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.


Kid Zinger Water Bottle


Encourage your kids to drink more water at lunchtime by swapping a juice box for this. Simply unscrew the bottom of this shatterproof 16-ounce water bottle, place fruit inside, and twist back and forth to infuse water with fresh flavor.

To buy: $13, containerstore.com.

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Stackable Ice Tray Set


Save space in a full freezer—and add flair cool drinks—with this set of stackable ice cube trays. Four color-coded trays feature different sized ice cubes, including a long, skinny version that’s thin enough to fit inside water bottles.

To buy: $15, uncommongoods.com.

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Sagaform BBQ Skewer


Thread meat, fish, or veggies (or all three!) onto this stainless steel skewer to make a barbecue dinner quick work. With one turn of the wrist, you can flip all of your food at once to ensure an even char.

To buy: $16, nordstrom.com.

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Tandem New York Skirt Weight


If you ride your bike to work, this smart accessory is indispensible. The weighted clip attaches to your skirt’s hemline to prevent it from flying up as you ride. It also keeps wide-hemmed pants and billowy tops in check.

To buy: $18, tandemny.com.

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Bamboo Bunk Bed Shelf


If your college student claimed the top bunk (or lofted his bed), this floating, adjustable shelf mimics a nightstand. It attaches easily to the bed frame (no assembly required) and holds up to 25 pounds.

To buy: $25, bedbathandbeyond.com.

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