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.


Multi-Purpose Elephant Hook


This suction hook adheres to any surface—not just windows or glass doors—for months at a time, and won’t leave any sticky residue behind. Holds up to 13 pounds.

To buy: $8, fecausa.co.

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Window Blinds Gloves


Dust vertical, mini, or wooden blinds just by slipping on these gloves and running your hand over the surface. Once the chore is done, throw these convenient cleaners in the washing machine and reuse.

To buy: $11 for two, simplygoodstuff.com.

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Chef’n Looseleaf Kale and Herb Stripper


It may be a super food, but prepping kale definitely isn’t super easy. Use this tool to cut down on prep time: Simply slide the stalk of stemmed veggies and herbs through the appropriate sized hole to strip the leaves in a second.

To buy: $8, surlatable.com.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Molds


Make your favorite frozen summer treat at home with these fun cutouts—just bake cookies, stamp the ice cream and cookies to fit the mold, and press to form a delicious ice cream sandwich in a flash.

To buy: $12 for three, amazon.com.

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This unique storage solution frees up extra space in your refrigerator by suspending beer or soda bottles from the underside of the unit’s shelving—really! A magnetic strip holds up to six longnecks.

To buy: $38, uncommongoods.com.

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Have some sights you want to hit during your next long drive? Use this app to plot and save a route that hits them all. You can also use it to discover local-gem restaurants and hotels en route.

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