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.




Let’s face it: Those hot summer afternoons combined with bare legs can lead to some seriously uncomfortable thigh chafing. Have the freedom to move around all you want—without that distracting irritation—by slipping on these affordable elastic bands. They’ll hide perfectly beneath whatever frock you chose to sport on sticky days.

To buy: $16; amazon.com.

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Wooden Grill Scraper


This handy wooden scraper is cut at a narrow angle to allow the hot grill to burn perfectly sized grooves into the wood to get the job done every time. A solid birch construction means it won’t scrape or damage metal or porcelain surfaces.

To buy: $25; uncommongoods.com.

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Garbage Can Fly Trap


Put your pet’s unmentionables to good use with this two-in-one trashcan. The scent of the pet waste naturally attracts the flies into the cartridge under the lid. The cartridge is lined with flypaper, which prevents their escape. The container also comes with a quick-release button for easy disposal of the trapped flies.

To buy: $35; amazon.com.

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HyperChiller Iced Coffee Maker


Love coffee, but don’t want to drink a steaming cup on a hot summer day? Cool it down with this nifty iced coffee maker. It will chill a piping cup of joe in just one minute, so you don’t have to add any extra time to your morning routine. You can also use it to cool off tea, whiskey, or wine, which makes it perfect for your next weekend barbecue, too.

To buy: $30; amazon.com.

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Nesting Glass Storage Containers


These nested glass storage containers are the ultimate space savers. They stack into each other, which means you only need to find room for one container instead of all four. Plus, they’re made of glass that’s thermal and shock-resistant, so they can easily go from the freezer to the oven to the dishwasher and back to your cupboard.

To buy: $30; uncommongoods.com.

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Morning Routine


For those guilty of pressing snooze a few too many times in the morning, this app is the perfect fix. It requires you to scan barcodes of certain items in the morning in order to disable the alarm. The free program gives night owls a little extra push to make it all the way to the shower or to the coffee machine—whichever you need more to get your day started.

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