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.


E Lite Beach Blanket Pool


Make beach day a breeze with this two-in-one beach blanket pool. One side functions as a beach towel perfect for the whole family. Once the sun gets too hot, flip it over and fill it up with water from the ocean or lake to create a safe and fun baby pool.

To buy: $40, amazon.com.

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Stay cool in the heat with these super simple T-shirt ties. Especially useful for any athletes in the family, these ties work on any top to keep sleeves up and out of the way. Available in seven colors. 

To buy: $17 for six; amazon.com.

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Deodorant Removing Sponge


This handy sponge ensures you never get those pesky deodorant marks on your clothing again. It removes any unwelcome white spots from fabric in just seconds.

To buy: $6; amazon.com.

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No-Drip Umbrella


Say hello to the newest rainy-day sidekick: this no-drip umbrella. It folds upwards into itself, which means that water won’t get all over you or the inside of your car when you stow it. It’s also wind-resistant, so it’ll keep you covered in even the most hectic rainstorms.

To buy: $30; uncommongoods.com.

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Smart Light Switch


If you’re going on vacation soon, install this smart light switch instead of hoping that the old timer from the basement works. You can control this switch from anywhere with your phone to make it appear that you’re home, even when you’re not. It also controls the fans, so you can turn them on if you’re coming home on an extra hot day.

To buy: $40; amazon.com.

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Amazon Spark


Discover new items from people who share your interests with Amazon Spark, a curated community of people who have recommendations for everything from clothing to food to technology. You can also contribute to Spark, too—simply post about your favorite products.

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