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.




Get ready for school with help from AmpliFi, a Wi-Fi system that ensures your home has a strong, reliable signal. If homework hasn’t been finished, the smart gadget allows you to disconnect the connection to certain devices—anything from an iPad to an Xbox—through a companion app. You can also assign quiet times to limit internet access during evening hours, ensuring that everyone gets enough rest at night.

To buy: $150; amplify.com.

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Yoga by Numbers


This numbered mat helps demystify yoga practice. Download the accompanying app and get free classes that utilize the mat’s number system, so you can get a zen workout right from the comfort of your own home.

To buy: $120; uncommongoods.com.

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Finger Protector


Never worry about nicking yourself while chopping vegetables again. Slide your hand into this finger protector to keep your digits comfortable and safe while you're slicing away.

To buy: $6; amazon.com.

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Wobble Wedges


Level out anything in the house with nifty wedges that don’t require any installation tools at all. Just slide one into the problem area—like under that uneven table or against the windowpane of a rattling window. Plus, they have such a clean finish, nobody will even know they’re there.

To buy: $3; containerstore.com.

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Pop 'n Sit Portable Booster


This portable booster seat folds up, so you can easily tote your own high chair to the beach (or any place that doesn’t have a kid-friendly option). A dishwasher-safe tray makes cleaning a breeze, too. 

To buy: $30; amazon.com.

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Don’t have a green thumb? This app can help. Simply upload a picture of a plant, add its name, and SmartyPlants will provide care instructions. It will also send you reminders to water, prune, and more, so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of everything.

To buy: $3; itunes.apple.com.

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