26 Adulting Things You Need To Do Now (or Be Doing on a Regular Basis)

With the passing of my birthday in July, I keep thinking about how close I am to 30 now. And oh my goodness, what have I done with my life?! There are so many things I feel like I should have done by now or at least have a grip on. Good grief. More often than not, I don’t really think about big things I may not have done but the little things I feel like I should have mastered awhile ago. Adulting things that either need to be a part of my natural routine or simply crossed off my to do list altogether.

Please tell me I’m not the only one!

So I wrote a list of adulting stuff I need to get done or put into my regular routine. At 26, it’s not an exhaustive list but it’s a great start.

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  1. Empty out your email inbox. I know, I’m not looking forward to it either. But seriously. Even if you have to schedule multiple time slots. Get it done. And make sure to unsubscribe from email lists you have no use for.
  2. Go through your fridge and pantry and throw out anything that’s expired. Wipe down shelves and doors. (I’m good about doing this in my fridge/freezer. It’s the pantry I gotta work on!)
  3. Clean out your linen closet of all the old sheets, towels and things you never use or that need to be replaced.
  4. Buy a bottle you really like (maybe with an infuser) and start drinking the water you’re supposed to.
  5. Establish a skincare routine. The older you get, the more important it is we take care of our skin!
  6. Replace old makeup (that stuff expires you know). And clean your brushes while you’re at it.
  7. Create a system for keeping receipts and other documents you know you’re going to need for tax season.
  8. Create a system for keeping track of medical records for your family.
  9. Make sure your budget includes money regularly going into your savings account.
  10. Schedule time to spend with your parents, in-laws, and other family that are near enough to hang out with.
  11. Designate a physical place to serve as your inbox for any paperwork that comes into your home/office and schedule a time to process it regularly.
  12. Purge your wardrobe of clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories that don’t fit or you don’t ever wear and give it all away. No use in keeping stuff that’s useless to you. Someone else can enjoy it!
  13. Make sure you’re scheduling regular date nights with your spouse (preferably once a week, even if it’s a simple dessert date or watching a movie on the couch)
  14. Get rid of old socks and underwear and buy some new stuff. Just sayin’.
  15. Get serious about meal prepping so you’re not overspending on groceries or eating out too much.
  16. Clean out and organize your purse.
  17. Go over your budget and make sure money is going where it should be. Make necessary adjustments.
  18. Take your vitamins.
  19. Work out regularly.
  20. Get your CPR certification. It never hurts to be prepared and available to help.
  21. Make sure you’re making time for personal daily devotions.
  22. Set a bedtime and a wake up time. And quit hitting snooze.
  23. Quit electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. All of it. TV, phone, tablets, computers. Open a book, have a conversation, journal, prep your clothes for tomorrow, take a shower. Allow your brain to wind down before going to bed.
  24. Create a plan for paying off your consumer debt and student loans. There isn’t any reason to live with those bills longer than you have to.
  25. Have a conversation with your parents and siblings about medical records, health conditions, assets and who needs to take care of what in the event of an emergency or tragedy. This is real adulting right here. It’s not an easy conversation but it’s better to know what to do if something happens to a family member.
  26. Make sure you have a calendar and task list system (i.e. some kind of notebook or planner) to keep track of events, projects, and to dos. Never think you’re just going to remember. We’re getting older, not younger, and our brains don’t get better at this with age.

What kinds of grown up stuff do you need to take care of in your life? What would you add to my list? Any tips on how you took care of some of these things? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments!

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