6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
August to August Calendar
Ideal for students, teachers, and parents, this unique calendar begins in August—just in time to get schedules in order for the new school year. The 13-month spiral-bound calendar also includes page markers, an address book, an expense record, and note pages.
To buy: $17, containerstore.com.
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Use this self-adhesive magnetic tape to easily display keepsakes—postcards, photographs, art projects, and more—on your refrigerator.
To buy: $10, neatlysmart.com.
Power up this portable light via a USB port that plugs into your computer (no batteries required!), then clip onto your favorite book to continue reading well past lights out.
To buy: $20, moleskine.com.
White XXL Binderclip
You want an officemate that works overtime? Try a supersized clip with three unique uses: Secure up to 300 sheets of paper, clamp to your desk to keep your purse off the floor, or stand upright to display photographs.
To buy: $5, poppin.com.
Origami Cutting Board
Designed with flexible sides, this cutting board transforms from a flat surface that’s ideal for slicing and dicing into a bowl fit for serving.
To buy: $20 for two, shopmastrad.com.
Protect your phone (and all the personal information on it) by installing this free security app. The software not only backs up your data but will also store your phone’s last known location so you can locate it when it goes missing. If your phone is stolen and the thief attempts to alter the device, Lookout will snap a selfie of the thief and e-mail it to you along with a map of the device’s GPS coordinates.