6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple's mission, through its 16 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.

1

Mosquitno Ankle Bands

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Perfect for backyard picnics and camping trips, these deet-free ankle bands, which adjust to fit both kids and adults, repel mosquitos for up to 120 hours.

To buy: $4, mosquitnoband.com.

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2

CordCruncher

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Instead of pulling knotted headphones out of pockets and backpacks, use this sleeve to keep them permanently de-tangled. The cruncher expands from 16 inches to 40 inches.

To buy: $30, cordcruncher.com.

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3

Portable Travel Lock Box Safe

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Whether you're on a crowded beach or staying in a hotel, this portable safe will keep your valuables (phone, keys, passport) secure.

To buy: $40, amazon.com.

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4

Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker

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No ice cream maker? No problem! When you're craving a scoop in the heat of the summer, pull this bowl out of the freezer, pour in your ingredients, and watch as it freezes into ice cream in mere seconds.

To buy: $50, williams-sonoma.com.

Photo by Chef'n
5

Beer Chilling Coaster Set

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These stone coasters chill in the fridge to keep beers cold as you leisurely sip. Each one is made from a different variety of granite to help guests keep tabs on their drinks. 

To buy: $68, uncommongoods.com. 


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6

Hopper

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Anyone making summer travel plans will want to download this free airfare prediction app. Hopper analyzes flight prices daily, and then notifies you when the price is right.

Photo by Hopper