6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 15 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


CardNinja Smartphone Wallet


Swap a bulky wallet for a slim, stretchy pocket that attaches to nearly any smartphone. The spandex material accommodates up to eight cards (identification, bank cards, and more) and cash.

To buy: $13, amazon.com.

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Silpoura Clip On Single Red Silicone Pouring Spout


This smart spout clips onto almost any bowl, pot, pan, or skillet to simplify a host of kitchen tasks, like pouring batter and straining pasta.

To buy: $10, amazon.com.

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Make Your Own Salad Dressing Shaker


Mix, shake, pour, and store homemade dressing in this multipurpose bottle, which measures and emulsifies dressings. Try out one of the recipes detailed on the side of the jar (Oriental, Caesar, or Dijon) or mix up your own using a blend of oils and spices. When you’re done, pop it into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

To buy: $20, uncommongoods.com.

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Haus Maus Laundry Guard


Designed to prevent laundry from falling behind the washer and dryer, this magnetic guard keeps clothes corralled on top of the machine. It’s compatible with all front-loading machines, and installation is a cinch—no tools or hardware required.

To buy: $30, amazon.com.

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Tweedz Braided Headphones


This sturdy pair of headphones (with enhanced noise cancellation) is made with braided nylon wires that resist tangles. Each pair comes with three interchangeable earbuds to ensure a snug fit.

To buy: $35, amazon.com.

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