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.




Lost socks, you’ve met your match. This bungee-style gadget keeps 10 pairs together for washing and drying. Use one organizer for each family member and never sort socks again.

To buy: $20 for two; sockdock.com.

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Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask


Slick on this berry-scented gel before bed to erase flakes by morning.

To buy: $18; us.aritaum.com.

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Remote Control Organizer


Wrangle those pesky remotes with this tidy, vertical organizer. Its sleek design keeps your assorted clickers upright and easily identifiable, without taking up too much table space.

To buy: $8; amazon.com.

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Pacific Shaving Single-Use Shaving Cream Minis


Genius for travel, these water-soluble pods form a luxe lather so you get a great shave anywhere.

To buy: $7 for 40 shaves; target.com.

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Lectro Fan Micro


Want to try a noise machine for sleep, but don’t want to give up precious nightstand space? Try this small, but mighty, speaker. It comes with 10 unique sleep sounds built-in, and can also be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth to stream audio.

To buy: $35; amazon.com.

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Caring Bridge


Battling a severe illness can be a hectic time—but CaringBridge can help simplify communicating with friends and family during treatment. Patients or their loved ones can set up a free, ad-free, private page on the non-profit’s site and post updates, visiting hours, and even tasks they’d love help with. Friends and family are notified every time an update is posted.

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