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.


Convertible Tassel Earrings


Save some extra cash (and time) on accessories with these convertible earrings. On-trend tassels make them the statement-making piece that will finish off any going-out look—or, when you’re looking for a more subdued look, detach the tassels and wear them as simple studs. 

To buy: $40; sparklepop.com.

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OXO Pepper Grinder Shaker


Simplify your kitchen routine with this nifty two-in-one grinder and shaker. The top compartment (for salt) doubles as a knob for easy grinding, and the grinder-selector locks into five different settings to adjust from coarse to fine in no time.

To buy: $19; amazon.com.

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Moen Hand Shower and Shower Head Kit


This showerhead combo will turn your bathroom into a spa in a snap. It comes with a luxurious rain shower for full coverage and a detachable hand shower that has a magnetic docking system for easy release and return. Run both heads at the same time or focus the flow of water to one. Either way, this kit will make shower time a soothing part of the day.

To buy: $99; homedepot.com.

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Keep garden tools from slipping without sacrificing comfort—this genius handle even prevents painful blisters. The easy installation and low price make it a great addition to any gardening toolbox.

To buy: $11; amazon.com.

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Keep your blowout (or perfect bedhead) completely intact by slipping this shower cap on. It will hold all of your hair without compromising its shape and, best of all, won’t leave any dents or kinks behind. It’s also 100 percent waterproof, humidity-proof, quick-drying, machine washable, and antibacterial, so it will always stay fresh.

To buy: $43; sephora.com.

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Leela Kids


Keep the little ones occupied during a long car ride with the world’s first podcast app for kids. It finds and sorts content for children based on age and interests to ensure engagement and enjoyment. Simply download, enter the necessary information, and then press play.

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