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.


Silicone Suction Pet Bowl


From accidentally tripping over the food and water dishes to the messes Fido makes, dinnertime for pup can be quite dirty. Keep the disorder to a minimum with this genius dining set. It features a feeding bowl anchored by a suctioned silicone mat, so food and water stays inside the bowl—not strewn all over the kitchen floor.

To buy: $25; uncommongoods.com.

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Designed by a frequent traveler, this slim, adjustable cosmetic organizer keeps brushes, compacts, and bottles organized and safe from breakage while on the go.

To buy: $45; thegrommet.com.

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cClean Portable Screen Cleaner


Say sayonara to smudgy screens with this cleansing cloth. It sticks onto the back of your phone or tablet, so it’s always there when you need it. Available in three fun patterns.

To buy: $6 for two; containerstore.com.

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Fight plague and bacteria with this clever flossing tool. A one-use floss tip is connected to two handles, so you can easily and effectively maneuver without sticking your fingers in your mouth.

To buy: $7; target.com.

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Stow-n-Go Portable Luggage Organizer


Make unpacking easier with this packable shelving system. Simply stack your folded clothes on its three shelves, use the straps to condense and secure, and place in your suitcase—it’s small enough to fit in a standard carry-on. Once you get to the hotel, just unbuckle and hang using the included hooks. It also comes with a zippered compartment on the bottom to keep dirty clothes together.

To buy: $25; amazon.com.

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Increase your productivity with this free app’s fun take on the Pomodoro timer technique. “Pops” is your personal efficiency coach—let him know how long you want to be productive, and he’ll let you know when it’s the right time for a quick break. Earn “props” from Pops when you successfully complete blocks of time without checking your phone.

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