6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 19 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.
These soft, seamless socks are made from Merino Wool for ultimate breathability and comfort. They’re also quick-wicking, fast-drying, and no-slip—and Darn Tough offers a lifetime guarantee against holes. Buy a pair of these (or several) and never deal with holey socks again.
To buy: $14; amazon.com.
Finally start a journaling habit—and stick to it—with this linen-bound journal, which includes weekly and monthly writing prompts, space for free-writing, habit trackers, and a spot to store a pen or pencil.
To buy: $35; bluesky.com.
Mince fresh herbs without crushing them with this clever roller, which glides over de-stemmed greens for instant mincing. The blades retract into the roller with a simple twist, too, so storage is safe and easy.
To buy: $15; chefn.com.
This meteorologist-designed umbrella can stand up against breaking, bending, and folding, repel water, and withstand winds of up to 55 miles per hour; it even connects to an app that can remind you to bring an umbrella.
To buy: $65; weathermanumbrella.com.
Appease picky eaters, limit post-meal clean-up, and even practice portion control with these plate dividers, which seal to plates and other surfaces to keep even runny foods from blending. Anyone who struggles to use a fork or spoon can use a Cubby as a wall to prevent off-plate spills, and the walls hold a half-cup, so eyeballing portion sizes is actually doable.
To buy: $15 for two dividers; amazon.com.
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