6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 15 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


e.l.f. Studio Mattifying Blotting Papers


These blotting papers come in a mirrored compact with a self-adhesive pouf that picks up each sheet so your fingers stay off your face. Dab your T-zone to remove oil and deposit a veil of powder.

To buy: $5 for 25, elfcosmetics.com.

Photo by Danny Kim

Eyeglass Anchor


The endless search for your spectacles is over. Hang readers (or shades) on this magnetic loop that attaches to your shirt and you'll always know exactly where they are.

To buy: $10, eyeloop.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Tug-free Hair Ties


Tired of elastics that grab and break your hair? Wrap one of these gentle ponytail holders in place, then snap it off to let your hair down.

To buy: $13 for five, snappee.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman


Super-Grip Clip


This next-generation carabiner, outfitted with a rubber hook, holds up to 50 pounds, so you can clasp or hang a purse, a bookbag, or even a bike from just about anywhere.

To buy: $20, lulabop.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Lightweight Laptop Charger


A handy companion for life on the go, this small power adapter boasts three outputs to juice up a computer, a phone, and a tablet simultaneously.

To buy: $100, gozolt.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Level Money


This money-tracking app paints a straightforward picture of your daily, weekly, and monthly finances. It gives you a daily spending limit—or how much money you can spend without going over budget—and easily syncs up with all of your bank accounts.

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