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.


Table in a Bag


Why sit on the hard floor while dining al fresco if you can use this handy table instead? The low profile mahogany tabletop rolls up and fits into a slim and chic charcoal canvas bag. Keep it in your car with a couple of outdoor pillows this summer so you’re always prepared for a spontaneous picnic.

To buy: $60; crateandbarrel.com.

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Avantree Handy Keychain


Don’t let a dead phone ruin your day (or your plans.) Carry this non-obtrusive lightning cable keychain so you’ll always have a plug with you.

To buy: $14; amazon.com.

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Washing Machine Cleaner


Your washing machine’s dark, moist interior provides the perfect environment for mold and bacteria to thrive. Use this natural, planet-conscious cleaner (developed by Real Simple!) to remove build-up and keep your laundry smelling great.

To buy: $7; realsimpleclean.com

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Cuddle Baby Food Scissor


These food scissors will make dinner just a little easier for parents of young children. Close them to mash fruits and vegetables for babies, or open to snip food into perfectly bite-sized pieces for toddlers. There are no sharp blades, so an older sibling can help out at dinnertime. Going out to dinner? It comes with a travel case, too.

To buy: $10; amazon.com.

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Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets


Run a wipe over dry hair to eliminate frizz and flyaways ASAP.

To buy: $18 for 15 sheets; birchbox.com.

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Hubble Contacts


Want the flexibility and comfort of daily contact lenses without having to shell out the money? Try Hubble, a service that ships a new box of high-quality lenses to your home every month for only $30. Want to test them first? Try the service out for a month—you’ll only pay $3 for shipping and handling.

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