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.


Laundry Detergent Cup Caddy


The money you save while buying laundry detergent in bulk is a definite pro. But the con? That leaky push-button dispenser. This attachment prevents the mess by sitting under the container, collecting overflow detergent.When it gets too goopy just stick in the dishwasher to clean.

To Buy: $4; bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Kitchen Tower Organizer


Create more space in a small kitchen with this expandable steel organizer. Appliances fit neatly on the shelf, while everyday dishes and tools can be stacked on top. There are even hooks on the side to hang utensils or towels.

To Buy: $79; urbanoutfitters.com.

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Earbud Hooks


Transform your favorite headphones for exercise with these clever attachments. Secure the silicone hooks around your favorite buds to keep them in place while you run.

To Buy: $10; amazon.com.

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Overflow Drain Cover


This vinyl cap covers your overflow drain using suction cups, allowing you to fill the tub up to the top (and cover your entire body).

To Buy: $10; amazon.com.

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Computer Glasses


If you stare at a computer for most of the day, protect your eyes with these ultra-stylish glasses. The lenses deflect melatonin-reducing blue light and shield your eyes from UV rays. After trying them out for a week, we found that our eyes were significantly less tired at the end of the day. Available in prescription and non-prescription lenses.

To Buy: From $35; eyebuydirect.com.

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Bypass dressing room meltdowns with Kidbox, a seasonal shipment of children’s clothing. The boxes, sent five times a year, are specially curated to match your child’s style and size. Try on at home, keep what you like, and send back the rest. Like the whole box? You pay only $98. (For every box kept, Kidbox sends an outfit to a child in need.)

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