In Your 30s? 9 Things You Need to Get Rid of—Stat
We understand that decorating in your 20s can be limited by your budget, the tastes of your roommate(s), or an undecided personal aesthetic. While your tastes will continue to develop and your budget may always be a concern, certain items have no business in a sophisticated adult space, period. Eager to graduate from your 20-something apartment? Read on to learn the nine things that no one north of 30 should have at home.
Unframed, fraying posters that are curling at the corners and hanging onto the wall for dear life have no place in an adult home. If you can’t part with your beloved classic movie poster, mount it in a deep frame so the character of those well-worn corners comes through but the overall look is polished and mature.
Do yourself a favor and get rid of any threadbare, stained, or ratty bath towels you still have lying around. There are plenty of affordable options out there to replace your overly worn terry cloth, and you’re an adult—you deserve better!
We understand you need an extra place for overnight guests to sleep (and need the same piece to function as a sofa), but a futon is not the answer. You know what is? A sleeper sofa. You should get one and donate that futon to a young college student in need.
If you’ve collected plastic souvenir cups branded with bar, theme park, family reunion, and corporate sponsorship names over the years and they are still your go-to drinkware, it’s time to upgrade. Available in affordable sets, mature glassware will bring some simple class to your morning dose of OJ, and you’ll never embarrassingly pass your date a glass of water in a McGee’s Pub tumbler again.
At this stage in the game, you should have amassed a collection of décor items that feel personal and relate to your interests or aesthetic. If you still have random knickknacks decorating your shelves (as opposed to sentimental ones), it’s time to toss them.
These inexpensive mirrors with hardware meant to hang over a door made sense in your college apartment or your first post-grad place, but their wavy glass and flimsy frames shouldn’t be a part of your morning dressing routine. Instead, opt for a leaning floor or full-length mirror that can be mounted flush to a wall to cut down on distortion and offer a true reflection.
Paper shades are great if you need a quick fix or temporary privacy solution, but they should never be your permanent window treatments. If custom shades aren’t in your budget, opt for a more stylish, woven bamboo shade in a standard size larger than your window frame, or hang inexpensive drapes for a more adult, sophisticated look.
If you have enough space for a dining room or kitchen table, pair it with chairs that feel a little more permanent than their fold-up brethren. No one wants to linger over a long, intimate dinner with friends when stuck on an uncomfortable chair that might buckle at any moment. We understand the need for additional seating around the holidays, but for everyday dining, splurge on a complete set.
If you don’t have a bed with side rails or if you’re using a headboard attached directly to your metal bed frame, it’s time to make sure you have a bed skirt to cover the unsightly metal legs. Bonus: A bed skirt will offer hidden storage opportunities beneath your mattress. Opt for a tailored version for a modern, contemporary look.
That’s not all. There are a few other items 30-somethings should kick out of their apartment. Disagree? Tell us below!