Real Simple’s mission, through its 21 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. Get a fresh start to the new year with these tools for better snacking, cooking, moving, and more.

By Lauren Phillips
December 30, 2020
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New year, new hobbies: Take your sewing skills to the next step (or start developing them) with these colorful all-in-one kits. They’ll guide you through sewing your own face masks, a headband, a T-shirt, or another clothing project with patterns and guided video tutorials. (You can even pick your preferred fabric.) This young company is just getting off the ground, so its kits are exclusively available on Kickstarter’s backing platform through January 7 for expected March deliveries. If you’ve been wanting to get into sewing your own clothes, this could be your starting point.




For office workers, working from home will likely last a while longer. If you haven’t already, set up your space—and boost your productivity—with this compact monitor, which folds out to give you the second screen you’ve been missing without taking up precious space when not in use. (This one’s for you, small-space dwellers.)




Pair these soft, natural shearling inserts with a Tread Labs insole to instantly (and affordably) upgrade the warmth of your tried-and-true winter boots. Thanks to the insole, they offer all the support you need, plus plush warmth that defeats cold toes for good.




For neater snacking (and, someday, hosting), try this smart serving dish, which has an outer lip for holding your snack of choice—if that snack is olives or cherries—and a central, hollow cover to hide the pits. Olive fans know the visual horrors of a bowl of leftover pits: This neat, streamlined find eliminates the problem easily.




If the new year means a new attempt at meal prepping, turn to this smart kitchen tool for a better chance at long-term success. This pack of silicone dividers turns your sheet pan into a multi-ingredient cooker. You can add and remove ingredients as needed without risking burns and keep everything neatly divided (great if you have a vegetarian in a family of omnivores). They stack together for storage and eliminate the need for single-use parchment paper or foil, too.



A 2020 iPhone App of the Year pick by Apple, the free Wakeout! app encourages users to get up and take active breaks during the day. It has more than 1,000 exercises and routines to help get you moving (yes, even if you’re home all day) all day long to boost energy, focus, relaxation, and more—there are even Wind Down routines to help with pre-bedtime rituals.