A Silicone Lipstick Organizer—and More Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Fourth of July is over and we’re officially in peak summer mode. Take advantage of beach days with an absorbent towel that doubles as a game table. Take fresh fruit with you on the go (and keep it mush-free) with a portable colander. Compost those uneaten berries with plant-based bags. 

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Fruit Colander

fruit colander
uncommongoods.com

Berries tend to get squishy when they're sitting for a while—but this bummer of a fact is made way better by this colander. Pour your berries in and the liquid will drain from them throughout the day, keeping your snack plump and fresh.

Light Stick

portable lightstick
store.moma.org

This teeny tiny lithium battery-powered waterproof light comes in clutch for any nighttime activities. It fits securely on your jacket zipper or dog collar and keeps its charge for up to 10 hours of soft, ambient light.

Game Towel

game towel
sunnylife.com

A beach towel. For summer. Groundbreaking. No disrespect to Miranda Priestly but this beach towel actually is pretty exciting. Use it to dry off, of course, but when it's not soaking up salt water, it serves as a board game for checkers or backgammon.

Makeup Organizer

makeup organizer
etsy.com

Acrylic lipstick holders are pretty, but the moment you try putting a slightly longer lip gloss in there, they become useless. Swap to a silicone tray that will grip the products and keep all of your glosses, sticks, balms, and liners upright.

Compostable Bags

compostable bin bags
repurpose.com

These plant-based bags allow you to gather up waste without creating more trash. They're leak-proof and completely home compostable. Just toss them in your countertop compost bin.

Toy Storage Organizer

toy organizer
amazon.com

If you've ever stepped on a rogue Lego without shoes on, you know the dire consequences of leaving toys out all over the place. This bin makes toy cleanup quick and easy. It serves as a small storage ottoman when holding all of your kid's things, then when it's time to play, you pull out the nylon playmat and pour their toys out.

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