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.


All Natural Firestarters


Whether camping or simply enjoying a backyard bonfire, egg cartons, packed with sawdust and paraffin wax, provide an all-natural and eco-friendly way to get the flames going faster.

To buy: $10, thegrommet.com.

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Reusable Pet Food Storage Bag


If you’re taking a furry friend on a road trip this summer, easily pack and transport pet food with this airtight to-go bag. It holds up to 14 cups of food—and features a dedicated spot for feeding instructions.

To buy: $15, containerstore.com.

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Cabana Boy Sunscreen Applier


No beach companion? No problem. This holder cradles spray sunblock, so you’ll never miss those hard-to-reach spots. Fits most continuous spray sunscreen.

To buy: $14, my-cabanaboy.com and amazon.com.

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Earbud Earrings


Tired of your earbuds falling out of your ears? These sterling silver studs have a crafty indentation to hold the cords firmly in place. Available in 14 designs.

To buy: $68, eachjewels.com.

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Chi Kabloom Brush


Straight out of a funfetti cake box, this brush has squiggle-shaped nylon bristles that help add lift at your crown. Only five inches long, it fits (and will never get lost in) your bag.

To buy: $8, loxabeauty.com.

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Love browsing food posts on Instagram? You’ll go crazy for this new free app, which helps you find the restaurants that serve those delicious eats. The photos appear on a Facebook-like feed that will keep you scrolling for hours.

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