6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Sponsored by Sherwin-WilliamsReal Simple’s mission, through its 16 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


Skewer Grilling Basket


This grilling basket holds four kebabs and locks to keep skewers in place. The handle extends up to 30 inches long to make it easy to cook over a grill or an open campfire (just be sure to wear an oven mitt!).

To buy: $14, uncommongoods.com.

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Travel Grid-It Organizer


Say goodbye to tangled headphones and chargers. This slim organizer easily fits in a carry-on, and keeps all of your electronics secured in one place.

To buy: $15, containerstore.com.

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Better Houseware Collapsible Tea Kettle


If space is tight, consider this collapsible tea kettle. It holds 40 ounces of liquid, and is made of stainless steel and silicon material to make cleaning a breeze.

To buy: $30, amazon.com.

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Copper Smartphone Projector


This portable device, which uses a smart phone to project video, makes camping trips and outdoor parties infinitely more fun. Because it's made from cardboard, the projector is lightweight and amplifies sound, too.

To buy: $30, urbanoutfitters.com.

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Hub Umbrella Stand


An easy fix for wet umbrellas resting in your entryway, this contemporary, water-resistant holder features both slots and hooks to keep umbrellas or every shape and size organized.

To buy: $50, umbra.com.

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Instead of writing down all those website logins or Wi-Fi passwords, secure your information with this free app. An automatic generator creates unique passwords and then stores them all in one convenient spot.

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