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 Produce Bags


If you feel wasteful bagging produce with plastic, shop with these reusable bags. They keep your fruits, veggies, and herbs organized, and their nylon-mesh material means you can wash everything right in the bag when you return from grocery shopping.

To buy: $9; amazon.com.

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OXO Squeeze and Pour Silicone Measuring Cups


It’s about time your measuring cups got an upgrade—and these silicone ones won’t disappoint. A featured outer honeycomb pattern controls heat, so its surface is cool to the touch, even right out of the microwave. And because of the silicone material, these cups are remarkably flexible, allowing complete control over spout size when pouring.

To buy: $5 to $20, depending on size; containerstore.com.

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Convertible Planter


A plant’s needs can change with the seasons, so shouldn’t your planter be able to accommodate? This sleek option flips between standing or hanging, so you can display your greenery wherever the light is best.

To buy: $30; uncommongoods.com.

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12-in-1 Kitchen Multi-Tool


Swap out an entire kitchen drawer with this 12-in-1 cooking doodad. Includes a cheese grater, corkscrew, bottle opener, fork, knife, spoon, and more. Perfect for his condensed bachelor’s pad or her tiny city kitchen.

To buy: $28; nordstrom.com.

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3-Pc. Space-Saving Non-Stick Cookware Set


Calphalon’s stackable cookware line will have you wondering what to do with your new cabinet space. This three-piece set includes an 8-inch frying pan, a 2.5-quart chef’s pan, and a lid. They items are oven-safe and can be stored in any order. Additional stackable pieces are available, as well.

To buy: $99; macys.com.

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Old Navy Superbox


Have Old Navy kids apparel shipped straight to your door every season with the brand’s new Superbox. Pick a style, size, and gender, and a stylist will ship six mix-and-match pieces valued over $100. Keep the whole box for $70 (and save $10 off your next box!), or ship back what you don’t want within 21 days for free.

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