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.


Body Glide


Wear your favorite shorts and sandals this summer without any uncomfortable chafing. Body Glide’s plant-derived wax slides onto problem areas such as legs, arms, or feet to buffer against unwanted rubbing.

To buy: $8; amazon.com.

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OXO Furlifter Carpet Rake


Living in a house full of pets—or women!—means loose hair is a persistent presence that’s tricky to clean. Make tidying-up easier with this this rake-like device. Just pull across your carpets and floors to pick up loose fur, hairs, and lint. Retract the brush head and the mess falls straight into the trash

To buy: $40; bedbathandbeyond.com.

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SnapPower Charger


Replace any standard outlet coverplate with this clever USB-integrated one. Not only does it free up outlets from the omnipresent phone charger, but it also does so in a remarkably slim design.

To buy: $17; amazon.com.

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Wear light, breezy sundresses this summer without fearing exposed underwear or unwanted cling. This half-slip has an integrated panty (available in thong or brief) as an anchor, meaning it won’t twist or ride up during the day.

To buy: $48; wearbumbrella.com.

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Win at dining al fresco with these unbreakable silicone wine glasses. Not only are they bendable, freeing up space in your picnic basket, but they’re also much lighter than traditional plastic drinkware. They're dishwasher safe, to boot.

To buy: From $17 for two; bendiware.com.

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Automate cash back accrual with a standing credit or debit card with Dosh. Just connect a card to the free app, and every time you check out at one of their 100,000-plus partnered merchants you’ll get credited a percentage of your purchase.

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