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.

1

Duck Brand Dry-Erase Tape

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Wondering how old those leftovers are? Or if the pots in the dishwasher are clean or dirty? Stick this reusable tape on nearly anything and update it in a flash.

To buy: $3, walmart.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman
2

Invisibobble The Traceless Hair Ring

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No matter how thin or how thick your hair, phone-cord-ish Invisibobbles grip it firmly without causing breakage, leaving an indent, or slipping. And hello? They’re really cute.

To buy: $8 for three, urbanoutfitters.com.

Photo by Jens Mortensen
3

Liquid Palisade by Kiesque

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Before polishing your nails, trace your cuticles with this paint-on protector. Once dry, it forms a barrier that peels off post-mani, revealing the work of a steady hand.

To buy: $22, amazon.com.

Photo by Jens Mortensen


4

Divided Laundry Bag

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Go to the dark side—and the light side—with this easy-tote sack that lets you sort as you fill. Great for dorm dwellers.

To buy: $15, justsolutionsproducts.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman
5

The Renegade Broom

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Get into the groove (of your deck, that is) during fall cleanup. The curved bristles on this handy sweeper make it easy to tackle pesky nooks and crannies.

To buy: $31, thehandycamel.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman
6

Price Patrol

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This GPS-based shopping app lets users search the real-time price and availability of nearby or online products—then purchase the items directly within the app. If you're waiting for a price to drop, the app while notify you when the item goes on sale.

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