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.
This simple table has a handle for easy carrying, so you can move it around your room (or the entirety of your home) as needed. Dwellers of compact spaces will love its small size and ability to serve as a coffee table, a side table, or even a dinner table; frequent entertainers will appreciate being able to move it to wherever the guests are.
To buy: $135; uncommongoods.com.
EarthKind Stay Away Ants
Keep ants away—sans toxins and harmful chemicals—with these compact pouches, which contain natural repellents that force ants to stay far, far away from your picnic or barbecue. Stay Away Ants can even be used indoors, in kitchens and other problem areas.
To buy: $9; amazon.com.
OMie Mat & Towel Set
Simplify your yoga routine with this two-in-one set, which includes a durable rubber mat and an absorbent microfiber towel for hot yoga sessions (or sweaty yogis). The towel attaches to the mat with a zipper, so you never have to mess around with a shifting towel during your Sun Salutation again.
To buy: $149; omieyoga.com.
With top and bottom UV light sanitizers, this little case can kill 99.99 percent of the bacteria on your phone, effectively sanitizing the filthiest item you use—and even press to your face—every day. The device fits all phones, and it even has a port for your charger, so your phone can power up while it’s cleaned.
To buy: $60; amazon.com.
Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener
Carry beer or cider bottles safely and securely in this attractive caddy, which allows your adult beverages (or non-alcoholic alternatives such as glass soda bottles or juices) to go wherever you do. The caddy also boasts a bottle opener, so you’ll never be forced to Google “how to open a beer bottle without an opener” again.
To buy: $30; uncommongoods.com.
Bunny Beauty Box
Hop on the subscription box bandwagon ethically with the Bunny Beauty Box, which ships four or five full-sized, vegan, cruelty-free beauty products to your door every month. A portion of sales goes to an animal rescue non-profit, and monthly subscriptions are available, with pre-paid three- and six-month options also available. The monthly subscription starts at $35 per month.