30 Things You Should Be Able to Make by the Time You Turn 30
As someone who is now officially in my 30s (31, in fact!), imparting wisdom upon 29-year-olds about to make the plunge has quickly become one of my favorite things.
Most of us probably had (or currently have) a mental list of things we wanted to do before we turned 30. From sky diving to spending a year traveling around the world, that early 20s bucket list is one we all know and love. But, we’re not just about bucket lists here at Brit + Co. We’re about keeping it real, creative and smart. So with that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 30 things you should be able to make by the time you turn 30. From poached eggs (get fancy with that break, yo!) to martinis (I guess fancy things are a theme?), here’s our list.
<b>Eggs in Every Style, Including Poached</b>We know you know how to scramble an egg. You even know about adding shredded cheese and a tablespoon of salsa to give that batch of scrambled eggs extra oomph. But it’s time for an egg upgrade. Learn to fry (over easy, over medium and over hard), learn to hard boil and learn to poach. Soon enough, you’ll be making your own eggs benny from scratch! (Oh and psst, our book Homemakers has our tried-and-true tricks for making perfect eggs, every time.)
<b>An Animated GIF</b>Though animated GIFs tend to skew on the younger side, you best make sure you know how to make one if you want to take your photo game to the next level. There are apps that make this extremely easy, even from your phone. But if you really want to be a boss, you’ll learn how to make one in Photoshop, even if you didn’t shoot photos specifically for animating. Case in point is the GIF you see above from my wedding. Once I scrolled through those photos, I knew a GIF had to be born ;) GIF pronunciation is still up for debate, but I stand by the hard G.
<b>A Martini</b>Whether you like your martinis dirty, extra dirty and/or with a twist, it’s time that you learned how to make one yourself. (Photo: Sarah Culver via Style Me Pretty)
<b>Cookies from Scratch</b>A homemade batch of chocolate chip cookies goes a really long way. And here’s the thing: They are really easy to make and even easier to customize to give ’em your special touch. Throw in a few walnuts, a peanut butter chip or two or even a handful of crushed up Oreos. And don’t forget to sprinkle sea salt on the top! Love cookies but hate the cals? Check out this batch of Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies made with a totally crazy cookie ingredient: CHICK PEAS. What?! Yes.
<b>An Entire Apartment Out of IKEA Furniture</b>By the time you turn 30, it’s pretty likely you will have amassed a formidable collection of IKEA furniture. At this point you should be able to build all that on your own. From there, the key to taking your collection to the next level is hacking all of those IKEA pieces, so your apartment doesn’t look like it’s 100% IKEA. Check out our archive of clever IKEA hacks to get inspired.
<b>Your Halloween Costume</b>Togas need not apply. Whether you’re going creative, pop culture, funny or punny, making your own Halloween costume is the only way to go. And yes, sourcing a bunch of elements and hacking them to create a costume totally counts as DIY.
<b>Your Entire Thanksgiving Dinner</b>Or any multi-faceted meal, for that matter. If you’re hosting friends and family for a big dinner, forget the takeout and frozen stuff. Take the time to try out a few new recipes and prep them accordingly for your meal. We’ve even got a handy how-to for cooking an entire Thanksgiving dinner in 60 minutes flat.
<b>An Updo</b>Lifetime member of the #longhairdontcare club? I’m personally guilty of going the “I’ll just let it air dry” route every single morning. Though a fancy updo isn’t a must for every day, mastering a few key styles will make the art of getting ready more fun and creative. And if you’re in the near-30 age group, we’re guessing you’ve been invited to a wedding or 10 this summer and fall — bring your A-game with a fresh new ‘do!
<b>Your Bed, Correctly</b>I have to admit, I’m definitely one of those over-30s who is still fake-making the bed. There’s no excuse, and it literally takes only a couple extra minutes to do right (and there are even sheets that make it easier). Maybe it’s time to splurge on a dust ruffle and headboard while you’re at it ;)
10. A Killer Playlist: Putting on three Girl Talk albums in a row does NOT count! A killer playlist has a different definition for each occasion, and it’s up to you and your years of dancing-your-face-off experience to know how to read the situation. Musts include throwbacks to the ’60s and ’70s as well as the obvious ’90s, obscure tracks by musicians your artsy cousin told you about and never forget those crowd-pleasers as well.