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.




A good old-fashioned broom doesn’t always do the trick—dust gets left behind and you end up having to drag out the vacuum anyway. Try this one-handed broom, which has thick bristles that drag directly across the floor to catch dust, pet hair, and other messes your typical broom might otherwise leave behind. A foot-operated dustpan means no more bending over to keep it in place, either.

To buy: $30; thegrommet.com.

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Halo Mosquito Repeller


New summer, same old mosquito problem. No matter how much bug spray we use or how many citronella candles we light, there are always a few pesky bugs that always end up at the backyard barbeque. The Halo mosquito repeller creates a 15-by-15-foot shield to protect against mosquitos that could carry Zika, West Nile, and more. It's scent free, so the only things you’ll smell this summer are s’mores and hot dogs.

To buy: $40; amazon.com.

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Astral Rosa Sandals


When prepping for a camping trip, the best tip is to pack light. These sandals can take a few things off of your list—they do double-duty as a secure hiking sandal and a simple flip-flop. Simply add the extra strap for a little more support. 

To buy: $75; amazon.com.

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This little plug fits securely in your bathtub or shower drain to collect any hair just bellow the surface. It wraps around the base of the plug and easily (and cleanly) lifts out when it's time to dispose of any collected hair. 

To buy: $13; amazon.com.

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Omelette Maker


You don't have to trek to your favorite brunch spot to find the perfect omelet. This machine makes the beloved breakfast meal for two in a matter of minutes—no stovetop required. Pour in your favorite ingredients, close the lid—and that’s it. 

To buy: $26; amazon.com.

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This free site will help you fit as much into your vacation time as possible. Select your departure location and destination, as well as travel dates, and wait for the tool to provide a list of places that offer affordable multi-day layovers. Once you choose your itinerary, Airwander will direct you to another travel site to finalize your purchase.

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