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.


Rice and Grains Washing Colander


The small, square holes of this sturdy colander ensure rice and quinoa won't fall through while rinsing. Additional drainage holes in the spout remove any excess water.

To buy: $12, amazon.com.

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Roo Gardening Apron


Whether harvesting veggies or simply pulling weeds, this canvas cotton apron will help you collect and transport them. Two additional pockets store tools, gloves, and more, while adjustable straps make for a comfortable fit.

To buy: $33, rooapron.com.

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Rabbit Manual Ice Crusher


The perfect bar accessory for spring entertaining, this retro machine manually crushes ice in just two minutes. Simply place ice cubes over the grinder, then turn the handle to create crushed ice. Serve with fresh lemonade or homemade margaritas.

To buy: $40, crateandbarrel.com.

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C by GE Lightbulbs


These LED light bulbs, which are optimized for daytime (C-Life) and nighttime (C-Sleep), can be dimmed and brightened straight from your smartphone. Create and save custom lighting preferences for everyday activities, such as "homework time," or "after-dinner television." The C-Sleep bulbs sync to your personal circadian rhythms, ensuring you'll sleep soundly.

To buy: $70 for a pack of four, cbyge.com.

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Polar Balance Scale


After stepping on the scale and setting a personal weight goal, this device provides you with a suggested amount of daily activity. The scale wirelessly syncs to an accompanying mobile app, which allows you to track progress. Can be used by up to 10 people.

To buy: $100, polar.com.

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Designed to help you become a better public speaker, this app trains you to use fewer filler words ('um,' 'right,' 'like'). Simply talk into the app to determine how often you use those words (and which ones!) to improve your public speaking skills.

To buy: $1, itunes.com.

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