Real Simple’s mission, through its 17 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.
Endless boxes of kid-creativity? This service binds favorites into a hardcover book. Pocket dividers hold mementos (like lunch box notes).
To buy: 4-Ever Bound, from $50; 4everbound.com.
Dry Brush Cleaner
Sanitize natural and synthetic makeup brushes fast sans water or soap with this cleansing spray.
Spritz the bristles (they won’t feel damp),
then stroke the brush
on a clean towel.
To buy: Pure Brush, $20; pure-brush.com.
This clever wand attaches to a showerhead or spigot and creates a comblike spray to thoroughly rinse Rover. Use the pause mode to stop the water flow when it’s time to lather up.
To buy: Waterpik Pet Wand Pro, $49; amazon.com.
Handheld Paint Pail
Easily hold a quart of paint or stain in this container with an adjustable hand strap. A built-in magnet keeps a brush or roller in place.
To buy: Handy Pro Pail, $13, and liners, $5.50 for 4; amazon.com.
This washable microfiber cloth polishes away smudges, dirt, and water spots without scratching. Just dampen with water (no need for cleaner!).
To buy: Casabella microfiber glass cloth, $5 for two; containerstore.com.
Busy book lovers, this is for you: Subscribe to have the most talked-about seasonal fiction delivered to your door. Each box includes at least three books, along with a piece of custom art and a small gift. Choose from three subscriptions, depending on how often you want to receive the packages.
To buy: From $85 per box; quarterlanebooks.com.