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.


Le Cou Dickies


Love the look of a collared shirt layered under a sweater, but can’t stand the extra bulk? May we suggest a dickey? Le Cou transforms the classic fashion accessory from frumpy to flattering with its crisp, luxe fabrics and feminine details, like ruffles and bows.

To buy: From $60 (Promo Code: LECOUXREAL for 35 percent off the Wakefield, from October 7-21, 2016) lecoulecou.com.

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BabyBum Glove-Saks


Keep number two contained (and off your hands) with these vinyl-and-latex-free gloves. Use them while wiping up baby’s business, then grab the diaper in the gloved hand and turn the whole thing inside-out. Just tie the special flaps on the opening and—voila!—a mess-free, secure sack.

To buy: $8, amazon.com.

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Phone Storage Workout Bottle


No more leaving your keys in the elliptical’s cup holder. This dishwasher-safe bottle keeps your essentials (dry, of course) in between two water compartments. There’s even a place to string your headphones through, so you can keep listening to that awesome pump-up playlist.

To buy: $20, uncommongoods.com.

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Barksbar Car Seat Cover


Protect your car’s back seat from a messy day at the dog park with this heavy-duty cover. The polyester hammock hangs over the front and back seats, keeping fur, dirt, and scratches from ruining the interior. Fido leave the mat a little too filthy? Just stick it in the washer, dry on gentle, and you’re good to go for your next adventure.

To buy: $20, amazon.com.

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Collar Perfect


Look professional on your next business trip—even if there’s no iron in your hotel room. This travel-sized iron quickly heats up to six different settings, so you can smooth out that collar that just won’t stay down. The clasp design makes it perfect for detailed touch-ups like collars, fabric between buttons, and pockets. The wings flip out like a traditional iron, just in case that Oxford got a little too wrinkly in your carry-on luggage.

To buy: $35, amazon.com.

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Get the hominess of Airbnb and the luxury of a hotel with Sonder. The new hospitality service promises to make your stay rival that of a top-rated hotel. All its stylish properties offer upscale amenities like kitchen and cooking essentials, toiletries, hotel-style towels, and high-speed Wi-Fi. Guests even have 24/7 access to a concierge. Right now, it’s available in six cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, San Diego, and Vancouver.

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