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. Practice healthier habits in 2020 with this on-the-go foam roller, a positive record of your life, and more.
Ostrich Pillow Mini
This packable, portable pillow makes napping on the go—especially in a bus, train, or plane—actually comfortable. Simply slide your hand into the pocket for a plush pillow perfectly sized to support your head against the side of the plane or a window: You’ll never have a sleepless red eye again.
To buy: $40; amazon.com.
Reusable Bowl Covers
For a no-frills plastic wrap alternative, turn to these 100 percent cotton covers. The elastic edging allows them to fit easily over bowls or dishes of various sizes to cover fruits, cut veggies, baked goods, and the like, and the simple designs won’t embarrass you if you leave them out on the counter.
To buy: $40 for three; uncommongoods.com.
Brooks Running Dare Crossback Run Bra
You’ve never met a running bra as smart as this one. Its crossback straps and built-in molded cups promise plenty of support, no matter how far you’re running. The integrated bottom band is smooth and chafe-free, and, best of all, smart ventilation at the sternum offers airflow over your chest, so your skin all over can breathe while you sweat it out.
To buy: $60; brooksrunning.com.
Artifact Uprising Scrapbook Album: The Stories We Tell
For a personalized record of your year that feels custom (without the price tag), try this bound scrapbook, which has prompts, pockets, and add-ons that let you tell your story however you choose. The best part is that you don’t need to run out to pick up tons of extra supplies to do it (unless you want to, of course).
To buy: From $119; artifactuprising.com.
Mobot Firecracker 18-Ounce Foam Roller Water Bottle
Multitask on your fitness goals with this two-in-one bottle. The container lets you stay hydrated, and the foam-roller casing lets you loosen tight muscles and recover more quickly from a workout. This combo is especially good for those constantly on the go—you’ll never be caught without a roller in the case of a muscle cramp again.
To buy: $40; nordstrom.com.
A cash gift doesn’t have to feel lazy or impersonal, especially now that GiftCast is here to give it a little pizzazz. The app allows you to send money—paying with a card or through a bank transfer—to friends, family, and more with an accompanying video. You can wish long-distance loved ones a special day in your self-recorded video, and the monetary gift will go straight to their bank account for them to spend as they like.