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.


Egg Timer


Looking to take the guesswork out of hard boiling? Simply place this timer in the pot, and it will change color as the eggs reach soft, medium, and hard-boiled consistency.

To buy: $5, thecontainerstore.com.

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PowerShare Cable


No phone charger? No problem! This cord transfers battery power from one phone to another, so a generous friend can help you power up in no time. The charge can be transferred between two Androids, or from an Android to an Apple iPhone.

To buy: $12, gentsupplyco.com.

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Perfect Bake


This smart scale syncs with an app, which will guide you through a recipe and help you precisely measure each ingredient. Prefer to make just a few muffins or brownies? The app can also adapt any recipe to your desired portion.

To buy: $50, store.makeitperfectly.com.

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No Break Pasta Pot and Strainer


Cook, drain, and serve your pasta all in one pot, which can accommodate noodles of any size. No more breaking spaghetti noodles in half! The pot can fit up to five servings of pasta (and can cook asparagus, too).

To buy: $60, uncommongoods.com.

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Grill Light Tongs


With an LED flashlight built into the handle, these tongs make it easier (and safer) to grill once the sun has set. The flashlight detaches for easy cleaning.

To buy: $24, overstock.com.

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This free app simplifies the process of making plans with friends, while also providing an easy way to meet new people. Great for networking, finding new hobbies, or planning fun dates.

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