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.

1

Le Cou Dickies

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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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2

BabyBum Glove-Saks

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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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3

Phone Storage Workout Bottle

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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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4

Barksbar Car Seat Cover

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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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5

Collar Perfect

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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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6

Sonder

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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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