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.


Culinary Parchment Tulip Cups


Give ordinary cupcakes a professional upgrade with nonstick parchment cups that feature pretty petal tips. They're perfect for parties or potlucks—and clean up is a breeze.

To buy: $6 for 12, amazon.com.

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Conair Battery Operated Fabric Defuzzer


Safely shave away pills, fuzz, and lint with this battery-operated defuzzer to keep your favorite sweaters looking brand new. The tool adjusts to accommodate various fabrics, and a detachable collector makes for speedy clean-up.

To buy: $13, amazon.com.

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Contigo’s Ultimate Party Cup


A must-have during tailgating season (and a serious upgrade from the plastic variety), this vacuum-insulated cup keeps drinks chilled for up to eight hours. The stainless steel material prevents the exterior from sweating, so your hands stay dry.

To buy: $13, amazon.com.

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Architec Swipe Counter Wiper


Cooking for a crowd right up until they arrive? Quickly clean up both dry and wet messes—cake crumbs, water spills, and more—with this reusable squeegee.

To buy: 13, amazon.com.

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Handbag Raincoat


Protect your purse from rain, sleet, and snow with a water-repellant cover that slips over your bag and seals shut. It's designed to fit over most briefcases as well.

To buy: $25, thegrommet.com.

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