6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 20 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. From travel-ready laundry detergent to an insulated (and attractive) tote, these items will keep you comfortable and prepared wherever life takes you.
After a yoga session (especially hot yoga), this tea tree and lavender scented spray can both refresh and clean a yoga mat, blocks, strap, and more. It contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, too, so your mat will actually be as clean as it smells.
To buy: $20; uncommongoods.com.
For longer trips, a load of laundry might be necessary—and these pre-portioned detergent packets turn any sink or tub into a washing machine. The detergent is carry-on friendly, it’s gentle enough for all fabrics (and sensitive hands), and a handwashed “load” takes only a few minutes.
To buy: $8; amazon.com.
This bikini top is specially designed for the well-endowed: Its no-dig band, soft straps, and full coverage can keep D-cups (and larger) in place and supported at the pool, beach, and more. Beyond its supportive features, the material helps smooth skin, dries quickly, and is machine washable, so it’s a top that will last.
To buy: $85; leftonfriday.com.
Carry beach treats, game snacks, picnic essentials, and more in secure style with this new lined tote, which offers the reliability and looks of a classic L.L. Bean boat bag with the insulation of your favorite cooler.
To buy: $60; llbean.com.
With no batteries or plugs necessary, this compact air freshener is designed to improve the smell of outlet-free spaces such as closets, entryways, stairwells, and more.
To buy: $3; target.com.
With Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android options, digital recipe manager Paprika makes collecting digital recipes a breeze. The built-in browser allows you to save and collect recipes from wherever you find them, and it will pull ingredients for grocery lists, plan out meal plans, and more. Special features (including a cross-off option, screen holding, and more) make the actual process of cooking easier, too. $5 to download.