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.


Sport-Utility Belt


This stretchy workout buddy comfortably holds a phone, keys, money, and a (flat) water bottle at your waist.

To buy: Belt, $35; bottle, $9; flipbelt.com.

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Critter Catcher


Use this smart device to trap and release creepy crawlers without getting too close. A retractable handle extends up to 25 inches to reach high corners. When you spot a bug, simply place the soft bristles over it to trap the critter until you can throw it outside.

To buy: $17, thegrommet.com.

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Root Touch-Up


Now you see it, now you don't. This magnetic powder hides roots and sticks to hair until you shampoo. Dab the sponge into the powder, then brush on regrowth. In three shades.

To buy: $9, ulta.com.

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Totable Stove


Bring home cooking to the great outdoors—or a park picnic—with this mini two-burner unit that slings over your shoulder for easy carrying.

To buy: $140, primus.us.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Pro iPhone Camera


Smaller than a deck of cards, this camera attaches to the charging port on your cell to snap DSLR-quality pics without the heavy equipment.

To buy: $499, dxo.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Darby Smart


A new app from the creators of the popular DIY website Darby Smart. Easy-to-follow video how-tos are paired with live chat capabilities to make crafting easier than ever.

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