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.


Duck Brand Dry-Erase Tape


Wondering how old those leftovers are? Or if the pots in the dishwasher are clean or dirty? Stick this reusable tape on nearly anything and update it in a flash.

To buy: $3, walmart.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Invisibobble The Traceless Hair Ring


No matter how thin or how thick your hair, phone-cord-ish Invisibobbles grip it firmly without causing breakage, leaving an indent, or slipping. And hello? They’re really cute.

To buy: $8 for three, urbanoutfitters.com.

Photo by Jens Mortensen

Liquid Palisade by Kiesque


Before polishing your nails, trace your cuticles with this paint-on protector. Once dry, it forms a barrier that peels off post-mani, revealing the work of a steady hand.

To buy: $22, amazon.com.

Photo by Jens Mortensen


Divided Laundry Bag


Go to the dark side—and the light side—with this easy-tote sack that lets you sort as you fill. Great for dorm dwellers.

To buy: $15, justsolutionsproducts.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

The Renegade Broom


Get into the groove (of your deck, that is) during fall cleanup. The curved bristles on this handy sweeper make it easy to tackle pesky nooks and crannies.

To buy: $31, thehandycamel.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman

Price Patrol


This GPS-based shopping app lets users search the real-time price and availability of nearby or online products—then purchase the items directly within the app. If you're waiting for a price to drop, the app while notify you when the item goes on sale.

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