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.


Reusable Snack Bags


These 100 percent silicone, BPA-free wonders are dishwasher-, freezer-, and heat-safe. Store snacks or sous vide broccoli (really!), or use one to protect your phone from sand at the beach.

To buy: From $10; stasherbag.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Portable Chair


Take a load off—anywhere! This compact, 1½-pound travel stool extends from 25 to 33 inches, making sitting comfortable for people of all heights. When not in use, it collapses to the size of a water bottle.

To buy: $40; amazon.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Hands-Free Soap Dispenser


Sleek and stainless, this rechargeable version has a motion sensor that dispenses suds at the flick of a wrist. Even better, the soap cartridge system means no more messy refilling.

To buy: Soap dispenser, $50; refills, $7 each; simplehuman.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman


Socks They Never Outgrow


This cotton-Lycra pair features a special cuff to prevent rolling or sliding. And get this: They fit as thigh-highs on babies, knee-highs on toddlers, and crew socks on teens.

To buy: $15; socklingssocks.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Next-Level Lunch Box


Streamline your brown-bag routine with this slim bamboo carryall. It has three leakproof containers, reusable chopsticks, and a coordinating app (for iOS and Android) offering healthy recipes.

To buy: $69; getprepd.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Beauty Pie


Calling all beauty junkies: Beauty Pie memberships offer designer-quality makeup sourced from the world's top labs at factory prices (think $2.40 for lipstick). It only costs $10 per month, plus product costs.

Photo by beautypie.com