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.


Brita Water Filter


This update on the standard Brita filters while you’re pouring—rather than when you refill—so you'll always have a full pitcher in the fridge.

To buy: $30; amazon.com.

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Pocket Bike Pump


Don’t let an unexpected bump derail your ride—at fewer than five inches long, this tire pump fits in your pocket (or bag).

To buy: $28; uncommongoods.com.

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Float Utensil Holder


Clear up counter space with this floating utensil holder. Affix it under your cabinet and place your flippers and spoons in its grippers for easy storing.

To buy: $15; amazon.com.

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Pull’n Slice Mandoline


Swore off julienne salads after too many close calls with the mandolin? This update makes the process safer by using a pull method to thinly slice any size produce—from radishes to potatoes. It all lands in a container to keep cleanup easy, too.

To buy: $35; surlatable.com.

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The Grate Taco Cheese Grater


Say “Yes, please!” to more cheese with this taco-inspired grater. Shred your favorite variety against the wide perforations—the cheese will stay contained in the shell until you’re ready to dump it into your quesadilla or pasta.

To buy: $10; urbanoutfitters.com.

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Easy Riser


Never be late to work again due to bad traffic or weather. Easy Riser, a free smart alarm clock app, checks alerts in your area while you're sleeping. If your commute is delayed, it will adjust to wake you up just a bit earlier.

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