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.


DavidsTEA Nordic Tea Mugs


This ceramic mug comes with an infuser for easy steeping and the tight-fitting lid doubles as a coaster. As if that’s not enough, the heat sensitive design changes color to indicate the beverage is hot.

To buy: $23, davidstea.com.

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Redken Limited Edition Color Rebel Natural


Dream of highlights but can’t commit? These sponge applicators, which come in five subtle hues, are like makeup for hair. Sweep it on dry strands to deposit ink that won’t mar clothes and that washes out in three shampoos.

To buy: $20, ulta.com.

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This clever assistant goes the extra distance, calculating midpoints and memorizing your readings to take the guesswork out of handiwork.

To buy: $30, thegrommet.com.

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Fusion Performance Backrest


Specifically designed to keep you cool as you relax, this supportive backrest has ventilated panels to encourage airflow, while the special fabric wicks away heat. Side pockets offer storage for remote controls, snacks, and more.

To buy: $40, bedgear.com.

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Furniture Touch-Up Kit


Fast-drying markers, in five natural wood tones, make quick work of concealing furniture’s scratches and worn edges.

To buy: $10, containerstore.com.

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In this Tinder-inspired app, you’re swiping for sandwiches—not singles. Set filters (think dessert, seafood, vegetarian, and more), and then browse recipes one at a time. Swiping right stores your favorites to your “cookbook,” which is easily accessible whenever you’re ready to prep your next meal. 

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