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.


IceMule Classic Cooler


The ease of a backpack meets the functionality of a hard cooler with this waterproof carryall. Insulating foam keeps 12 cans (plus ice) cold for up to 24 hours.

To buy: $42; ems.com.

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Tovolo Ground Meat Tool


This nylon utensil has a raised fin for breaking apart ground meat, a tapered edge for scraping, and perforations that make draining fat a cinch. It's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe, too.

To buy: $7; surlatable.com.

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Like a grown-up sippy cup for picnics, this glass tumbler holds a generous pour and has a grippable silicone sleeve. Twist the lid to keep liquid contained on the go.

To buy: $25; southmoonunder.com.

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Shiseido Inkstroke Eyeliner


Sold with a substantial brush, the pot has a V-shaped stake in the center to wipe off excess liner for a neater rim and application. Lay the brush flat, then drag the gel across lids. Or create less-intimidating dashes and fill them in. Eight hours later, no smudges.

To buy: $30; shiseido.com.

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The Balance Journal


This felt-covered notebook features encouragement for both mindfulness and productivity. Use the labeled "do" pages to make lists and plans and the "undo" pages for creative contemplation. The journal invites you to rate your work each week and offers regular mindfulness exercises to help you break free from the daily grind.

To buy: $35; liveundo.com.

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Coyuchi For Life


Because nothing beats a fluffy new towel: This premium-linen subscription service will send you a set of organic cotton towels (or sheets or a duvet) every six, 12, or 24 months. Best of all, it will also upcycle or recycle your old textiles.

To buy: From $5 per month; coyuchi.com.

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