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.


Beer Greetings ‘Thanks’ Six Pack Greeting Card Box


In need of a last-minute hostess gift? Just grab your favorite six pack (or a mix of local brews), and let this fun carrying case help express your gratitude.

To buy: $4, beergreetings.com.

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Cocktail Muddler Straws


These colorful straws are for more than just sipping—they also grind ingredients (think fresh fruit for margaritas or mint for mojitos) and stir drinks, so you can make fresh summer cocktails without access to bar tools.

To buy: $8, mastrad.com.

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Baublerella’s Bling Brush


With this jewelry cleaner tucked in your purse, you’ll always have a stunning sparkler. Simply swipe the brush over diamonds or fashion jewelry and give it a quick rinse for an instant clean—no matter where you are. Last for up to 100 uses.

To buy: $18, baublerella.com.

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Tea Light Tool


When candles are too hot to touch, use this handy device to move mood lighting from spot to spot. The tool blows out the flame and sharpens the wick, too.

To buy: $20, uncommongoods.com.

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Chef’n SteamSum Stacking Steamer


This smartly designed steamer makes it a cinch to cook two (healthy) dishes at once—even in the microwave. Fill one layer with protein—like fish—and the other with vegetables, dumplings, and more.

To buy: $40, surlatable.com.

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Signed, sealed, and delivered—all within one app! Simply pen your note and robots will handwrite your message inside the card of your choice, stamp it, and send it off to the lucky recipient.

To buy: From $3.50 (including shipping, itunes.com.

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