creating a living room that doesn't suck.

One of the most popular questions we get from urban adults is how to make the most out of a small apartment. If you live in a one-bedroom studio, it can be tough dedicating space to a home office, so Mr. Kate came up with a great mobile work station you can set up and store when not in use. Turn any part of your flat into a work area.

Creating a Workspace Anywhere 02:36

Create a simple portable workspace using these tips from Mr. Kate and Joey.

Stock Up on Basics

Walking through a homewares store can be overwhelming. Here are the essentials you need to stock your kitchen with so you can prep any meal and entertain friends.

Stocking Kitchen Essentials 01:00

Mr. Kate runs through her must-have tools and equipment for any kitchen.

The kitchen pantry isn't the only place you need to stock up on things. It's so important to keep common medicines, bandages and ointments at the ready. Avoid a trip to the pharmacy, especially when you feel bad. At the minimum, here's what you need.

10 Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves

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Keep It Clean + Organized 

Sure, you sweep once a week and wipe down the bathroom, but that's just the beginning of cleaning. There are several items that need replacing on a regular basis. Do you know the last time you changed your air filter? Think about what you're breathing in. A clean space is a healthy space. 

9 Things to Replace Frequently

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It's so hard to keep clutter under control, especially in open-space lofts where there are no closets and everything is visable. Mail is the worst. It piles up and takes over countertops and tables. It's tempting to toss out a pile of papers, but some things should be saved. Here's what you should hold onto and where to put it. 

How to Organize Paper Stuff

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Hosting 101 

Gone are the days of college keggers. Being a good host or hostess takes planning and prep time. Here's how to impress your friends and throw down as an adult.

Entertaining Without a Keg 02:30

Mr. Kate and Joey show you how to throw a party without a keg or beer pong.

How to Actually Set the Table

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Etiquette Essentials

Thank-you notes are still very relevant. It's your chance to make a lasting impression after a job interview, brighten someone's day and so much more. Keep a stack of stationery and stamps on hand.

How (and When) to Write a Thank You Note

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Mr. Kate shows how to make creative, personalized thank you note cards.

We have more ways of communicating with each other than we've ever before, yet when a friend or family member goes through something bad, we're silent because we don't know what to say. Part of being an adult — and this is way more important than thank-you notes or making conversation at dinner parties — is being there for someone.

How to Act When a Friend Goes Through a Tough Time

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We know there's more to adulting than the topics above. The real world comes with surprises, obstacles and letdowns. Sometimes you might not feel like an adult at all. But with these tips you can create a space that you can always come home to and that's always ready to welcome friends. And at least, at home, you know you've got it together.

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