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.


Ninja Loop Phone Strap


Prevent shattered screens with this pretty, but strong wrist strap. It connects to your phone via a heavy duty adhesive that won’t leave residue when you choose to remove it. Want one that matches your favorite case? Straps are available in 19 different colors and patterns.

To buy: $5, phoneloops.com.

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Whiskware Batter Mixer


Love a good pancake breakfast on Sunday mornings, but hate all the work (and dirty dishes) involved? Just add your ingredients to this all-in-one batter bottle and shake. The bottle keeps dishes in check and the included stainless steel ball ensures a clump-free mixture, plus the pressure-release cap helps control the amount of batter when pouring. 

To buy: $15, whiskware.com.

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Conair Styling Essentials Bobby Pins


Can’t keep track of where all your bobby pins go? This purse-sized holder keeps them corralled and ready for your next updo.

To buy: $2, walmart.com.

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Elago Keyring Headphone Splitter


Let the tablet entertain both siblings on the long trek to grandma’s with this colorful, durable headphone splitter. The slim design attaches to your key ring—meaning quiet time is just a plug-in away.

To buy: $10, amazon.com.

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FRESHeTech Air-Lock Bag Resealer


Say goodbye to stale snacks with this innovative gadget. The device creates an airtight seal on open food bags using micro-thermal technology, so there’s no need for clips or rubber bands. It recharges via USB, too.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.

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My Finny


If you're worried about how much time your child spends on screens, My Finny is here to help. This free app prevents mindless scrolling, streaming, and game play by periodically interrupting with age-appropriate educational quizzes. Parents can pick which apps activate the quizzes, so they won’t pop up when your tween is actually using his or her tablet to read. 

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