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.
If you sometimes struggle to finish a bottle of beer or cider but hate to toss its valuable contents, try saving it for later with one of these colorful silicon bottle caps. Beer Savers keep your beverages fresh and safe, so you don’t need to worry about finding fruit flies or other bugs inside if you step away for a bit. (The caps are also dishwasher-safe and reusable.)
To buy: $10 for 6 caps; amazon.com.
Baublerella Glitzy Glove
Make polishing your jewelry—like that necklace you haven’t worn in years because it needs a good shining—less of a chore and more of a simple, everyday act with this soft slip-on. Simply rub it over your tarnished metals (silver, gold, etc.) to give them a fresh gleam while you watch TV or listen to your favorite podcast.
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
Your feet will be the happiest they’ve ever been in heels with the simple addition of a set of these flexible straps. Just slide the rubber gap over your heel, pull the strap over the top of your foot, and get on your way, sans heel-slips and blister-forming rubbing. Kickstands are available in an assortment of patterns with reversible solid-colored backs, so you can rock a new Mary Janes–esque look every day of the week.
To buy: $24; kickstands.com.
myCharge AdventureMini Portable Charger
With this pocket-sized portable charger (and its handy built-in carabiner, which lets you attach it to a bag or belt loop), you can keep your smartphone or e-reader charged wherever you roam this summer. The charger holds up to two times extra battery power, and the splash-proof, drop-resistant, and dirt-proof finish means it can go everywhere you do.
To buy: $30; amazon.com.
Post-it Extreme Notes
Take your orderly, note-leaving habits outside this summer with Post-it’s new heavy-duty packs of colorful stickies. The Extreme Notes stick to rough or textured surfaces such as brick and wood and are water-resistant—perfect for poolside reminders. The notes will stick even in extreme conditions (like inside your freezer or in your steamy bathroom).
To buy: $15 for 12 pads; amazon.com.
This “personal sun safety coach” can help you and your loved ones avoid sun damage. On the app, you can see UV levels specific to your location, check the weather, get SPF recommendations, and even calculate how much time it will take you to get burned. The app also features a sunscreen reminder, so you won’t ever forget to reapply again. And, if you have an Apple Watch or another smart wearable, you can get all of this information sent directly to your wrist.