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.


Wireless Bluetooth Receiver


Upgrading your speaker system has never been easier. This clever gadget turns any old speaker into one that's Bluetooth enabled. Simply attach it to your system via A/V, RCA, or 3.5mm jack input, pair with your smartphone or tablet, and you’re ready to stream.

To buy: $19, amazon.com.

Photo by amazon.com

Skinfood Gummy Bear Jelly Clean Gel


This Korean import is a fast-absorbing, nondrying hand sanitizer with citrus extracts to help brighten brown spots. The bears come in kiwi, pineapple, apple, raspberry, and orange. Fighting germs fast has never been sweeter.

To buy: $8, beauteque.com.

Photo by beauteque.com

Herb Saver


This slim container holds leftover herb stems upright in water, keeping them fresh and usable for up to three weeks.

To buy: $23, amazon.com.

Photo by amazon.com


Magnetic Spice Rack


Keep your most-loved spices at the ready with this spice rack. Attach on a fridge door or other metal surface to free up precious cabinet space. Holds up to 1.1 pounds.

To buy: $17, urbanoutfitters.com.

Photo by urbanoutfitters.com

Portable Aluminum Bag Hook


Hook this nifty tool to a keychain and always have a place to hang a bag. The aluminum hook slides over the edge of a table and uses the weight of a bag (up to 100 pounds) to stay in place, keeping belongings off dirty floors and within sight.

To buy: $20, amazon.com.

Photo by amazon.com



Looking to give back to your community, but don’t know where to start? Try Golden, a free app that simplifies lending a hand to local organizations. Find one-time opportunities that fit your schedule, read reviews from former volunteers, and find new organizations that sync with your interests. Helm an organization yourself? Use the app to recruit, maintain, and grow your volunteer base.

Photo by goldenvolunteer.com