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.


Tadpole Tape Cutter


Whether its painter's tape or packing tape, ripping off a piece can be a frustrating task. This clever gadget fits snugly onto any tape roll, cutting each piece cleanly and easily.

To buy: $6, thegrommet.com.

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​SilPat Perfect Cookie Baking Sheet


Cookie dough flattens and spreads in the oven, which often leads to a gooey mess (and one giant cookie). To ensure each cookie comes out perfectly round, use this silicone mat—no grease or parchment necessary.

To buy: $19, amazon.com.

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Freezable Picnic Tote


A must-have for beach days, picnics, camping trips, and more, this bag features a cooling compartment that chills food and beverages for up to 10 hours. It can carry meals for up to four people, and even has a built-in utensil organizer.

To buy: $35, packit.com.

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Nudy Patooty


Say farewell to sweat and deodorant stains. This supremely soft undershirt (made from bamboo fabric) features dual dry technology that wicks away sweat and regulates your body temperature, saving you a number of trips to the dry cleaner.

To buy: $57, nudypatooty.com.

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GelPro Mat


These ergonomic floor mats absorb pressure and reduce shock, making them a comfortable place to stand for long periods of time. Choose from a variety of colors and patterns to match your decor.

To buy: $100, gelpro.com.

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