6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 16 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


Chef'n Bramble Berry Basket


These containers may look like the berry baskets you get at the farmer's market, but this variety does so much more: The reusable, stackable cartons double as a colander for easy rinsing. A secure lid makes storing and transporting easy, too.

To buy: $9, amazon.com.

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Smart Flare Emergency Lights


Tuck these battery-powered lights in your trunk just in case. The set can be used as lanterns, flashlights, or flares in emergency situations. A magnetic base keeps the lights securely in place.

To buy: $40, homedepot.com.

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The Brush Guard Variety Pack in Graphite


Prevent makeup-brush bristles from fraying with these brush guards. Slip the stretchy, breathable polyester tube onto brushes before tossing them into your bag or after washing to reshape.

To buy: $13 for six, thebrushguard.com.

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The straw on this sippy cup is weighted, so children as young as nine months can drink from a straw without spilling. The cup holds 10 ounces of liquid, comes in six different colors, and even includes a cleaning brush.

To buy: $16, amazon.com.

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Tine Tag


Jazz up a traditional handwritten note with these modern tags. Simply place one inside a card or atop gift wrap, record a video message with the compatible smartphone app, and the receiver can then view your additional greeting by scanning the sticker.

To buy: $10 for 10, shop.tinetag.com.

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When the kids are outgrowing their clothes at lightening speed, soften the financial blow by selling any that no longer fit. With this free app, it's easy to create free listings and resell the clothing items you no longer need. Once your items sells, you'll receive a pre-paid shipping label. Use your earnings to buy from others—or cash out.

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