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 a post-soak indulgence, an umbrella that can withstand even the chilliest wind, and a kitchen tool that can whip up tasty snacks all season long, preparing for late fall and winter has never been easier.
This reusable filter fits inside standard-sized water bottles, instantly turning them into a cold brew machine that you can take on the go.
To buy: $20; uncommongoods.com.
One umbrella really can last a lifetime (or at least several years)—this compact option proves it. This umbrella can withstand up to 55 mile-per-hour winds and offers 37 inches of coverage, keeping you dry through any storm. Best of all, it has blunt tips, so you can wield it in crowded areas (even on your commute) or send it to school with the kids without worrying about someone’s eye getting poked out.
To buy: $59; amazon.com.
Whether you’re planning a warm-weather escape this fall or winter or you plan to spend time soaking in a hot tub, this retro-inspired robe offers the perfect coverage. The terry cloth lining dries you quickly, an interior tie keeps the robe in place, and a water-resistant dry pocket can hold your phone and other accessories; lounging somewhere warm (or imagining that you are) has never been easier.
To buy: $148; californiacowboy.com.
Give a fresh home manicure a little more staying power with this UV-activated top coat, which seals on exposure to sunlight to maintain a fresh coat of polish’s gloss and shine, extending the life of a manicure by up to eight days.
To buy: $12; amazon.com.
This countertop-sized air fryer offers powerful frying power without taking up half the kitchen. It can air fry up to 2.5 pounds of food, has an easily cleaned stainless steel exterior and nonstick interior, and has a viewing window, so you can drool over your food while it cooks.
To buy: $83; amazon.com.
Plenty of apps help you find a relationship, but Relish takes dating and romance a step further by helping you build a healthier, more connected relationship. The app (developed in collaboration with relationship science pros) uses lesson plans, quizzes, activities, and one-on-one sessions with a relationship coach to help couples grow together. A seven-day trial is free, after which the app is $100 per year for up to two users.