6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 15 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


F'lint Retractable Lint Roller


Traditional lint rollers are too bulky for travel, but this portable version slides easily into a purse. The retractable design keeps the sheets from drying out or sticking to the other contents of your purse.

To buy: $7, thegrommet.com.

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Kikkerland Clothespin Bike Light


This clip-on bike light will help keep you safe on nighttime rides—no fancy gear required. It easily attaches to most handlebars, and shines a bright, long-lasting light to alert drivers.

To buy: $8, amazon.com.

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Red Wine Stain Remover


This all-natural spray (designed to mimic a wine bottle) works quickly to remove tough stains, including red wine, berries, and blood. For best results, spray on fresh stains before they've seeped into the fabric.

To buy: $9, thegrommet.com.

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Chef'n SaladShears Lettuce Chopper


You don't have to buy lunch to get a chopped salad. This kitchen tool lets you cut, shear, and chop without wilting the greens, and its compact size means you can chop straight in the serving bowl.

To buy: $10, amazon.com.

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Waterproof Journal


No matter what adventures you have planned in 2016, this journal ensures you won't miss a beat. Jot your thoughts down poolside, by the ocean, or even in the pouring rain.

To buy: $20, urbanoutfitters.com.

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Designed to help you keep your health-related resolutions, this free app rewards you with prizes when you log healthy activities (go for a run, choose water over soda). You can then spend your coins on a variety of rewards, from workout gear to gym classes.

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