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.


CRG2 Stow-It Storage Container


Stow your child's number-two pencils in this handy three-in-one plastic container. The lid includes a built-in pencil sharpener, and the bottom twists off to store erasers and other small supplies.

To buy: $9; officedepot.com.

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RIF6 Cube


Screen movies or share vacation photos with this two-inch portable wonder. It easily connects to phones, laptops, tablets, and gaming consoles to project a 120-inch display onto a wall or other surface.

To buy: $250; amazon.com.

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Port and Polish Pillbox


Discreetly store prescriptions or vitamins in a case no bigger than an iPhone. Includes inset mirror, seven-day compartments, and a top cover that closes snugly.

To buy: $15; portandpolishco.com.

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Wet/Dry Cordless Vacuum


Save on paper towels with this lightweight lithium wet/dry hand vacuum. Perfect for gooey messes, it can hold up to six ounces of liquid.

To buy: $45; amazon.com.

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Saint Olio Cleaner


This all-natural option gets its cleaning power from essential oils (like grapefruit and spruce) and castile soap. It works on countertops, floors, and just about anything else. Comes in three spa-like scents.

To buy: $20; ofakind.com.

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SI Play


Manage your child's sports league like a pro with this free app. Coaches and parents can sign up to schedule practices, update game scores, and even figure out who's on snack duty. After the game, parents can upload photos and videos to share with other families in the league.

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