6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 16 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


MeasureUP Adjustable Beakers


Condense your measuring cups into one sleek container with an adjustable, microwave-safe beaker. The sliding band allows you to measure different ingredients in the same vessel, without any mental math. The set nests for easy storage, too.

To buy: $30 for a set of three beakers, chefn.com.

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In-Out Alarm Clock


Put alarm malfunctions to bed with this dual-display clock. As long as the smaller screen on top is visible, the alarm will go off. Big buttons and bold displays make it super simple to set. Available in six fun, bold colors.

To buy: $45, lexonusa.com.

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Joco Cup


If you’re looking for a new to-go mug, this should be your go-to option. Unlike other thermal mugs, this environmentally-friendly cup is made with chemical-free, dishwasher-safe glass—meaning no metallic taste to your brew. The silicon sleeve not only adds a burst of color, but it also keeps your hands from getting too hot.

To buy: $25, jococups.com.

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Sometimes you need a spoon. Sometimes you need a ladle. But sometimes you need both. With a simple twist of the handle, this tool becomes just what you need. Use the silicone tip to sauté mirepoix or the half-inch deep ladle to scoop and serve soup.

To buy: $20, dreamfarm.com.

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Mobot Foam Roller Water Bottle


This steel water bottle does more than just rehydrate on the go—it relieves muscle tension, too. The sculpted foam outer acts as a durable foam roller, while also adding insulation to keep your drink cool. 

To buy: $50, mobotnation.com.

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Nervous flyers take note: This app will help predict how smooth (or bumpy) your ride will be—and hopefully ease anxiety from takeoff until landing. Using iPhone sensors, SkyGuru explains unfamiliar sounds and motions that occur in-flight—even if your phone is in airplane mode. Before you board, check out weather patterns and understand how the forecast will affect your travel.

Photo by myskyguru.com