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.
Lighten your load on a daily basis with this sleek dual-walled water bottle: It maintains the temperature of your beverage of choice, yes, but it also boasts a storage compartment for your keys, ID, lip balm, or other little trinkets you’d like to keep handy . . . but out of your hands. The space is discreet, accessed through a screw-off bottom that helps your items stay hidden, and has up to 450 cubic centimeters (just more than 25 cubic inches) of storage.
To buy: $39; bindlebottle.com.
Upgrade your home pedicure skills with this all-in-one kit, which includes a resting spot for your foot on a stable platform, so you can work comfortably from your couch or bed, plus nail tool–storage, an LED light, and a pull out tray to catch drips. There’s even a plus option with a nail dryer and lit magnifier, so your at-home pedicure can look like it’s straight from a salon.
To buy: $35; thegrommet.com.
Chef’n’s tried-and-true herb stripper gets a sharp upgrade with stainless steel shears, which allow home chefs and gardeners to cut herbs and trim greens with the same tool they use to strip leaves from the stems. The stripping tool works with everything from kale and collards to oregano and thyme.
To buy: $12; amazon.com.
Keep track of loose papers, business cards, and more with these charming silicone holders. The many slots allow you to keep track of several items in each holder, so goodbye, clutter, and the “buddies” (a hedgehog, a turtle, and an armadillo) are cute enough to double as décor.
To buy: $24; uncommongoods.com.
Tea aficionados (or newbies) can skip the tea bags and go straight to loose-leaf with this compact mug, which has a stainless steel infuser that lets you brew on the go. The lid and mug are made of ceramic that is heat-resistant up to 240 degrees, and the lid doubles as a resting place for the infuser once the tea is finished steeping. The tea cup comes in 10 bright colors, so it can serve as colorful desk décor, too.
To buy: From $20; amazon.com.
Exec Socks offers colorful, “business ready” socks that both fulfill a necessity (clean socks without holes) and a want (whimsical accessories to brighten up business-appropriate work attire). Socks are mailed each month, so there’s always something new around the corner, and a subscription for one new pair of socks each month starts at $10 per month. Quarterly subscriptions and monthly subscriptions with more socks are also available, and you can even make a one-time order of six, 12, or 18 socks.