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. Save your brown sugar, travel in style, and wear a coat over and over again with these problem-solving items.

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Brown Sugar Bear Original Sugar Saver and Softener

Brown Sugar Bear Original Sugar Saver and Softener

Keep brown sugar soft—and usable—even when the air gets dry with this food-safe clay tool, which can maintain moisture in brown sugar for three to six months.

To buy: $5; amazon.com.

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Formé High Heel Shoe Stretcher

Formé High Heel Shoe Stretcher

Break in new shoes—sans blisters—with this adjustable stretcher, which can expand the width and toe box of your new (potentially uncomfortable) kicks without you having to take a step.

To buy: $49; thegrommet.com.

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Osprey Arcane Tote Pack

Osprey Arcane Tote Pack

It's a tote, it's a backpack, and it's your new go-to travel tool: This convertible tote pack is durable, with a ton of smart pockets, zippers, and straps to keep your gear (school, work, or travel) protected and you comfortable.

To buy: $110; rei.com.

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Supergoop Glowscreen SPF 40

Supergoop Glowscreen SPF 40
Courtesy of Supergoop

This latest skin protection from the sunscreen geniuses at Supergoop gives skin a dewy, glowing look—while offering SPF 40 protection. Layer with makeup or wear this sunscreen on its own: Either way, you'll have a fresh glow all day long.

To buy: $36; supergoop.com.

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Everlane Cotton Quilted Jacket

Everlane Cotton Quilted Jacket

This oversized jacket is warm, offers complete coverage, and has a lightweight, recycled polyester filling—plus it's machine-washable, so you can truly wear it whenever, wherever.

To buy: $98; everlane.com.

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Furniture rental company Fernish loans renters (or frequent redecorators) items from top home brands such as CB2 and Crate & Barrel at low monthly rates. Whether you need to fill a space just for a few months or you want more flexibility in your furnishings, renting high-end options may be the most affordable solution.

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