6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 19 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.
OXO Good Grips Herb and Kale Stripping Comb
This compact little comb both strips leaves off thin herb stems and pulls kale and other leafy greens off their woodsy stems, reducing prep time—and keeping nails and hands just a tiny bit cleaner.
To buy: $7; amazon.com.
STOW 8.0 Slip Wallet
Trade in a traditional (and liable to undergo some major wear-and-tear) wallet for this slim option, which holds credit cards, IDs, cash, and other essentials securely—while staying thin enough to slip easily in a pocket. This version can hold up to eight credit cards and eight bills, is lightweight, and super durable—perfect for summer outing where water, sweat, and more are likely.
To buy: $60; stowwallet.com.
Happy Pet Dog SPF Spray
Yep, dogs can get burned, too. On days full of outdoorsy plans (or if the dog has short hair), spritz this clever SPF 15 sunscreen all over the dog (focusing on exposed areas, such as patchy spots) and be on your way knowing the dog is just as protected as everyone else in the family.
To buy: $17; amazon.com.
Manage screen time—and keep often-lost tablets, phones, and more in one secure spot—with this sleek system, which combines a physical device home and an app to make the on-going screen time struggle a little smoother.
To buy: $199; amazon.com.
Swap all those packs of single-use (and bad for the environment) wipes for these pure cotton facial washcloths, which work gently with a cleanser and warm water to remove makeup, dirt, and oils. Use, wash, and repeat for healthier skin that doesn’t come at the cost of hurting the environment.
To buy: $22 for six cloths; lulucloth.net.
Finally outmatch robocalls with the smart Firewall app, which instantly blocks robocalls, spam calls, and telemarketers, only bothering you with approved calls from people on your “whitelist.” Most calls will go straight to voicemail, and Firewall can transcribe those messages so you know what the call is about without listening to the message; known robocallers will be deleted immediately. The app is free for the first 14 days and then costs $3.99 per month; an iOS version is currently available, with the Android version in the works.