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.


Rotato Express Electric Peeler


To chop off dinner prep time—and to save your hands the trouble—use this electric peeler on fruits and veggies. Just pop the food item on the machine, push a button, and watch the robotic arm do its thing. A hand thumb knife will even scoop out those pesky potato eyes. The arm adjusts to size, so you can peel everything from avocados to kiwis.

To buy: $17; amazon.com.

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Lulabloc Seat Belt Holder


Getting your little one into the car can be a hassle. And how many times have you searched the seams of your backseat for that elusive buckle? This small contraption secures around the buckle to make it nearly impossible to get lost under the seat, so you can strap your little one in a little swifter.

To buy: $13; amazon.com.

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You’ve brushed your teeth, washed your face, and now you’re in bed—but you forgot one thing: the lights. To eliminate this problem altogether, attach this tool to any standard light switch by simply snapping it on—no wires or nails required. You can use your smartphone to set timers that turn lights on and off, even when you’re not home. The “welcome home” feature knows when you’ve arrived and will turn on your lights as soon as you walk in the door—no more fumbling in the dark.

To buy: $25; amazon.com.

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Prynt Portable Printer


This company—which started as Kickstarter—has created an easy way to print some of your favorite photos on-the-go. Simply download the Prynt app onto your phone to print your favorite photos straight from your social media accounts. You can even create short videos linked to each printed photo. To activate them, simply scan the photo and watch through your smartphone. 

To buy: $150; amazon.com.

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Edwin the Duck Interactive Baby Monitor


Finally, a toy that both you and your little one will love to use. Edwin puts a twist on the classic rubber duck by connecting to your smartphone and allowing you to stream music and stories through the toy. Edwin is waterproof, so it can follow your child from bath time (where it can take the water’s temperature) to sleep time (where it can serve as a night-light). Edwin comes with educational content that can be accessed through the duck or the smartphone app for hours of fun.

To buy: $50; target.com.

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A solution for cluttered closets, this new system creates a capsule wardrobe of sorts—but strictly for loungewear. For just $60, shoppers can pick their favorite items to create "a drawer” full of socks, underwear, T-shirts, and jogger pants.  

To buy: $60; basicoutfitters.com.

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