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.




Fit a disposable half-pan into one of these lidded pan holders for an easier way to transport and serve your favorite dish at potluck and picnics. When you’re ready to head home, free yourself from dirty dishes and attempts to retrieve your favorite Pyrex—just leave the leftovers in the disposable pan with the hosts.

To buy: $20; amazon.com.

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Grand Trunk Footie Travel Blanket


Make flying economy class a little cozier with this travel blanket. Oversized, but still light, the blanket comes with a built-in foot pocket designed to keep your toes warm, too. Tuck it inside the included carrying case, and stow it in your personal item. Available in three different colors.

To buy: $60; moosejaw.com.

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Looeegee Toilet Squeegee


This re-imagined toilet wand is made up of 30 mini silicone squeegee blades to easily cut through bowl grime. Even better, it's drip-free and features a rust-resistant handle.

To buy: $40; dispenser.com.

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Peeps Carbon Eyeglass Cleaner


Say goodbye to smudged lenses with this convenient all-in-one glasses cleaner. Use its built-in bristle brush to remove any dirt or dust, and then sandwich lenses in between the two carbon pads to remove oil and other build-up.

To buy: $15; thegrommet.com.

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This ergonomically designed vegetable peeler fits in the palm of your hand, allowing you to peel quickly without sacrificing the safety of your fingers.

To buy: $7; surlatable.com.

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Trendsend by Evereve


Get Evereve’s chic, mom-focused clothing and accessories sent right to your door with their new subscription service Trendsend. Just fill out a style profile, and they’ll send you complete outfits, hand selected for you by a pro. Keep what you want; send back what you don’t. The best part? No styling fees, no commitments, and free shipping and returns. 

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