6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 16 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


Berry Buddy Strainer


This stoneware strainer features a spout and drip-catcher to make rinsing fruits and veggies faster and easier. Plus, it’s pretty enough to leave on your countertop once the produce is clean.

To buy: $46, uncommongoods.com.

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Gear Wrapz


Easily corral indoor and outdoor items, like hoses, cables, and ropes, with stretchy rubber bands that wrap and tie with a toggle.

To buy: $6, containerstore.com.

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Grassy Organizer


This eye-catching silicone design—it’s supposed to look like grass—is more exciting than your regular bathroom counter catchall. It keeps your toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries neatly organized and within reach.

To buy: $9, umbra.com.

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Rockler Paint Can Mixer


Don’t let leftover paint go to waste. This clever reusable top keeps paint sealed and fresh while in storage. When you’re ready to use it again, turn the handle to mix the contents and open the spout to pour. It works with any standard gallon-size paint can.

To buy: $25, thegrommet.com.

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Beach Glass


Skip the disposable plastic or paper cups during your next outdoor gathering. Stick the pointy stem of this BPA-free acrylic wine glass in the sand or grass to keep your beverage from spilling. It also floats upright in water. 

To buy: $11, thebeachglass.com.

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No backyard bash is complete without this handy app, which includes a grilling guide that provides cooking times, temperatures, and instructions for all kinds of barbecue fare. A built-in timer makes it easy to socialize—it will alert you when the meat needs flipping and when it’s ready to eat.

To buy: $2, itunes.com.

Photo by grilltimeapp.com