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.


High Altitude Flight Bag


Even the most organized people can fall to pieces when traveling. But you can conquer the pesky personal item shuffle with this bag that straps onto an airplane or train tray. It has designated compartments for pens, passports, devices, business cards, headphones, magazines and laptops, yet its slim profile means it won’t take up any of your already limited space.

To buy: $64; uncommongoods.com.

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Lynk U-Shape Under Sink Drawer


Use every square inch of the cabinet below your sink with this sleek wraparound shelf. Its pullout rack means no more stretching to reach that rogue hairspray bottle.

To buy: $79; containerstore.com.

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chewbeads CB Go Silicone Wipes Clutch Pink


When kids are around, messes are inevitable. Conquer spills when they come with this lightweight clutch. It stores 30 wipes, as well as all other on-the-go essentials. Clutch itself getting a little sticky? The 100-percent silicone material is easy to clean.

To buy: $28; bedbathandbeyond.com.

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This clever kickstand adheres to the back of your phone and, well, basically does everything: it's a headphone wrap, viewing stand, and a grip perfectly sized for small hands. The best part? It pops back in when not in use to maintain a non-obtrusive profile.

To buy: $10; amazon.com.

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Plastic frames just can’t seem to stay on your sniffer? Rub some of this non-comedogenic beeswax on the bridge of your classes to prevent unwanted sliding. It fits in your pocket like a tube of Chapstick, so you’ll have it when things get slippery.

To buy: $11; amazon.com.

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This screen-free meditation app uses your phone’s accelerometer to focus on your body’s movements. Just plug in your headphones and Sway will guide you to sustain gentle motion, relaxing your body and mind.

To buy: $3; itunes.apple.com.

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