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.


Tooletries Silicone Succulent Wall Planter


Reminder: Counter space isn’t a requirement for adding greenery to your house. These silicone planters adhere to your windows (or other smooth surfaces), allowing you to add a touch of flora wherever you please.

To buy: $12; urbanoutfitters.com.

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ChargeHub X5


Upside to USB chargeable devices? The battery life. The downside? Endless plugs, cables, and not enough outlets. Swap out the charging clutter for this streamlined hub, which quickly charges up to five USB devices at a time using just one outlet.

To buy: $40; amazon.com.

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Grand Trunk Weekender Compression Pack Cubes


This compression pack zips every which way to slim down a weekend’s worth of clothing to fit into a personal item. Take that, basic economy.

To buy: $39; moosejaw.com.

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KUM Pencut Scissors


Who needs bulky scissors when you can have this improved slimline model. Shaped like a pen, it’s compact enough to safely carry in a pencil case, but still cuts as well as a standard pair.

To buy: $24; officedepot.com.

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Savor Wedding Keepsake Library


Keep all the special trinkets from the big day tidy in this library-style organizer. Complete with drawers, files, folders, and labels, every keepsake from the ceremony and celebration can have its own designated place. The vertical system snugly fits on a bookshelf, so the memories are always accessible. We think it makes a perfect wedding gift for the couple who already has everything.

To buy: $100; uncommongoods.com

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Nextdoor Halloween


You already use Nextdoor (a free, private social network) to stay in the loop with what’s going on in your neighborhood. But did you know it offers a special function, just for Halloween? You can figure out exactly whose house to visit, as well as the safest, optimal route using Nextdoor’s Treat Map—a secure, neighbors-only map where residents can mark if they’re giving out candy or even hosting a haunted house.

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