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.
Architec Rectangle Concave Cutting Board
This acacia wood cutting board is pretty enough to hold a place of honor among your kitchen’s open shelving. For the functionalists, it also has a subtle curve at the center of the board, so juices from meats and fruits stay on the cutting board, not on your counters.
To buy: $50; thegrommet.com.
Kikkerland Bedside Caddy
Keep nighttime (or lazy morning) essentials close at hand with this simple caddy, which boasts a slim silhouette and cozy gray felt material. The caddy hangs over the side of your bed frame, letting you keep books, magazines, remotes, glasses, or whatever else you might want close by without cluttering up your nightstand.
To buy: $17; amazon.com.
Everlane Packable Backpack
Fill this sleek backpack with everything you need for the day, then fold it down once it’s empty to store it away or consolidate within another bag. It has a laptop compartment capable of holding a laptop up to 13 inches, and the four sophisticated color options and shiny zippers help give it a grown-up edge.
To buy: $35; everlane.com.
Menu Sweeper and Funnel
For the design-minded cleaner, this sweeper and dustpan duo serves both aesthetic and functional purposes: The sleek dustpan has a funnel at one end, so dumping swept-up debris is spill-proof, and the brush fits inside the hollow handle for storage.
To buy: $60; amazon.com.
Hooded Navy & Navy Plaid Rainrap
This simple hooded alternative to the traditional rain jacket weighs only eight ounces and fits neatly in a travel pouch. The wraps—available in several different colors and patterns—are reversible, with a button-clasp, too, so you can throw one on over any outfit and look chic while staying dry.
To buy: $65; rainraps.com.
Finally brew craft coffeehouse–worthy morning drinks with Filtru’s step-by-step guide and timers, which work with a refractometer and Bluetooth scales (the Filtru website recommends a handful) to help you get your elevated caffeine fix at home.