6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 19 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.
1 Dental Lace
Do good for your teeth and for the planet with this sustainable floss option, which is made of biodegradable, 100 percent silk floss. The floss arrives in a slim glass container with a cutter, and refill spools are available for purchase to keep the container in use. (No more little plastic floss boxes.)
To buy: $12; dentallace.com.
2 FridaBaby DermaFrida Silicone Bath Mitt
This gentle bath mitt exfoliates and cleans little ones’ skin with a brush of soothing bristles. The mitt fits adult- or kid-sized hands and the material resists odors, bacteria, and mold to outlast legions of bath times to come.
To buy: $11; buybuybaby.com.
3 Chef’n GraterZoom
Grate or slice garlic, ginger, chocolate, hard cheeses, and more with a simple zoom with this smart (and compact) kitchen gadget. Cleaning is just as easy: Simply pull the pieces apart and stick them in the dishwasher.
To buy: $6; amazon.com.
4 Lifeproof LIFEACTIV Power Pack 20
Keep phones, tablets, and even laptops charged no matter how far the warm weather takes you from the nearest outlet with this powerful portable charger. It’s waterproof and drop-proof—and it has a built-in flashlight, so you can stop wasting valuable phone battery life on casting light.
To buy: $100; lifeproof.com.
5 Outdoor Wine Table
Take wine and cheese night outside with this clever (and collapsible) table, which stakes straight into the ground and holds two wine glasses, a wine bottle, and a small cheese plate—all the ingredients necessary for a truly delightful spring or summer evening.
To buy: $58; uncommongoods.com.
Giving the house a seasonal refresh is actually possible (and affordable) thanks to Decocrated. This subscription service ships seasonal decorating odds and ends (think shelfie-worthy tchotchkes, throw pillow covers, small wall art, and more) straight to your door, so updating different areas of the house to suit the season is quick and easy. Boxes arrive every three months, and subscriptions start at $80 per quarter or $288 for a year’s worth of décor.