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.


Convertible Tote Backpack


This multipurpose bag not only changes from a backpack to tote effortlessly, but it also fits just about anywhere. Fold it up and throw it into the bottom of the stroller or the back seat of your car. It’s lightweight, water resistant, and comes in three different colors.

To buy: $22, thegrommet.com.

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Makeup Brush Cleaner


Sometimes it’s easier to just throw your makeup brush back in your bag and continue with your routine, but these tiny tools should be cleaned more often than you may think. To make the process easier, use a little of your favorite brush cleanser (or soap) and wipe the bristles along the grooves of this scrubber.

To buy: $2, amazon.com.

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Tip-Proof Iced Tumbler


No more crying over spilled milk (or coffee!)—this tumbler, perfect for your favorite summer drink, is tip-proof and creates an air-tight seal with the table that makes it bounce right back up after any bump or nudge.

To buy: $20, thegrommet.com.

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Storage Bags


Whether for a bagged lunch or just storing craft supplies, this silicon pouch is a great alternative to plastic bags. It’s safe for the freezer and can even be tossed in the dishwasher or in boiling water.

To buy: $12, amazon.com.

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Corn Zipper


This little tool provides a safe and efficient way to scrape fresh corn off the cob for a tasty addition to your next summer salad or salsa.

To buy: $13, williams-sonoma.com.

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Adidas Fitness App


Adidas’ new fitness app, ALL DAY, gives you that little extra nudge you may need to lead a healthier lifestyle. From healthy eating tips to music that’ll help you fall asleep—and stay asleep—this app is a must-have.

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