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.


Liquid Palisade by Kiesque


Before applying nail polish, paint-on this protector around your cuticles. After it dries, a barrier will form that you can peel off post-mani to reveal a salon-quality job.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.

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LiteCup No-Spill Nightlight Cup


Keep a glass of water on your child’s nightstand without fear of waking up to spills. This no-spill cup softly glows so it’s always in sight—even if sleep is still in their eyes.

To buy: $17; thegrommet.com.

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Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide


Not sure what that light on your dashboard means? Can’t tell if that smell is coming from inside the car or from something on the road? Keep this DIY guide to auto maintenance in your glove box for all the answers when something’s gone awry. Written by Patrice Banks, a former engineer turned mechanic who owns and operates an all-female-operated garage, this book is focused on helping women change their relationship with the cars they drive.

To buy: $17; amazon.com.

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Brumi Pour Over & Cold Brew To-Go Bottle


Drip or instant coffee just won’t do? Well, you won’t have to skip out on your morning pour-over or cold brew if you’re running out the door. This double-walled glass bottle does the work for you—helping you brew your perfect cup right in the bottle.

To buy: $37; food52.com.

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Good Grips Flip-Down Sinkware Organizer


This sink essential features a perforated base to help keep everything dry and a fold-down arm that holds soapy sponges in use.

To buy: $10; amazon.com.

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IKEA Place


IKEA's new augmented reality app lets you virtually place 3D and true-to-scale home products from the iconic Swedish brand in your home. Use it to see if that dining table will fit on your rug, or if that oversized sofa is too large for the sitting room, eliminating measuring tools completely. Save the items you want, take a picture and send to your housemates, and even purchase furniture and accessories, all in the free app.

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