6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 19 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. With air freshening tools that travel with you, an easier travel tool, and a pour-over coffee solution that doesn’t cost a fortune, these picks have you covered at home and on the road.
Place this pretty cone over almost any mug (it fits most standard sizes) for an instant pour-over coffee maker. Simply follow the magic pour-over formula to get delicious coffee straight into your favorite mug, no bulky machine necessary.
To buy: $25; lecreuset.com.
Bring good scents with you everywhere (especially in the car) with this portable electric diffuser. Simply plug the USB cable in anywhere you can charge a phone—think your car or cubicle—for subtle fragrance all day long. The scents stop when the diffuser is unplugged, so you’re not wasting good smells on an empty car or office.
To buy: $50; amazon.com.
Give knives a thorough scrubbing without risking cut fingers with this sink-side attachment, which has a resting space for a sponge and a bristle-lined box that both washes knives and protects the blades.
To buy: $15; kuhnrikonshop.com.
For habitual business-trippers, this compact rolling suitcase offers both professionalism and convenience on quick work trips and weekend getaways alike. The built-in front pocket and removable accordion keep work documents and devices secure, and a built-in compression pad and included laundry bag make sure clothes are in meeting-ready shape.
To buy: $245; awaytravel.com.
Keep lipstick off teeth and fingers with this handy tool, which replaces the finger trick (and the resulting lipstick stains on fingers) for preventing lipstick teeth. (It also doubles as a blending tool for goopy lip color.) Lipstuk is made of dishwasher-safe, food-grade silicone and slips easily into a purse or pocket—perfect for on-the-go lipstick reapplications.
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
Gather mailing addresses for wedding guests, sans headache, with Minted’s free address collection service. You pick a digital card that matches your wedding stationery (consistency is key, after all) and input guest’s email addresses (or get a shareable link). Guests will be prompted to enter their mailing info, and Minted will tuck it all away for save the date and invitation sends. The list can even double as your guest list for place cards and thank you notes—and you’ll never have to dig around for an address book again.