10 Essentials for Adulting

Household items you’ll need for a home that’s a little more “grown-up”
GlucksteinHome Estate Bedding
GlucksteinHome Estate bedding

Transitioning into adulthood means your surroundings should, too. Whether you’re moving into your first post-dorm apartment or looking to make your current space a little more refined, we’ve rounded up ten adulting essentials for a home that’s a little more grown up. Here are the key items you’ll need to make adulting that much easier.

1. Matching Flatware

Gone are the days where it’s cute that none of your cutlery matches. And so a matching flatware set tops our list of adulting essentials. As you start to welcome friends and family into your home for dinner parties and get-togethers, opt for a complete set of flatware that covers off four place settings – or go for eight, if you tend to host larger groups.

Adulting essential matching flatware
GlucksteinHome 20-piece Preston flatware set, 20-piece Delia flatware set

2. “Forever” Furniture

By the time you’ve decided to make your home a little more “adult,” you’re likely to have had some time to carve out your personal aesthetic. Investing in a timeless sofa or bed frame that speaks to your style is a great place to start.

Adulting essential GlucksteinHome James sofa
GlucksteinHome James sofa

3. A Personalized Art Collection

Art adds soul to the home. And there’s no better adulting essential than a growing collection of artwork you love. Show off your newly developed personal taste and hang pieces that bring you joy. Bonus points for abstract art that feels particularly grown-up.

Adulting essential matching art
GlucksteinHome Ilya canvas painting set

4. Cloth Napkins

Nothing feels more adult than cloth napkins at the dinner table. Your cooking skills may still be limited to frozen pizza and take-out, but that doesn’t mean your tablescape can’t be stylishly grown-up.  Cloth napkins not only look and feel nicer, they eliminate the need for single-use paper.

GlucksteinHome Lafayette Stripe Napkins
GlucksteinHome Lafayette linen napkins

5. A Cutting Board

A cutting board that doubles as sleek serveware comes in handy when entertaining. Opt for a wooden board with a beautiful grain. It will be stylish enough to leave out on the counter for easy access.

GlucksteinHome Graze Round Wood Cutting Board
GlucksteinHome Graze round wood cutting board

6. A Stylishly Organized Bookshelf

Having accumulated a number of books, plants, and décor over the years, you’ll need a stylish bookshelf to display all those curated pieces. An organized home is an adult home, after all.

GlucksteinHome Drayton Etagere
GlucksteinHome Drayton Etagere

7. Extra Bedding

Some weeks increasingly adult priorities mean time is of the essence, and sometimes laundry falls to the wayside. You’ll need a few sets of extra bed sheets on hand when life gets busy. It’s also nice to have linens that change with the seasons. Think of cooling linen for the hot summer months and cozy flannels for chilly winters.

Adulting essential extra bedding
GlucksteinHome 600 thread count Supima cotton sheet set

8. Mood Lighting

Set the tone for a grown-up space by adding onto your basic overhead lighting. Choose a special pendant or chandelier feature piece that expresses to your personal style. Layer in accent and task lighting with table lamps, floor lamps, and wall sconces to increase the ambiance.

GlucksteinElements Bristol Lowell Lights
GlucksteinElements Bristol chandelier, Lowell wall sconce

9. A Bath Accessory Set

A stylish bath accessory set is a sometimes overlooked adulting essential. But trust us, nothing feels more grown up than a neat and tidy bathroom counter. Organize your everyday bathroom items with an accessory set that fits your style. Try terrazzo or concrete for an on-trend look or marble or glass for a sophisticated touch.

GlucksteinHome Terrazzo Bath Accessories
GlucksteinHome Terrazzo bath accessories

10. Red and White Wine Glasses

Rounding our the list of adulting essentials is a set of white and red wine glasses. Because what could be more adult than having the appropriately sized glassware for the appropriate type of grape?

GlucksteinHome Fete Wine Glasses
GlucksteinHome Fete red wine glasses

Photography courtesy of Hudson’s Bay and The Home Depot Canada


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