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.


Easy Bracelet Fastener


Have struggles with clasps cramped your fashion style? Get back to wearing those beautiful bracelets with this smart gadget. It holds the bracelet steady for you, so you can secure with ease.

To Buy: $20; thegrommet.com.

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Pickle Pipes


You’ve mastered quick pickles. Now it's time to experiment. Skirt any unexpected issues (i.e. exploding jars and mold) by securing your mason jars with these handy silicone tops. They let the natural co2 escape and keep any excess oxygen out, so only gut-healthy bacteria remains.

To Buy: $22; amazon.com.

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Cupcake Scoop


Promised you’d bake cupcakes for the entire class? Make sure everyone gets an equal-sized portion with this clever scoop. It measures out the perfect amount of batter, then a simple push plops the dough into the liner—mess free.

To Buy: $9; williams-sonoma.com.

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Air Mattress Straps


Treat guests to a more comfortable air bed with these straps. They hold fitted sheets snug to the mattress, so they won’t scrunch or lift up while you sleep.

To Buy: $10; bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Reusable Lint Roller


The ever-sticky roller picks up crumbs, lint, and pet hair just as well a sheet-based one, but rinses clean with some soap and water.

To Buy: $11; amazon.com.

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Increase your fitness levels with this fun (and free!) app that’s just like Words With Friends, but for walking. BattleSteps matches you with a different challenger (at a similar activity level) each day to see who can crank out the most steps.

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