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. Learn about a keyboard that won’t irritate your neighbors (or sound unpleasant to your own sensitive ears), a safe ring cleaner, and headphones you’ll love wearing, all here to make your life the tiniest bit easier.
Orbit Smart Ring Cleaner
Give precious rings the care they deserve with this smart ring cleaner, which gently (and safely) cleans diamonds, gemstones, gold, and platinum to return them to their original shine.
To buy: $20; amazon.com.
Brabantia Stackable Laundry Box
These stackable, foldable laundry hampers have two openings and sturdy handles, so you can open and close them, move them around, and even store them away as needed.
To buy: $29; bedbathandbeyond.com.
For high-quality sound without the harsh look of many headphones, try this uber-comfortable set, which feature padded ear covers and a relaxed look—plus more than 30 hours of wireless playtime on a single charge.
To buy: $150; urbanears.com.
IKEA LURVIG cat house with pad
This small resting spot for cats fits neatly inside a modular IKEA bookcase, giving your shelving unit yet another function and eliminating the need for a piece of separate pet furniture (unless you really want one, of course).
To buy: $10; ikea.com.
Logitech MK470 Slim Wireless Combo
For desk workers in need of a little quiet, this compact keyboard and mouse set offers sleek, durable work accessories that are also incredibly quiet: The keyboard is whisper-quiet and the mouse is noise-reduced, so you can work anytime without disturbing those around you—perfect for those without the luxury of a private office.
To buy: $50; amazon.com.
For a more personable approach to getting your spending in line, turn to Cleo, a smart, digital financial assistant that connects directly to your bank accounts (securely, of course) to offer practical (and sometimes snarky) insights into your finances. Message Cleo through Facebook Messenger to ask if you can afford to buy something or check in on your budget for the month; the service will even tell you how much you can save and transfer the money for you. The basic service is free, and an advanced version is $5.99 per month.