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.


Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jar With Sip and Straw Lids


Transform any wide-mouth mason jar into a spill-free vessel for sipping smoothies, iced tea, and more. The plastic lids and straws come in a variety of colors.

To buy: $7, amazon.com.

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Cool-It Caddy’s Icepops


If you’re pounding the pavement in the summer sun, store your beauty products in this fully insulated accessory bag to prevent makeup from becoming a melted mess. Just pop the bag in the freezer before transport.

To buy: $25, cool-itcaddy.com.

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Collapsible Colander


Whether you’re straining hot pasta or washing fruits and veggies, this collapsible colander expands across the sink to help you do it with ease.

To buy: $27, crateandbarrel.com.

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Scrabble Lights


Upgrade that plastic birthday banner with one you can use year after year: This string of ten tiles (they resemble Scrabble letters!) comes with 60 reusable stickers, so you can craft the perfect sign for any celebration.

To buy: $31, firebox.com.

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IceMule Cooler


Perfect for hiking trips or tailgating, this soft, portable cooler doubles as a backpack for easy transport—and it keeps your drinks cold for up to 24 hours.

To buy: From $40, amazon.com.

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With wedding season comes the task of picking out a gift—which can be difficult when registry items are outside your budget. The good news? You can use this website to seamlessly split the cost of that stand mixer with friends. Simply sign up to start an online campaign that participants can contribute to.

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