Adulting tips from an adult who doesn’t adult good:
Keep two separate dirty clothes bins. One for clothes. One for towels. That way you won’t have to dig out towels from a mountain of clothes you can just wash a load when you are desperate.
Anything with “pet deodorizer” in the cleaning label can be poured down the sink to kill bad odors kill gnats.
Try to change your sheets twice a month. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t.
Start a decent first aid/OTC pharmacy when you have some money left over. Disinfectant, aspirin, allergy meds, Etc. You never know when A) you can’t afford a doc atm or B) you can’t get yourself to go to the doc or C) both or D) your idiot friend just decided to snowboard off your roof. This doesn’t have to be a priority.
At some point you’ll have to buy a thermometer. Don’t buy the cheapest one, it won’t last past the second cold of the year.
Get a clock that runs on batteries because lol you will lose power at some point.
On that note, if you have room, get some kind of ice chest/cooler because you will lose power at some point, and while your freezer will remain nice and cold for a day or so, your fridge will not so the ice chest will come in handy because you can always replace the ice but your milk will go sour.
Also on this note: buy a flash light and slowly and surely never throw away a candle. Ever. Ever. Ever. Unless it’s done and then you have my permission. The first time you have to take a shower without power in the dark you’ll thank me.
Also bic lighters are cheap and easy and jfc you have to light candles somehow.
Be on the look out for: cheap blankets, fans, and space heaters. Buy whenever possible. They will save your life.
Bananas go bad quick. Eat them. They are good for you.
If you have a car, keep the following things in it: a towel, a blanket, a change of socks, some cash, a flashlight, and some kind of food like a granola bar. If you have an old cell phone, keep it in there too. While old cell phones won’t have service providers, most (newer) cell phones still allow you to dial 911 despite not being connected to a service.
If you have the space (I have a garage that’s too small for my truck so I use that) and you have a in-home washer/dryer, hang clothes to dry. A) easier on clothes so clothes last longer B) less electricity = less money & less energy usage.
Dryer sheets + rugs = getting out pet hair
Dryer sheets + hair = gets rid of fly-a-ways. (Scented dryer sheets = makes ur hair smell good.)
Towel on a cookie baking sheet = ironing board (I’ve also heated up a skillet and used it as an iron in a frantic last minute freak out)
Keep extra toilet paper within arms reach of the toilet