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. Make each day, week, and month a little less complicated with a palm-sized desk cleaner, a guacamole saver, and more.
Guac-Lock Guacamole Preservation Container
This container has an airtight seal that keeps oxygen out, keeping your green guac from browning and letting you enjoy it longer. Also good for hummus, salsa, and tzatziki, this container also has an adjustable base, so you never have to scrape the sides for the last bites.
To buy: $20; thegrommet.com.
Zippo HeatBank 9s Rechargeable Hand Warmer
Shaped to fit your grip, this hand warmer is powerful enough to warm your palms during a chilly hike but sleek enough to use in your freezing office. It can run for up to nine hours and even doubles as a portable charger.
To buy: $50; zippo.com.
World’s Smallest Vacuum
Palm-sized and powerful, this mini vacuum is the just-right side for sucking up desk messes—including crumbs and dust in your keyboard.
To buy: $15; urbanoutfitters.com.
Hex Wet Dryer Sheets
These dryer sheets—available scented or non-scented—reduce static cling and soften clothes without ruining the performance fabrics in your favorite workout gear. They have all the benefits of standard dryer sheets and help preserve the stretch and sweat-wickability of your gear.
To buy: $9; hexperformance.com.
Google Nest Wifi
End buffering forever with the new Nest Wifi, a mesh wifi system that brings steadier, stronger wifi to every corner of your home. Pick up a router and one, two, or three points to spread the signal across the whole house. The router connects to your wifi modem and casts a reliable signal; if something does go wrong, it offers helpful diagnostics so you can solve the problem.
To buy: From $169; store.google.com.
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