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15 Items in Your Home You Never Clean (But Really Should)

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You won’t believe you haven't dealt with these obvious sources of gross bacteria

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Add these places and areas to your usual cleaning rotation.

The kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom are the three rooms we want to be the safest — but if you’re not cleaning their surfaces the right way, they could be teeming with harmful bacteria and mold.

Click here for the 15 Items in Your Home You Never Clean (But Really Should) slideshow.

Most people have a weekly rotation for typical household cleaning. You probably remember to vacuum, run your dishwasher, and wipe down your kitchen counter on the regular. But caught up in your typical routine, there are a few areas of your home that tend to get neglected.

Some of these among are the most dangerous places to leave untouched. Your coffee maker, for instance, gets used every morning. If it’s been growing colonies of mold, you’re endangering yourself and your family every time you pour your morning brew.

Recent studies have found that many places and things around your house are way grosser than you think. Your kitchen, in particular, is home to viruses, bacteria, and other spreading dangers; you’re most likely preparing and eating your food in a danger zone.

We’ve found the grossest, dirtiest corners of your home that you've probably forgotten about, and reminding you: You should really be cleaning these 15 places and things.


15 Things You Should Never EVER Have In Your Home After 30

2. Temporary furniture. "Often I see people waiting to move into the 'forever home' before they begin to decorate, and until then, simply buy whatever is on sale to fill up the space," says designer Scot Meacham Wood. "But, by the age of 30, you should really be living intentionally&mdashinvest in some classic pieces that you can carry with you, but stop waiting."

3. TV Stands. "Be gone, TV stands that were purchased with your TV!" says Lauren Buxbaum and Sasha Adler, Design Directors at Nate Berkus Associates. "It's time to do something a little less functional and a little more decorative."

4. Art or posters taped to the wall without frames. "By 30 you should invest in custom framing," says designer Nicole Gibbons.

5. Florescent floor lamps. "They can be very unflattering," warns Buxbaum and Adler. "Incandescent and soft lighting floor lamps are just as accessible, but they're easier on the eyes, prettier in the space and do wonders for your complexion."

6. Bare wood floors and postage stamp size area rugs. Rugs ground a room and bring so much warmth and life to a space. "Instead of reaching for the quickest solution, reach for a rug that adds texture, color or pattern&mdashin the largest size your room can handle!" advise Buxbaum and Adler. "It's amazing how it can elevate the whole look of a room."

7. Cheap bedding. "Really, there's no good reason to have cheap bedding whatever your age might be," explains Wood. "But, once you hit your 30's, you should really be treating yourself better."

8. An unmade bed. "It takes 60 seconds in the morning to make up your bed and it starts off your day with an accomplished feeling," says designer Ryan White.

9. Plastic dishware and serving pieces. According to Buxbaum and Adler these just aren't necessary, "unless it's for the garden party."

10. Kitchy picture frames. Yes, the ones of you and your bestie that say best friends. "In your 30s its time to invest in timeless pieces that you'll carry with you forever," says Gibbons. "Think classic silver-plated frames or other styles that feel sophisticated and coordinate with your decor."

11. Accent Walls. "Rather than enhancing a space it feels like it does just the opposite," explains Buxbaum and Adler. "There are so many other ways to create a focal point and make a statement."

12. That collection of shot glasses from your college spring break adventures on display. "These are only ok if you're still in college AND live in a sorority or frat house!" says Gibbons.

13. An empty fireplace mantel or bookshelf. Use flowers, art and accessories to add drama to any surface, advises White. "Buy interesting and fun objects to dress up your storage spaces."

14. Fake plants or trees. Even if you don't have a green thumb these just aren't necessary. "Use air plants that only require a small about of water and attention to green up any room," says White.

15. The pillows sold with the sofa. They are uniform and boring, "Buy different sized pillows and play with different colors and textures," says White.


15 Things You Should Never EVER Have In Your Home After 30

2. Temporary furniture. "Often I see people waiting to move into the 'forever home' before they begin to decorate, and until then, simply buy whatever is on sale to fill up the space," says designer Scot Meacham Wood. "But, by the age of 30, you should really be living intentionally&mdashinvest in some classic pieces that you can carry with you, but stop waiting."

3. TV Stands. "Be gone, TV stands that were purchased with your TV!" says Lauren Buxbaum and Sasha Adler, Design Directors at Nate Berkus Associates. "It's time to do something a little less functional and a little more decorative."

4. Art or posters taped to the wall without frames. "By 30 you should invest in custom framing," says designer Nicole Gibbons.

5. Florescent floor lamps. "They can be very unflattering," warns Buxbaum and Adler. "Incandescent and soft lighting floor lamps are just as accessible, but they're easier on the eyes, prettier in the space and do wonders for your complexion."

6. Bare wood floors and postage stamp size area rugs. Rugs ground a room and bring so much warmth and life to a space. "Instead of reaching for the quickest solution, reach for a rug that adds texture, color or pattern&mdashin the largest size your room can handle!" advise Buxbaum and Adler. "It's amazing how it can elevate the whole look of a room."

7. Cheap bedding. "Really, there's no good reason to have cheap bedding whatever your age might be," explains Wood. "But, once you hit your 30's, you should really be treating yourself better."

8. An unmade bed. "It takes 60 seconds in the morning to make up your bed and it starts off your day with an accomplished feeling," says designer Ryan White.

9. Plastic dishware and serving pieces. According to Buxbaum and Adler these just aren't necessary, "unless it's for the garden party."

10. Kitchy picture frames. Yes, the ones of you and your bestie that say best friends. "In your 30s its time to invest in timeless pieces that you'll carry with you forever," says Gibbons. "Think classic silver-plated frames or other styles that feel sophisticated and coordinate with your decor."

11. Accent Walls. "Rather than enhancing a space it feels like it does just the opposite," explains Buxbaum and Adler. "There are so many other ways to create a focal point and make a statement."

12. That collection of shot glasses from your college spring break adventures on display. "These are only ok if you're still in college AND live in a sorority or frat house!" says Gibbons.

13. An empty fireplace mantel or bookshelf. Use flowers, art and accessories to add drama to any surface, advises White. "Buy interesting and fun objects to dress up your storage spaces."

14. Fake plants or trees. Even if you don't have a green thumb these just aren't necessary. "Use air plants that only require a small about of water and attention to green up any room," says White.

15. The pillows sold with the sofa. They are uniform and boring, "Buy different sized pillows and play with different colors and textures," says White.


15 Things You Should Never EVER Have In Your Home After 30

2. Temporary furniture. "Often I see people waiting to move into the 'forever home' before they begin to decorate, and until then, simply buy whatever is on sale to fill up the space," says designer Scot Meacham Wood. "But, by the age of 30, you should really be living intentionally&mdashinvest in some classic pieces that you can carry with you, but stop waiting."

3. TV Stands. "Be gone, TV stands that were purchased with your TV!" says Lauren Buxbaum and Sasha Adler, Design Directors at Nate Berkus Associates. "It's time to do something a little less functional and a little more decorative."

4. Art or posters taped to the wall without frames. "By 30 you should invest in custom framing," says designer Nicole Gibbons.

5. Florescent floor lamps. "They can be very unflattering," warns Buxbaum and Adler. "Incandescent and soft lighting floor lamps are just as accessible, but they're easier on the eyes, prettier in the space and do wonders for your complexion."

6. Bare wood floors and postage stamp size area rugs. Rugs ground a room and bring so much warmth and life to a space. "Instead of reaching for the quickest solution, reach for a rug that adds texture, color or pattern&mdashin the largest size your room can handle!" advise Buxbaum and Adler. "It's amazing how it can elevate the whole look of a room."

7. Cheap bedding. "Really, there's no good reason to have cheap bedding whatever your age might be," explains Wood. "But, once you hit your 30's, you should really be treating yourself better."

8. An unmade bed. "It takes 60 seconds in the morning to make up your bed and it starts off your day with an accomplished feeling," says designer Ryan White.

9. Plastic dishware and serving pieces. According to Buxbaum and Adler these just aren't necessary, "unless it's for the garden party."

10. Kitchy picture frames. Yes, the ones of you and your bestie that say best friends. "In your 30s its time to invest in timeless pieces that you'll carry with you forever," says Gibbons. "Think classic silver-plated frames or other styles that feel sophisticated and coordinate with your decor."

11. Accent Walls. "Rather than enhancing a space it feels like it does just the opposite," explains Buxbaum and Adler. "There are so many other ways to create a focal point and make a statement."

12. That collection of shot glasses from your college spring break adventures on display. "These are only ok if you're still in college AND live in a sorority or frat house!" says Gibbons.

13. An empty fireplace mantel or bookshelf. Use flowers, art and accessories to add drama to any surface, advises White. "Buy interesting and fun objects to dress up your storage spaces."

14. Fake plants or trees. Even if you don't have a green thumb these just aren't necessary. "Use air plants that only require a small about of water and attention to green up any room," says White.

15. The pillows sold with the sofa. They are uniform and boring, "Buy different sized pillows and play with different colors and textures," says White.


15 Things You Should Never EVER Have In Your Home After 30

2. Temporary furniture. "Often I see people waiting to move into the 'forever home' before they begin to decorate, and until then, simply buy whatever is on sale to fill up the space," says designer Scot Meacham Wood. "But, by the age of 30, you should really be living intentionally&mdashinvest in some classic pieces that you can carry with you, but stop waiting."

3. TV Stands. "Be gone, TV stands that were purchased with your TV!" says Lauren Buxbaum and Sasha Adler, Design Directors at Nate Berkus Associates. "It's time to do something a little less functional and a little more decorative."

4. Art or posters taped to the wall without frames. "By 30 you should invest in custom framing," says designer Nicole Gibbons.

5. Florescent floor lamps. "They can be very unflattering," warns Buxbaum and Adler. "Incandescent and soft lighting floor lamps are just as accessible, but they're easier on the eyes, prettier in the space and do wonders for your complexion."

6. Bare wood floors and postage stamp size area rugs. Rugs ground a room and bring so much warmth and life to a space. "Instead of reaching for the quickest solution, reach for a rug that adds texture, color or pattern&mdashin the largest size your room can handle!" advise Buxbaum and Adler. "It's amazing how it can elevate the whole look of a room."

7. Cheap bedding. "Really, there's no good reason to have cheap bedding whatever your age might be," explains Wood. "But, once you hit your 30's, you should really be treating yourself better."

8. An unmade bed. "It takes 60 seconds in the morning to make up your bed and it starts off your day with an accomplished feeling," says designer Ryan White.

9. Plastic dishware and serving pieces. According to Buxbaum and Adler these just aren't necessary, "unless it's for the garden party."

10. Kitchy picture frames. Yes, the ones of you and your bestie that say best friends. "In your 30s its time to invest in timeless pieces that you'll carry with you forever," says Gibbons. "Think classic silver-plated frames or other styles that feel sophisticated and coordinate with your decor."

11. Accent Walls. "Rather than enhancing a space it feels like it does just the opposite," explains Buxbaum and Adler. "There are so many other ways to create a focal point and make a statement."

12. That collection of shot glasses from your college spring break adventures on display. "These are only ok if you're still in college AND live in a sorority or frat house!" says Gibbons.

13. An empty fireplace mantel or bookshelf. Use flowers, art and accessories to add drama to any surface, advises White. "Buy interesting and fun objects to dress up your storage spaces."

14. Fake plants or trees. Even if you don't have a green thumb these just aren't necessary. "Use air plants that only require a small about of water and attention to green up any room," says White.

15. The pillows sold with the sofa. They are uniform and boring, "Buy different sized pillows and play with different colors and textures," says White.


15 Things You Should Never EVER Have In Your Home After 30

2. Temporary furniture. "Often I see people waiting to move into the 'forever home' before they begin to decorate, and until then, simply buy whatever is on sale to fill up the space," says designer Scot Meacham Wood. "But, by the age of 30, you should really be living intentionally&mdashinvest in some classic pieces that you can carry with you, but stop waiting."

3. TV Stands. "Be gone, TV stands that were purchased with your TV!" says Lauren Buxbaum and Sasha Adler, Design Directors at Nate Berkus Associates. "It's time to do something a little less functional and a little more decorative."

4. Art or posters taped to the wall without frames. "By 30 you should invest in custom framing," says designer Nicole Gibbons.

5. Florescent floor lamps. "They can be very unflattering," warns Buxbaum and Adler. "Incandescent and soft lighting floor lamps are just as accessible, but they're easier on the eyes, prettier in the space and do wonders for your complexion."

6. Bare wood floors and postage stamp size area rugs. Rugs ground a room and bring so much warmth and life to a space. "Instead of reaching for the quickest solution, reach for a rug that adds texture, color or pattern&mdashin the largest size your room can handle!" advise Buxbaum and Adler. "It's amazing how it can elevate the whole look of a room."

7. Cheap bedding. "Really, there's no good reason to have cheap bedding whatever your age might be," explains Wood. "But, once you hit your 30's, you should really be treating yourself better."

8. An unmade bed. "It takes 60 seconds in the morning to make up your bed and it starts off your day with an accomplished feeling," says designer Ryan White.

9. Plastic dishware and serving pieces. According to Buxbaum and Adler these just aren't necessary, "unless it's for the garden party."

10. Kitchy picture frames. Yes, the ones of you and your bestie that say best friends. "In your 30s its time to invest in timeless pieces that you'll carry with you forever," says Gibbons. "Think classic silver-plated frames or other styles that feel sophisticated and coordinate with your decor."

11. Accent Walls. "Rather than enhancing a space it feels like it does just the opposite," explains Buxbaum and Adler. "There are so many other ways to create a focal point and make a statement."

12. That collection of shot glasses from your college spring break adventures on display. "These are only ok if you're still in college AND live in a sorority or frat house!" says Gibbons.

13. An empty fireplace mantel or bookshelf. Use flowers, art and accessories to add drama to any surface, advises White. "Buy interesting and fun objects to dress up your storage spaces."

14. Fake plants or trees. Even if you don't have a green thumb these just aren't necessary. "Use air plants that only require a small about of water and attention to green up any room," says White.

15. The pillows sold with the sofa. They are uniform and boring, "Buy different sized pillows and play with different colors and textures," says White.


15 Things You Should Never EVER Have In Your Home After 30

2. Temporary furniture. "Often I see people waiting to move into the 'forever home' before they begin to decorate, and until then, simply buy whatever is on sale to fill up the space," says designer Scot Meacham Wood. "But, by the age of 30, you should really be living intentionally&mdashinvest in some classic pieces that you can carry with you, but stop waiting."

3. TV Stands. "Be gone, TV stands that were purchased with your TV!" says Lauren Buxbaum and Sasha Adler, Design Directors at Nate Berkus Associates. "It's time to do something a little less functional and a little more decorative."

4. Art or posters taped to the wall without frames. "By 30 you should invest in custom framing," says designer Nicole Gibbons.

5. Florescent floor lamps. "They can be very unflattering," warns Buxbaum and Adler. "Incandescent and soft lighting floor lamps are just as accessible, but they're easier on the eyes, prettier in the space and do wonders for your complexion."

6. Bare wood floors and postage stamp size area rugs. Rugs ground a room and bring so much warmth and life to a space. "Instead of reaching for the quickest solution, reach for a rug that adds texture, color or pattern&mdashin the largest size your room can handle!" advise Buxbaum and Adler. "It's amazing how it can elevate the whole look of a room."

7. Cheap bedding. "Really, there's no good reason to have cheap bedding whatever your age might be," explains Wood. "But, once you hit your 30's, you should really be treating yourself better."

8. An unmade bed. "It takes 60 seconds in the morning to make up your bed and it starts off your day with an accomplished feeling," says designer Ryan White.

9. Plastic dishware and serving pieces. According to Buxbaum and Adler these just aren't necessary, "unless it's for the garden party."

10. Kitchy picture frames. Yes, the ones of you and your bestie that say best friends. "In your 30s its time to invest in timeless pieces that you'll carry with you forever," says Gibbons. "Think classic silver-plated frames or other styles that feel sophisticated and coordinate with your decor."

11. Accent Walls. "Rather than enhancing a space it feels like it does just the opposite," explains Buxbaum and Adler. "There are so many other ways to create a focal point and make a statement."

12. That collection of shot glasses from your college spring break adventures on display. "These are only ok if you're still in college AND live in a sorority or frat house!" says Gibbons.

13. An empty fireplace mantel or bookshelf. Use flowers, art and accessories to add drama to any surface, advises White. "Buy interesting and fun objects to dress up your storage spaces."

14. Fake plants or trees. Even if you don't have a green thumb these just aren't necessary. "Use air plants that only require a small about of water and attention to green up any room," says White.

15. The pillows sold with the sofa. They are uniform and boring, "Buy different sized pillows and play with different colors and textures," says White.


15 Things You Should Never EVER Have In Your Home After 30

2. Temporary furniture. "Often I see people waiting to move into the 'forever home' before they begin to decorate, and until then, simply buy whatever is on sale to fill up the space," says designer Scot Meacham Wood. "But, by the age of 30, you should really be living intentionally&mdashinvest in some classic pieces that you can carry with you, but stop waiting."

3. TV Stands. "Be gone, TV stands that were purchased with your TV!" says Lauren Buxbaum and Sasha Adler, Design Directors at Nate Berkus Associates. "It's time to do something a little less functional and a little more decorative."

4. Art or posters taped to the wall without frames. "By 30 you should invest in custom framing," says designer Nicole Gibbons.

5. Florescent floor lamps. "They can be very unflattering," warns Buxbaum and Adler. "Incandescent and soft lighting floor lamps are just as accessible, but they're easier on the eyes, prettier in the space and do wonders for your complexion."

6. Bare wood floors and postage stamp size area rugs. Rugs ground a room and bring so much warmth and life to a space. "Instead of reaching for the quickest solution, reach for a rug that adds texture, color or pattern&mdashin the largest size your room can handle!" advise Buxbaum and Adler. "It's amazing how it can elevate the whole look of a room."

7. Cheap bedding. "Really, there's no good reason to have cheap bedding whatever your age might be," explains Wood. "But, once you hit your 30's, you should really be treating yourself better."

8. An unmade bed. "It takes 60 seconds in the morning to make up your bed and it starts off your day with an accomplished feeling," says designer Ryan White.

9. Plastic dishware and serving pieces. According to Buxbaum and Adler these just aren't necessary, "unless it's for the garden party."

10. Kitchy picture frames. Yes, the ones of you and your bestie that say best friends. "In your 30s its time to invest in timeless pieces that you'll carry with you forever," says Gibbons. "Think classic silver-plated frames or other styles that feel sophisticated and coordinate with your decor."

11. Accent Walls. "Rather than enhancing a space it feels like it does just the opposite," explains Buxbaum and Adler. "There are so many other ways to create a focal point and make a statement."

12. That collection of shot glasses from your college spring break adventures on display. "These are only ok if you're still in college AND live in a sorority or frat house!" says Gibbons.

13. An empty fireplace mantel or bookshelf. Use flowers, art and accessories to add drama to any surface, advises White. "Buy interesting and fun objects to dress up your storage spaces."

14. Fake plants or trees. Even if you don't have a green thumb these just aren't necessary. "Use air plants that only require a small about of water and attention to green up any room," says White.

15. The pillows sold with the sofa. They are uniform and boring, "Buy different sized pillows and play with different colors and textures," says White.


15 Things You Should Never EVER Have In Your Home After 30

2. Temporary furniture. "Often I see people waiting to move into the 'forever home' before they begin to decorate, and until then, simply buy whatever is on sale to fill up the space," says designer Scot Meacham Wood. "But, by the age of 30, you should really be living intentionally&mdashinvest in some classic pieces that you can carry with you, but stop waiting."

3. TV Stands. "Be gone, TV stands that were purchased with your TV!" says Lauren Buxbaum and Sasha Adler, Design Directors at Nate Berkus Associates. "It's time to do something a little less functional and a little more decorative."

4. Art or posters taped to the wall without frames. "By 30 you should invest in custom framing," says designer Nicole Gibbons.

5. Florescent floor lamps. "They can be very unflattering," warns Buxbaum and Adler. "Incandescent and soft lighting floor lamps are just as accessible, but they're easier on the eyes, prettier in the space and do wonders for your complexion."

6. Bare wood floors and postage stamp size area rugs. Rugs ground a room and bring so much warmth and life to a space. "Instead of reaching for the quickest solution, reach for a rug that adds texture, color or pattern&mdashin the largest size your room can handle!" advise Buxbaum and Adler. "It's amazing how it can elevate the whole look of a room."

7. Cheap bedding. "Really, there's no good reason to have cheap bedding whatever your age might be," explains Wood. "But, once you hit your 30's, you should really be treating yourself better."

8. An unmade bed. "It takes 60 seconds in the morning to make up your bed and it starts off your day with an accomplished feeling," says designer Ryan White.

9. Plastic dishware and serving pieces. According to Buxbaum and Adler these just aren't necessary, "unless it's for the garden party."

10. Kitchy picture frames. Yes, the ones of you and your bestie that say best friends. "In your 30s its time to invest in timeless pieces that you'll carry with you forever," says Gibbons. "Think classic silver-plated frames or other styles that feel sophisticated and coordinate with your decor."

11. Accent Walls. "Rather than enhancing a space it feels like it does just the opposite," explains Buxbaum and Adler. "There are so many other ways to create a focal point and make a statement."

12. That collection of shot glasses from your college spring break adventures on display. "These are only ok if you're still in college AND live in a sorority or frat house!" says Gibbons.

13. An empty fireplace mantel or bookshelf. Use flowers, art and accessories to add drama to any surface, advises White. "Buy interesting and fun objects to dress up your storage spaces."

14. Fake plants or trees. Even if you don't have a green thumb these just aren't necessary. "Use air plants that only require a small about of water and attention to green up any room," says White.

15. The pillows sold with the sofa. They are uniform and boring, "Buy different sized pillows and play with different colors and textures," says White.


15 Things You Should Never EVER Have In Your Home After 30

2. Temporary furniture. "Often I see people waiting to move into the 'forever home' before they begin to decorate, and until then, simply buy whatever is on sale to fill up the space," says designer Scot Meacham Wood. "But, by the age of 30, you should really be living intentionally&mdashinvest in some classic pieces that you can carry with you, but stop waiting."

3. TV Stands. "Be gone, TV stands that were purchased with your TV!" says Lauren Buxbaum and Sasha Adler, Design Directors at Nate Berkus Associates. "It's time to do something a little less functional and a little more decorative."

4. Art or posters taped to the wall without frames. "By 30 you should invest in custom framing," says designer Nicole Gibbons.

5. Florescent floor lamps. "They can be very unflattering," warns Buxbaum and Adler. "Incandescent and soft lighting floor lamps are just as accessible, but they're easier on the eyes, prettier in the space and do wonders for your complexion."

6. Bare wood floors and postage stamp size area rugs. Rugs ground a room and bring so much warmth and life to a space. "Instead of reaching for the quickest solution, reach for a rug that adds texture, color or pattern&mdashin the largest size your room can handle!" advise Buxbaum and Adler. "It's amazing how it can elevate the whole look of a room."

7. Cheap bedding. "Really, there's no good reason to have cheap bedding whatever your age might be," explains Wood. "But, once you hit your 30's, you should really be treating yourself better."

8. An unmade bed. "It takes 60 seconds in the morning to make up your bed and it starts off your day with an accomplished feeling," says designer Ryan White.

9. Plastic dishware and serving pieces. According to Buxbaum and Adler these just aren't necessary, "unless it's for the garden party."

10. Kitchy picture frames. Yes, the ones of you and your bestie that say best friends. "In your 30s its time to invest in timeless pieces that you'll carry with you forever," says Gibbons. "Think classic silver-plated frames or other styles that feel sophisticated and coordinate with your decor."

11. Accent Walls. "Rather than enhancing a space it feels like it does just the opposite," explains Buxbaum and Adler. "There are so many other ways to create a focal point and make a statement."

12. That collection of shot glasses from your college spring break adventures on display. "These are only ok if you're still in college AND live in a sorority or frat house!" says Gibbons.

13. An empty fireplace mantel or bookshelf. Use flowers, art and accessories to add drama to any surface, advises White. "Buy interesting and fun objects to dress up your storage spaces."

14. Fake plants or trees. Even if you don't have a green thumb these just aren't necessary. "Use air plants that only require a small about of water and attention to green up any room," says White.

15. The pillows sold with the sofa. They are uniform and boring, "Buy different sized pillows and play with different colors and textures," says White.


15 Things You Should Never EVER Have In Your Home After 30

2. Temporary furniture. "Often I see people waiting to move into the 'forever home' before they begin to decorate, and until then, simply buy whatever is on sale to fill up the space," says designer Scot Meacham Wood. "But, by the age of 30, you should really be living intentionally&mdashinvest in some classic pieces that you can carry with you, but stop waiting."

3. TV Stands. "Be gone, TV stands that were purchased with your TV!" says Lauren Buxbaum and Sasha Adler, Design Directors at Nate Berkus Associates. "It's time to do something a little less functional and a little more decorative."

4. Art or posters taped to the wall without frames. "By 30 you should invest in custom framing," says designer Nicole Gibbons.

5. Florescent floor lamps. "They can be very unflattering," warns Buxbaum and Adler. "Incandescent and soft lighting floor lamps are just as accessible, but they're easier on the eyes, prettier in the space and do wonders for your complexion."

6. Bare wood floors and postage stamp size area rugs. Rugs ground a room and bring so much warmth and life to a space. "Instead of reaching for the quickest solution, reach for a rug that adds texture, color or pattern&mdashin the largest size your room can handle!" advise Buxbaum and Adler. "It's amazing how it can elevate the whole look of a room."

7. Cheap bedding. "Really, there's no good reason to have cheap bedding whatever your age might be," explains Wood. "But, once you hit your 30's, you should really be treating yourself better."

8. An unmade bed. "It takes 60 seconds in the morning to make up your bed and it starts off your day with an accomplished feeling," says designer Ryan White.

9. Plastic dishware and serving pieces. According to Buxbaum and Adler these just aren't necessary, "unless it's for the garden party."

10. Kitchy picture frames. Yes, the ones of you and your bestie that say best friends. "In your 30s its time to invest in timeless pieces that you'll carry with you forever," says Gibbons. "Think classic silver-plated frames or other styles that feel sophisticated and coordinate with your decor."

11. Accent Walls. "Rather than enhancing a space it feels like it does just the opposite," explains Buxbaum and Adler. "There are so many other ways to create a focal point and make a statement."

12. That collection of shot glasses from your college spring break adventures on display. "These are only ok if you're still in college AND live in a sorority or frat house!" says Gibbons.

13. An empty fireplace mantel or bookshelf. Use flowers, art and accessories to add drama to any surface, advises White. "Buy interesting and fun objects to dress up your storage spaces."

14. Fake plants or trees. Even if you don't have a green thumb these just aren't necessary. "Use air plants that only require a small about of water and attention to green up any room," says White.

15. The pillows sold with the sofa. They are uniform and boring, "Buy different sized pillows and play with different colors and textures," says White.