6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 17 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


Pocket Blanket


Keep this weighted, compact blanket in your bag this summer for any impromptu trips to the beach or park. It unfolds from a pouch smaller than an iPhone to a 19-square-foot blanket that fits four people sitting or two laying down.

To buy: $30; thegrommet.com.

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Get the style of your favorite wallpaper prints without the hassle. These removable, self-adhesive sheets are the perfect answer to zhushing up an apartment, dorm room, or any other place that needs a little flair.

To buy: Starting at $12 per square foot (minimum order four square feet); tempaperdesigns.com.

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Oven Rack Protector Shields


Prevent accidental forearm burns with these rack shields. Made from Nomex, the material used in firefighter’s suits, the strips can withstand heat up to 540 degrees Fahrenheit.

To buy: $10; amazon.com.

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Hanging Toothpaste Squeezer


Upgrade your standard tube roller with this space- and money-saving design. Its suctioned hook hangs on your bathroom tile or mirror—perfect for bathrooms with small cabinets or little counter space. And, of course, it makes sure you get every last squeeze out of your toothpaste tube.

To buy: $1.50; amazon.com.

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Wander Wet Bags


Keep your bathing suit from leaking into everything in your bag with these roomy, yet practical wet bags. Made with a cotton and waterproof interior lining, these stylish bags can also be used to protect your essentials from any incidental water damage at the beach or pool.

To buy: Starting from $30; wanderwetbags.com.

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Make the scholarship search easier with Scholly, an app that simplifies the education funding experience for college students. The opportunities aren’t just based on GPA, either—you’ll find awards for athletes, certain majors, students affected by divorce, ADHD, and other surprising scholarship niches.

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