6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 19 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. From a bad-habit buster to a moving must-have, these clever products will get you through all of life’s smaller struggles.
These smart oven mitts—available in three of-the-moment colors—have a slew of features to make cooking and baking burn-free easier, including highest-grade silicone heat protection, machine-washable fabric, and full-wrist coverage. They even have built-in magnets, so they can hang within easy reach on an oven, fridge, or dishwasher.
To buy: $40 for a set; food52.com.
Get the satisfaction of growing fresh herbs with a smaller space and time commitment with this new mini gardening kit, which includes six mini herb plants and everything necessary to help them flourish on a patio, balcony, or window sill. They’ll be ready to enjoy three to four weeks after planting; in the meantime, enjoy plant parenting on a small scale.
To buy: $34; gardenuity.com.
Stay classy on the go with this vacuum-insulated flute, which comes in more than 20 eye-catching colors. Take your favorite bubbly beverage—alcoholic or otherwise—with you everywhere and anywhere you go without it getting warm or going flat.
To buy: $20; amazon.com.
Moving—and post-move storage—is a tiny bit easier with this set-up. Consider it moving boxes on wheels: The wooden boxes can hold household essentials during the move and serve as mobile storage after. The simple look (and affordability) makes OMBYTE a great pick for college students, too.
To buy: $59; ikea.com.
Adults, kids, and teens alike can finally conquer a persistent nail-biting habit with this base coat, which nourishes nails while giving biters an extreme bitter taste. The taste comes from a blend of marine algae, nettle extract, and horse chestnut, so you don’t need to be worried about the toxicity, and the polish is clear, so it won’t disrupt anyone’s nail color preference.
To buy: $12; pro-belle.com.
A new—and free—career calculator from Bloomberg asks a few questions about current job title, salary, location, education, and more. In exchange, it offers a guide to next career moves, including suggestions for different locations, post-graduate studies, and more. It won’t replace long, careful thought about potential career moves, but it will offer a lightweight guide that could kickstart some smart ideas and finally get you out of that rut.