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.


Full Circle Tiny Team Mini Brush and Dustpan Set


When your broom leaves those hard-to-reach bread crumbs behind, use this tiny set to get the job done. The rubber lip on the dustpan ensures a spotless sweep, and the two parts fit securely together for easy storage.

To buy: $11, amazon.com.

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If you’re headed to the pool, protect electronics, like cell phones or smart car keys, by slipping them into this waterproof bag first. The clear packaging lets you see—and even use—the device while it’s in the bag.

To buy: $11, rei.com.

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Multi Hammer Tool


Whether a screw has come loose or a picture needs to be hung, this multi-functional tool will get the job done—and keep your tool kit light.

To buy: $20, amazon.com.

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TreStique Blush Stick


Save room in your makeup bag with a two-sided stick that has a cream-gel blush on one end and a blending contour brush on the other. The stick seals shut magnetically, so you don't have to worry about the losing the cap.

To buy: $34, trestique.com.

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Double Cooler


Kick off tailgating season in a big way with a seven-gallon cooler that keeps drinks chilled without diluting them as ice melts. A center compartment keeps the ice separate from the beverage dispenser.

To buy: $93, amazon.com.

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This free app syncs data from apps you already use (think Fitbit, Google calendar, the weather app, and more) so you can keep track of life’s important numbers—steps, stock prices, temperature, and more—all in one place. Customized notifications ensure you’re always up to date.

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