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.


Reusable Shopping Cart Bags


Rest this set of four tote bags onto your cart to keep your groceries organized while shopping, checking out, and unloading. Each color-coded bag is designed to hold up to 30 pounds, and balances on the cart via two plastic rods (also comes with hooks for extra-wide carts). This eco-friendly option eliminates the need for paper or plastic bags, too. 

To buy: $30; thegrommet.com.

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Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine Cool Touch Microwave Bowl


Been burned too many times by grabbing your lunch container out of the microwave? These double-walled bowls keep the outside of the dish cool to the touch, without sacrificing any of your food’s heat.

To buy: $15 for two 18-ounce bowls; amazon.com.

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Mini Mushroom Table Vacuum


When things get a little messy during dinner, just put this cute mini mushroom to work. Its powerful AA battery-powered vacuum is perfect for sucking up crumbs on and around the table.

To buy: $13; worldmarket.com.

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Waterpik Water Flosser + Sonic Toothbrush Complete Care 5.0


Clear up counter space and keep those pearly whites nice and healthy with this two-in-one water flosser and sonic toothbrush. Both tools are adjustable and easy to use, so it’s easy to incorporate into your twice-daily routine. 

To buy: $99; bestbuy.com.

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Rent The Runway Update


Keep your wardrobe updated with the latest high-end styles, without dishing out upscale prices. With Rent the Runway Update, pick out four pieces—dresses, jackets, purses, jewelry, and more!—from more than 200 of the hottest brands for $89 a month. Wear them for a month, then send them back to Rent the Runway—they’ll make sure they get dry cleaned—and pick four new pieces to be sent. Don’t want to say goodbye to that fabulous dress? Your membership gives you a discount to purchase your most-loved pieces.

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Biolage Hydasource Aqua-Gel Conditioner


For all the fine-haired ladies: Conditioner is no longer your frenemy. This water-gel formula nourishes your scalp without leaving strands as flat as a pancake.

To buy: $13; ulta.com.

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