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.


File ‘N’ Peel Nail File


When this nail file wears down, don't chuck it. Instead, peel the top layer off to reveal a fresh surface underneath. It holds three files in one durable, floral-printed board.

To buy: $5, target.com.

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Superfoods Tablet


No time to shop, chop, or blend? Plop a nutrient-rich supplement (featuring spinach, kale, and six other vegetables) into water for instant green juice. Tasty, too.

To buy: $13, 8greens.com.

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Clear Heel Protectors


Don't let nicks send your pumps into early retirement. Stick these virtually invisible scratch guards on the backs to hid (and prevent) scuffs.

To buy: $18.50, nordstrom.com.

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Dimmable Bulb


It's like installing a dimmer switch on any fixture. Just flick the on-off switch to vary the brightness of the long-lasting LED Nanoleaf Bloom.

To buy: $40, nanoleaf.me.

Photo by nanoleaf.me

Easy-Close Oxford


Limited mobility (from arthritis, say) shouldn't limit style. This magnetic-closure shirt takes the difficulty out of buttoning up.

To buy: $65, magnaready.com.

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Wine Guide for Beginners


If you're clueless when it comes to picking out wine, this free app will point you in the right direction. Thanks to a variety of details including price, region, and tasting notes, the app makes it easy to select the perfect bottle.

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