Real Simple’s mission, through its 20 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. Pick up a water-generating planter, a protective eye cream, and a chic lunch bag for a fresher 2020.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated January 03, 2020
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This strainer keeps food out of your kitchen drain, sure, but its best feature is its flexible plastic material: When it’s time to empty the strainer, you can squeeze everything out of it, keeping your hands cleaner—no scraping necessary.

To buy: $13 for two;



This new, daily-wear eye cream offers SPF, blue light protection, and brightening power for the delicate under-eye area. Apply every day for eyes that look less tired and puffy after just one step.

To buy: $36;



For office plants (or forgetful plant parents), this planter is a lifesaver. It condenses water from the air, so the plant is well hydrated, even if you forget to add water for a few days (or weeks). The planter has different settings, too, so you can make sure everything from succulents to leafy green plants gets the water it needs.

To buy: $50;



Made out of an enhanced (and sustainable) paper product, this lined lunch bag will keep your food cool and spill-free. Brown-bagging it has never looked so good.

To buy: From $14;



Protect your precious smart watch with this sleek, strong case, which offers the same guard against cracks as your trusty OtterBox phone case without obscuring the watch screen.

To buy: $30;



A new version of the project management software, Basecamp Personal offers free chatting, scheduling, and list-making services to help households, volunteer programs, community sports teams, and more run more smoothly.