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.

1

Reusable Snack Bags

stasher-bag

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
2

Portable Chair

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
3

Hands-Free Soap Dispenser

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


4

Socks They Never Outgrow

sockling-socks

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
5

Next-Level Lunch Box

prepd-lunchbox

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
6

Beauty Pie

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