Real Simple’s mission, through its 19 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. Smart home decor, workday essentials, and a multipurpose hydration tool are all here to make your days just a little bit easier, no matter what life throws at you.

By Lauren Phillips
August 23, 2019

Zevo Flying Insect Trap Starter Kit

Plug this low-profile bug catcher into an out-of-the-way outlet, and prepare to enjoy a bug-free space. The trap uses light—not chemicals, smells, or noise—to attract and hold bugs, so you can live life as usual, just with fewer pests buzzing about.

To buy: $17;

Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Can with Voice and Motion Sensor

For truly chaotic kitchens, this fingerprint-proof (and microbe-stopping) trash can offers a cleaner way to toss food scraps and other waste. The lid opens on voice command (or with the motion sensor). Without having to touch a thing, not even a foot pedal, the risk of spreading germs or potential foodborne bacteria is lessened—and the sleek finish (available in five colors) makes the can itself a work of art.

To buy: $200;

HydroFlask 64 oz Wide Mouth

Staying hydrated is an ongoing struggle, sure, but this oversized bottle can make it a little easier, especially if the day’s plans include venturing far from the nearest water fountain. Vacuum insulated, the bottle is sure to keep all 64 ounces of water ice-cold for as long is it takes to drink it.

To buy: $60;

IKEA SYMFONISK WiFi bookshelf speaker

This slim, subtle, wall-mountable speaker can become part of any décor, providing high-quality sound without looking like a bulky piece of tech. Set it on a bookshelf, hang it as its own floating shelf, or mount it up high in a high-traffic room—no one will know it’s there until music starts to play.

To buy: $99;

Fable Crate

Premium furniture and top-notch pet care meet in this good-looking dog crate, which can double as a side-table. The minimalist opening and materials make the crate look more like a resting spot than a traditional pen, so dog and owner alike can feel better about putting it to use.

To buy: $275;


For manageable lawncare without harsh chemicals or sprays, try Sunday, a new company that sends nutrients chosen through an analysis of soil, climate, and satellite data. Sunday’s systems establish a personalized lawncare plan for your lawn and send all the nutrients necessary to make green grass happen. Annual subscriptions start at $129 and include all necessary tools (namely, a hose attachment for spraying the nutrients) and three shipments.