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. These helpful organizers can do everything from corral your shoe collection to partition drawers with style.

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Open Spaces Drawer Dividers

Open Spaces Drawer Dividers
getopenspaces.com

Any well-organized person knows the power of drawer dividers, but this option actually pairs the functionality we know and love with a great appearance: The solid white washed ash wood has an upscale feel, and the dividers have silicone stoppers on each end to protect the inside of your drawers.

To buy: $40 for two; getopenspaces.com.

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IKEA SAXBORGA Storage box with mirrored lid

IKEA SAXBORGA Storage box with mirrored lid
ikea.com

This portable bin has two inserts and 12 small compartments for storing all your beauty tools and daily routine essentials—it even has an included mirror, so you can do your makeup or grooming routine in the same place that you store your tools.

To buy: $20; ikea.com.

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Banca Shoe Bench

Banca Shoe Bench
rakkudesigns.com

Compact and dual-purpose, this bench has both a spot to sit and put your shoes on and storage space for as many as 10 pairs of shoes (depending on shoe height). It even has a cover that you can put over the shoes, keeping the whole family’s daily kicks accessible but out of sight.

To buy: $120; rakkudesigns.com.

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DJ x Coterie Magnolia Salad Plate

DJ x Coterie Magnolia Salad Plate
draperjames.com

This colorful result of a collaboration between Southern-inspired Draper James and party goods company Coterie is just the thing to dress up your next celebration. The plates are sturdy, so they’ll outlast the party, and they’re made of recyclable paper, so you can minimize your impact (and give your own dishes a break).

To buy: $5 for 10; draperjames.com.

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Optimus Carry On

Optimus Carry On
Consider this your new go-to suitcase: This suitcase is perfectly sized to fit in overhead compartments and has smart pockets and storage solutions to help you make the most of your packing space. The wheels are sturdy and reliable, great for everything from airport floors to city sidewalks, and the price is right, too. To buy: $100; optimusluggage.com.. optimusluggage.com

Consider this your new go-to suitcase: This suitcase is perfectly sized to fit in overhead compartments and has smart pockets and storage solutions to help you make the most of your packing space. The wheels are sturdy and reliable, great for everything from airport floors to city sidewalks, and the price is right, too.

To buy: $100; optimusluggage.com.

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Match Date Check-In

Match Date Check-In
Courtesy of match.com

For online daters, Match has a new Date Check-In feature that makes going on a first date a little safer. An in-app feature allows users to notify select friends or family of their date plans, so someone knows where they are and who they’re meeting—it even allows users to notify trusted contacts if they feel uncomfortable or unsafe on their date and want an easy exit strategy.

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