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.


Anywhere Chair Harness


Keeping your little one comfortable and safe while out to dinner can sometimes present quite the challenge. This harness, which can be stowed in the most crowded of diaper bags and fixed to almost any chair, helps toddlers sit on their own—even when all of the restaurant’s high chairs are occupied.

To buy: $35, uncommongoods.com.

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Aquapaw Bathing Glove


Stop trying to wrangle a shower hose and your pet at the same time. Instead, slip on this glove for greater mobility—adjusting the flow of water is as easy as opening and closing your hand.

To buy: $25, uncommongoods.com.

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Tile Mate Key Finder


How many mornings have you spent frantically looking for your keys or phone? Attach this tiny tracker to oft-misplaced items. It connects to an app on your phone via Bluetooth to help you locate the item in question. It even helps when you lose your phone—just press on any one of your tiles to make your phone ring, even if it’s on silent.

To buy: $25, amazon.com.

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Vans Foldable Spicoli Shades


Sunglasses can be expensive, but these shades from Vans provide a stylish design that won’t break the bank. For less than $20, these glasses completely fold up for easy storing and are great for a day at the beach or just a walk around town.

To buy: $17, amazon.com.

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MOEN Darcy Double Robe Hook with Press and Mark in Brushed Nickel


When you need to gather an array of tools—a level, a pencil, a hammer—just to hang a picture, it can be tempting to avoid the task altogether. Instead, turn to this hook, which uses a special technology to place two ink spots right where the drill should go.

To buy: $19, homedepot.com.

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If you’re constantly on the hunt for a new and interesting book, this free browser extension can help. After installation, the app will display an award-winning book on your screen every time you open a new tab on Google Chrome. If the book interests you, simply click “buy” on the same page—or follow the link to find similar books.

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