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.


Rechargeable Handwarmer


Keep your hands nice and toasty while caroling, holiday shopping, or even skiing with this rechargeable hand warmer. A single USB charge provides heat for up to five hours.

To buy: $25, shopspring.com.

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Space Saving Spice Carousel


This compact, easy-to-spin rack gives you 16 spices in fewer than 25 square inches of counter space. Not too fond of a certain standard spice? Blank labels allow you to swap in your favorite.

To buy: $50, uncommongoods.com.

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Cracker Container


Keep your afternoon snack from crumbling in your workbag with this portioned container. It has has one snug compartment for crackers, and another for spreads or cheese. There’s even an integrated spreader, so you won't have to search your desk for a knife.

To buy: $3, containerstore.com.

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Adjustable Bungee Cord


To streamline your tool shed (or trunk), swap out all those bungee cords for one that can be adjusted according to your needs. The durable cord extends from six inches to up to six feet, and won't tangle either.

To buy: $17 for two, amazon.com.

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Silicone Beer Savers


Can’t finish that 22-ounce bomber in one sitting? Pull one of these caps over the lid and stick it in the fridge. The silicone keeps in the carbonation, so your beverage will still be fresh and fizzy when you’re ready to drink it again.

To buy: $7 for six, amazon.com.

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Make exchanging wish lists easier this holiday season (and for birthdays, graduations, weddings, and other gift-giving events, too) by signing up for Whilo. Save links to your favorite items, then send that list to friends and family through the app or via a shareable link—they can buy right from the page, even if they don’t download the app. (You can see some of Real Simple's favorite holiday gifts in the app, too!)

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