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.
Sipping wine in the great outdoors is fun; fishing a bug or leaf out of your wine is not. These colorful toppers help keep those kinds of pests out, while a stainless steel mesh insert allows your wine to breathe while covered. The lids double as coasters and help keep every drop of wine in the glass, even while you’re mingling.
To buy: $20 for four; thegrommet.com.
Cut down on serving dishes without limiting options with this smart, artful piece that holds three dipping options—or multiple servings of the same chip—with a creamy dip at the center, all while looking nothing like your mother’s old chip-and-dip set.
To buy: $78; anthropologie.com.
Tag clothes and other gear—especially gear that may be making the trip to summer camp or on vacation—in minutes with this custom stamp. The stamps are laundry-safe and last for approximately 50 washes, with no bleeding and no mess, and the kit comes with enough black ink to last for 100 applications.
To buy: $37; mabelslabels.com.
Pack this travel-sized humidifier with you and use it for an on-the-go refresh in the car, after a flight, or in your office. It’s cordless, so you really can use it anywhere, and an adjustable timer ensures it’ll run for exactly as long as you want it to. Simply insert an upside down water bottle into the top, and then enjoy the clean, moisture-filled air wherever you need it.
To buy: $25; amazon.com.
Take baking to a whole new (smaller) level with this miniature set, built to fit perfectly inside a toaster oven. Die-hard bakers will love the opportunity to whip up a small batch of cookies or brownies without heating up the oven (and the whole kitchen), while more casual cooks (or those without a full-size oven) can use the set for all their baking and cooking needs.
To buy: $19; uncommongoods.com.
Nothing makes a statement quite like a delivery of beautiful fresh-cut roses, and no roses look quite like those from Roses Only. The delivery service offers gifts of long-stem roses of a variety of colors, plus gift boxes and other treats, and the roses only get better with time—with proper care, they’ll flourish for a minimum of five days. The service is currently available in the New York City and Los Angeles areas in the U.S., with more cities coming soon.