6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 15 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


Ice Math Cutting Mat


The perfect addition to your bar cart, this no-slip, silicone mat provides an easy reference for ice-to-cocktail ratios and a guide to perfecting the bartender’s wedge.

To buy: $6 for two, thorobarsupplies.com.

Featured May 2015

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Cote Traveler Base and Top Coat


Stash this in your purse for quick touch-ups. Don't be fooled by the tiny vial; it holds a full-size brush for smooth application.

To buy: $6, coteshop.co.

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Bic 2-in-1 Stylus Pen


This writing tool provides the best of both worlds: You can take notes on paper, or reverse the pen to use on a tablet or smartphone.

To buy: $8, staples.com.

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Self-Watering Cube Planter


If you can’t seem to cultivate a green thumb, let this clever planter change that. It’s integrated with a watering system that keeps the plant hydrated, so you only have to remember to refill the reservoir once each month—you can do that, right?

To buy: $25, dormify.com.

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Six Pack Tote


Pack your favorite beer for the picnic with this easy-to-carry cooler. A side pocket holds a bottle opener, napkins, and other small accessories.

To buy: $28, uncommongoods.com.

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Use this free app to preserve sentimental art projects and declutter all at the same time. Add video or audio to any uploaded picture (ask your child to describe their drawing!) and easily share with family or friends straight from the app—recipients can even respond with video or audio comments of their own.

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