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.


Invisibobble 'Nano' Hair Tie


Known for its ability to hold a ponytail in place without snagging, leaving a kink, or causing a headache, the Invisibobble now comes in Nano size, ideal for securing skinny sections of hair (like the end of a braid).

To buy: $7 for three, nordstrom.com.

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Pop Fold Detangling Hair Brush


Travel brushes tend to have a tiny head suited for a baby doll. Wet Brush Pop Fold is the same size as the cult-favorite original (which painlessly detangles wet hair) but folds up, using only half the space.

To buy: $13, thewetbrush.com.

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Stress-Free First Aid


Calmly handle any mishap: All the emergency essentials (the basics plus good-to-have extras, like sting-relief wipes and eyewash) are included. Game-changing bonus: How-to instructions printed inside the lid.

To buy: $70, macgillfirstaidkit.com.

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High-Performance Pants


These compression tights have resistance bands incorporated into the fabric, so you feel the burn in your pivotal muscles while spinning, running, or simply walking.

To buy: $125, physiclo.com.

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Easy-Access Phone Storage


Photos taking up all the memory on your phone? Tired of cloud-storage fees? This organizing system stores and compiles up to 400,000 images from every device you own and allows you to view and share them from your smartphone.

To buy: $240 (to receive this discounted price, use the code RSBEVY at checkout), bevy.us.

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Created by one of the co-founders of Uber, Spot lets you find, save, and share cool places in your city (and around the world), as recommended by your friends, experts, and tastemakers. Planning an upcoming trip? Use the app to create a list of all the places you'd like to visit.

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