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.


Dent Free Bottle Opener


Sometimes the coolest projects are made from things we might otherwise throw away. This bottle opener cracks open your favorite beer while keeping the cap intact, so you can use those pristine caps to make something really cool (a coaster or a tray, maybe?) for a friend.

To buy: $12; uncommongoods.com.

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Laundry Hamper


Don’t let your laundry pile take up prime floor real estate. Instead, use this over-the-door hanging hamper to get your dirty clothes off the floor and out of the way.

To buy: $16, amazon.com.

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Laundry steamer


When wrinkles won't budge (or you'd rather not drag out the ironing board), try this portable steamer. Simply plug it in, wait two minutes, and steam away. Its compact carrying case makes it great for traveling, too.

To buy: $20, amazon.com.

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Water Purification Stone


Do your part to help save the planet by swapping water bottles for these water pods. Just pop one into a pitcher or cup of tap water to filter out lead, chlorine, arsenic, and all other contaminates.

To buy: $25, thegrommet.com.

Photo by Tim White/The Grommet

Wifi-controlled Sprinkler System


If you’re going on a vacation this summer and don’t want to worry about your garden or backyard, this product is a must. Control your plant’s watering schedule while sitting poolside through your smartphone. Installation takes only 15 minutes and can be connected to all of your existing sprinklers.

To buy: $133; amazon.com.

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