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. Find more space in your kitchen, your car, your work bag, and more with these editor-approved items.
OXO Etched Two-Fold Grater
With two versatile grater sizes, this kitchen tool can tackle any grating job, but its greatest feature may be its size: When you’re finished, the grater folds flat, so you can tuck it in a drawer or shelf where no other grater has gone before.
To buy: $20; oxo.com.
Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother
Fight humidity (and the frizzy flyaways it brings) with this lightweight cream, which applies easily to wet hair pre–blow drying to both smooth your locks and protect them against humidity-induced curling for up to 12 hours.
To buy: $26; aveda.com.
Grey Gadget Case
Corral chargers, cords, portable batteries, and more in this low-key tech pouch. It has pockets and loops for keeping everything in-place and untangled, and an easy-carry handle for taking tech on the go; digital nomads and coffee-shop regulars might consider it a must-have for their tools of the trade.
To buy: $25; containerstore.com.
Toolaloo Shopping Bag Hook Multitool
Make your quest for more sustainable grocery shopping a touch easier with this multitool, which holds your reusable grocery bags in a spot that’s both out of the way and clearly visible. (It even has a cup holder attachment for your shopping cart.) Hang your bags off the edge of your cart or from a spot in your car where you won’t forget them; you’ll never forget to use your reusable bags again.
To buy: $23; thegrommet.com.
Five Two Stackable Glassware
This Italian-made glassware has the sleek appearance of cocktail glasses but the durability of your go-to water glasses, thanks to the tempered glass material. They’re stackable, too, so you can fit a whole set in even the smallest cabinet space.
To buy: From $30; food52.com.
If you struggle to stay adequately hydrated throughout the day, let an app do the work for you. WaterMinder offers a place for you to track your liquid intake; the app will even send reminders to help keep you on track. For Apple Watch users, the paired app makes it even easier to log your hydration and see how close you are to your goal.