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. From a waterproof (and cute) tote to an accessible home protection tool, these clever items will solve just a few of life’s little problems.
Bake and cool cookies on the same pan with this two-in-one, nonstick tray, which also allows more even heat distribution thanks to the perforations.
To buy: $40; williams-sonoma.com.
Petite enough to fit in a car cupholder or on a desk, this portable, personal humidifier offers up to ten hours of continuous mist, keeping your skin and hair moisturized and refreshed, even if winter dryness is beginning to set in. The built-in nightlight offers a soft glow, too, so you can enjoy the spray and some calming visuals all night long.
To buy: $39; urbanoutfitters.com.
This keypad and siren can be paired with any of Kangaroo’s sensors to offer an audible alarm solution to anyone unable (or unwilling) to install a permanent security system. The keypad design and included tags allow residents or frequent visitors to disarm the alarm, and the siren will even pick up smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, so you’re doubly protected at home.
To buy: $70; heykangaroo.com.
Ship books, clothes, shoes, and more non-fragile items without boxes, tape, and other cumbersome shipping supplies with the new Flex and Seal line, which adheres to itself for convenient, quick packing. Simply cut enough from a roll to cover your item, place the item in the center, and press the Flex and Seal material shut around the item. Shipping holiday gifts or single items just got a whole lot easier—and less bulky.
To buy: $10; amazon.com.
Available in 11 sleek colors and patterns, this large, durable bag can go anywhere you do—and its waterproof pockets will make sure your gear stays safe the whole way. With brushed gold hardware and a vegan leather crossbody strap, it’s good for travel, the pool, the gym, and beyond.
To buy: $150; loganandlenora.com.
Grow your very own citrus tree wherever you live thanks to Via Citrus’s delivery service, which brings fresh, live Florida citrus trees to your home. Enjoy your choice of three different, small-scale trees, complete with fruit you can try eating or just use as decoration.