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.

1

Schoolwork Scrapbook

schoolwork-scrapbook

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.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook
2

Dry Brush Cleaner

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.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook
3

Dog-Washing Wand

dog-washing-wand

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.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook


4

Handheld Paint Pail

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.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook
5

Glass-Cleaning Cloth

glass-cleaning-cloth

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.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook
6

Quarterlane

quarterlane

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.

Photo by quarterlanebooks.com