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.
Alma Weekly Planning Notepad
With a simplified layout and energizing, colorful design, this notepad makes mapping out coffee dates, afternoon meetings, parent-teacher conferences, and doctor’s appointments feel less like a chore and more like bullet journaling. With everything laid out in front of you (and with customizable spaces for dates and times), a busy week may not seem so overwhelming.
To buy: $14; ofakind.com.
Make poor pillow purchases a thing of the past with Pluto Pillow’s comprehensive questionnaire, which allows you to craft a personalized pillow with the right balance of support and comfort from more than 25 possible variations. Your perfect pillow will be shipped straight to your door within 7 business days, and you have up to 100 nights to test it out and determine whether it really does deliver a great night's sleep.
To buy: $89; plutopillow.com.
This portable, lightweight (but durable) safe holds jewelry, cash, credit cards, phones, and whatever other valuables you have on hand. The safe can be opened with a combination or a key, and it can be fastened to a chair or umbrella for further security. Take it to the beach or pool—or even the gym, a sporting event, or a tailgate—to enjoy yourself without worrying about your valuables. Available in five colors.
To buy: From $40; amazon.com.
SoleMates Blister Blocker
There’s yet another so-called blister blocking product out there—but this one actually works. The pocket-sized balm glides on feet easily, with no scent and no greasy residue, to reduce friction between your shoes and feet and keep blisters from forming. Re-application throughout the day is simple and can be accomplished subtly, to keep you walking tall all day long.
To buy: $26 for a pack of three; amazon.com.
Bedside Smartphone Vase
With this simple vase (available in two colors), you can set your phone somewhere safe where it can easily be found the next morning while bringing color to your nightstand. A clever groove at the bottom of the vase hides cords, as well, so your phone can re-charge while you do.
To buy: $32; uncommongoods.com.
Stop worrying about taking time for yourself…and let Aloe Bud do it for you. This playful (and free) app can send you gentle, non-urgent (a.k.a. stress-free) reminders to take a deep breath, take a walk, drink some water, have a snack, or do whatever else helps you stay in control throughout the day.