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.
Dress up your bottle of wine—whether to give as a gift, put on display, or just keep at the proper temperature on-the-go—with one of these metallic, sustainable pouches, which can be frozen to chill whites or rosés or left at room temperature for reds.
To buy: $36; hyggelife.com.
Protect your neck, shoulders, and back from unnecessary strain with this bag of vegan leather and organic cotton, which you can carry as a tote until it gets too heavy (or you need your hands and arms free), at which point you can sling it on your back as a rucksack.
To buy: $165; uncommongoods.com.
If you’re prone to under- or over-watering your plants, you and your plant babies alike may be better off letting this smart planter take care of things. The water reservoir can keep plants hydrated for up to 12 weeks, so you can travel or practice hands-off plant parenting as much as you want.
To buy: $24; thegrommet.com.
Making your bed every morning just got easier, thanks to Crane & Canopy’s genius Nova duvet cover. The cover has a hidden zipper in the middle, for easier duvet insertion, and interior ties that keep the duvet from bunching up inside the cover. Best of all, the cover is two-toned, with a strip of fabric mimicking a top sheet that offers the on-trend layered look without careful bed-making, tucking, and folding every morning on your part.
To buy: From $139; craneandcanopy.com.
Never forget to feed the dog—or feed him or her twice—again with this simple tracker, which you can hang on a wall or on the refrigerator for daily reminders, especially if you have multiple household members charged with keeping the dog fed.
To buy: $10; amazon.com.
Shaving is now less of a hassle, thanks to the colorful gear from All Girl Shave Club. You can gift packs of razors (with three or five blades), playful storage pouches, shave butters, and more, or sign up for a subscription (starting at $5 per month) that supplies you with fresh blades every other month.