Real Simple’s mission, through its 17 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.
Taco Serving Kit and Storage Box
After-school (and after-work and after-practice) dinners can be a little less scattered with this kit, which has ingredient bowls and taco holders ready for use—all you have to do is add the ingredients. The pine and birch box keeps it all contained for next week’s Taco Night.
To buy: $85; uncommongoods.com.
Crated Party in a Box
Spend less time stressing over party-planning and more time enjoying the actual party with Crated’s party-in-a-box kits, which offer unique (and gorgeous) party themes, decorations, and supplies in one compact shipment. With themes ranging from Hot Air Balloon (pictured) to adult-appropriate color schemed sets, the boxes come in three sizes and serve a minimum of eight guests, with add-ons to serve more guests available. A la carte party supplies are also available.
To buy: From $39;
Changing seasons and dropping temperatures mean later sunrises and earlier sunsets—leaving you increasingly in the dark on morning or evening runs and walks. Make those essential activities safer (and trip-free) with these high-powered lights, which go neatly inside RunLites’s fingerless gloves and illuminate your path (and you, to other pedestrians and to drivers) with no effort on your part.
To buy: From $20 for gloves, LED lights sold separately;
This 3-in-1 kitchen tool serves as a spoon rest, a jar opener, and a suctioned handle to turn plates into lids (to replace all those lids you’ve lost). It can attach to lids, countertops, and tables and hold even the slipperiest spoon in place. Plus, it’s BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.
To buy: $20 for two;
Dreambly Laundry Sheets
Pop one of these essential oils–scented, biodegradable sheets in with your laundry as detergent, and leave it in with your clothes when you transfer everything to the dryer. Each sheet serves as stain remover, detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheet, and they’re made with all-natural ingredients—a win-win situation for all involved.
To buy: $19 for a pack of 40 wipes;