The time has come to accept the inevitable: you’re growing up. Embrace it! Becoming an adult can be daunting, but not when you have guides as easy (and, let’s face it, as cool) as the ones in our new Adultify series. Now, you won’t ever have to utter that cringe-worthy term “adulting” when you accomplish something, like doing your laundry—you know, basic, responsible grown-up activities—because you’ll know these truths to be self-evident.
Ramen. Frozen pizza. Liquid diets. These are the hallmarks of eating as a young adult, making the kitchen, a place where cooking happens, one of the least important rooms in the house. But as you become a real adult, and your routine includes fewer last calls at the bar and more Netflix and chilling, the kitchen becomes more central. Think of it as a lab, but because the test subject is your own body, you definitely want to have the best equipment and the most high-quality materials available to you for cooking. With that in mind, here are nine simple steps to help make your kitchen reflect your age.