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.

1

Nitey Leash

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On your evening walk, be easily seen by motorists up to a quarter mile away with this five-foot-long, water-resistant lead. It illuminates end to end using fiber optics and has steady and blinking modes.

To buy: $25; amazon.com.

Photo by Nitey Leash
2

Skura Style Sponges

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The design on this odor-resistant, antimicrobial sponge fades with use, over roughly two weeks, as a gentle reminder to toss and replace. Choose between once-a-month and every-other-month delivery.

To buy: $12 for four; skurastyle.com.

Photo by Skura
3

Paincakes

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A definite upgrade from frozen peas, this nearly three-inch-wide cold pack is reusable and has a self-sticking backing to cover aches and conform to curves.

To buy: $15; thegrommet.com.

Photo by Paincakes


4

Single Arc Candle Lighter

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An electrical arc is produced at the end of this butane-free wonder to light your favorite candle up to 300 times. Recharge it with the included USB cable, as you would a smartphone.

To buy: $30; theusblightercompany.com.

Photo by USB Lighting Company
5

Weldela Wild Rose Deodorant

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If you use aluminum-free deodorant, you may want to reapply it during the day. This (nonaerosol) spray makes that easy. Rose and ylang-ylang essential oils hide any stink.

To buy: $14; dermstore.com.

Photo by dermstore.com
6

Chatbooks

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Create a personalized photo book with a designer cover as a thank-you for your holiday hostess or "just because" for your BFF. Best for six- or eight-inch square photos, though other sizes can be cropped to fit.

To buy: From $8; chatbooks.com

Photo by chatbooks.com