6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 15 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.




The hair accessory that does it all: In addition to clipping back your bangs, this barrette functions as a ruler, nail file, box opener, bottle opener, serrated knife, screwdriver, scraper.

To buy: $10, animicausa.com.

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Evriholder Cutlery Clean’R


Suction this scrubber to the side of your sink, add some dish soap, insert the heads of your cutlery, and repeat until clean. The real benefit? It’s so easy your kids can do it.

To buy: $7, surlatable.com.

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Cantilever Cooking Utensils


Thanks to a weighted handle, the heads of these cooking utensils rest above—not on—the counter to keep your kitchen clean during dinner prep.

To buy: $15, ilovehandles.com.

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Mino Footwear Compression Tracker


This slim battery-operated shoe insert sits underneath the liner of your sneaker and keeps track of your steps. After 400 miles of use, the LED light illuminates to let you know it’s time to replace your kicks.

To buy: $15, thegrommet.com.

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Solvetta Placemat Lunch Bag


Keep your workspace clean—even if you eat lunch at your desk. When unzipped, this roomy lunch tote lays flat to become a (machine washable) placemat.

To buy: $25, thegrommet.com.

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MyHeart Counts


This free app syncs with the Apple Health App (as well as any wearable activity device) to measure your activity and assess your risk score of heart disease or stroke. You’ll receive recommendations on how to improve your “heart age” and fitness levels. In return, researchers use the data to analyze the nation’s heart health.

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