Real Simple’s mission, through its 19 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. From on-the-go essentials to a stress-busting tracking app, these clever items will make every day just a touch easier.

By Lauren Phillips
August 02, 2019
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Fable Pet Waste Bag Holder

Never be caught without a waste bag again with this sleek holder, which has a leather strap to attach to a leash or bag and can hold up to 15 bags. Lightweight with an easy-to-use single opening, the holder is actually nice to tote along on morning and evening walks.

To buy: $35;

Silpat Sil-Band

Finally corral those difficult-to-store baking mats with this simple snap band, which holds one or more mats in a neat roll that won’t unroll and cause a mess until it’s time to bake.

To buy: $5;

Porch + Hall The Insider

Finally: A floor mat that won’t slip, is stain-resistant, and can absorb moisture. The new collection of Insider mats—in three sizes and two patterns—makes floor protection easy and good-looking. The mats are durable enough to go in an entryway, mudroom, or garage but pretty enough to fit into a casual hallway to protect those wood floors.

To buy: From $55;

Reusable Coffee Cup Cover

Finally ditch coffee lids—without giving up your coffeeshop habit—with these spill-proof lids, which cap paper coffeeshop cups and can be cleaned and reused over and over again. Plus, they’re a little smaller than a reusable travel mug, so you’re more likely to actually carry them at all times.

To buy: $12;

Kindle Oasis

The latest iteration of Amazon’s much-loved Kindle brand has the best Paperwhite display yet, so it’ll actually feel close to reading a real book. The light is adjustable—from white to amber—so reading in the sun or the shade is doable, and the thin design (with an ergonomic spot to hold) and waterproof feature make reading everywhere and anywhere easier.

To buy: $250;


Track all those online orders in one place with the Route app, which pulls tracking numbers from your inbox to map where packages are—and when they’ll finally be delivered. Serial online shoppers can rest easy knowing exactly where their orders are, and anxious shoppers can even opt into a protection program that covers damaged deliveries, returns, exchanges, lost shipments, and more.