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.


Compact Tripod


Weighing just two pounds, this aluminum stand extends to 61 inches to support a smartphone or small camera and features a removable telescoping column and Bluetooth remote for snapping selfies.

To buy: $175; amazon.com.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook

Space-Saving Packing Cubes


Organize your suitcase with these durable nylon pouches. Sharing a bag? The sets come in seven colors so you can quickly tell whose is whose.

To buy: $50 for five; mumidesign.com.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook

Artful Earplugs


These reusable polyurethane beauties will add a bit of flair to your rest routine. And the neon colors ensure they won't get lost at the bottom of your bag.

To buy: $17; store.moma.org.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook


Travel Toothpaste Adapter


Hotels rarely provide toothpaste, so take yours to go. This set includes a handy adapter that connects your full-size tube with a travel-size one for easy filling.

To buy: $7; containerstore.com.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook

Two-in-One Toiletry Bag


Streamline essentials with this case, which holds cosmetics in the zippered top compartment and jewelry in the softly lined lower one.

To buy: $40; containerstore.com.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook

Google Photo Books


The brand's latest feature enables users to design a hard- or soft-cover book in minutes. Search your photos by people or places and the app will automatically curate the best-quality images to include. 

To buy: $10; photos.google.com.

Photo by google.com