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.




This clever car accessory has two elastic straps that wrap around your car's passenger seat to keep belongings secure enroute. No more spilled groceries, leaking plants, or overturned purses.

To buy: $9, whoaband.com.

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Leifheit Click System High Duster


Clean hard-to-reach places with an angled duster that's designed to navigate around curtain rods and into tight corners. The stiff bristles tackle dirt more effectively than a feather duster.

To buy: $15, bedbathandbeyond.com.

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OXO Good Grips Hand-Held Spiralizer


Create noodles out of zucchini and cucumbers (or make curly fries from potatoes and yams) with this clever appliance. The food holder protects your hands from the blade and acts as a protective cap when stowed.

To buy: $15, containerstore.com.

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Crackling Candles


No fireplace? No problem. These hand-poured candles crackle as they burn, so you can still get nice and cozy on chilly nights. The three seasonal scents will help set the mood—choose between Sweater Weather, Mulled Cider, and Snow Day.

To buy: $18, uncommongoods.com.

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True Lipz Flash


This gorgeous gloss has a built-in light and a convenient side mirror, so you can touch up your lips—even in a dimly lit locale, like a restaurant. A variety of paraben-free ingredients ensure each swipe is hydrating, too.

To buy: $19, truelipz.com.

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Perfect for parents who often travel for work or for grandparents who live across state lines, this app lets families read stories together—despite the distance. Each account can accommodate up to five people. Available for download in Google Play and iTunes.

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