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 easier-to-use kitchen tools to renter-friendly decor, these clever products will make your day-to-day just a tiny bit smoother.
Command Floating Wall Ledges
Get the high-end look of floating shelves without the installation and wall damage with these shelves from Command, which stick easily to walls without damaging them. Each shelf holds two pounds, perfect for trinkets, small trophies, and other keepsakes.
To buy: $17 for two; amazon.com.
Kuhn Rikon Click ’N Slice Mandoline
This peeler-mandoline combo evenly slices practically everything with a simple gliding action, cutting down on prep time. The included handguard helps protect against injuries, and the textured paddle attachment prevents sticking. Best of all, the whole contraption is super compact, for easy storage in a drawer.
To buy: $15; kuhnrikonshop.com.
California Cowboy Women’s High Water Shirt
This smart shirt brings surf-ready vibes—plus a slew of clever features—to any waterside vacation. The lining is terry-cloth, perfect for sliding on after a swim, and the slightly cropped cut and playful pattern are super flattering. Clever features include a loop for holding sunglasses, a water-resistant pocket for cash, keys, or other valuables, and a pocket with a built-in bottle opener.
To buy: $135; californiacowboy.com.
Swing-A-Way Jar Opener
Never ask for aid opening a jar again with this adjustable opener, which can latch on to a range of jar sizes and pops stuck lids open with a simple twist.
To buy: $10; williams-sonoma.com.
Mark & Graham Commute Laptop Sleeve
This large leather laptop sleeve keeps computers safe and secure—and it also has smart pockets for a phone, keys, cards, cash, chargers, and more. Keeping all that in one essential spot makes swapping bags, commuting, and running to meetings a little easier, particularly because it means there’s just one item to carry.
To buy: $149; markandgraham.com.
Coyuchi for Life
The circular subscription option from textile and home company Coyuchi sends fresh towels, sheets, and other linens to subscribers for a low monthly fee. Users can request new linens—even linens in different colors, sizes, and styles—every 6, 12, or 24 months, so towels and bedding never get worn out. When it’s time to swap out linens, they can be renewed, exchanged, bought, or returned, and Coyuchi will renew, upcycle, or recycle returned items, offering a more sustainable option to maintaining fresh linens without contributing to landfills.