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.


Nunzio Saviano Dry Shampoo Blotting Sheets


Blotting papers—for your hair! These rice papers are infused with transparent powder that absorbs oil from hair without leaving behind a chalky residue.

To buy: $24 for 50; amazon.com.

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OXO Good Gravy Fat Separator


Though you should indulge on Thanksgiving, that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in some prep work to make your meal all-around healthier (and just as delicious!). This easy-to-use measuring cup separates the fat from your gravy (and has a strainer to catch any unwanted bits), all with the squeeze of a trigger.

To buy: $25; amazon.com.

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Velo Sock


Keep your floors clean—even after muddy rides—with this stretchy casing. It prevents sand and dirt on tires from touching your floors and walls if your bike needs to be stored indoors or in the back of the car.

To buy: $55; amazon.com.

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Spanx Arm Tights


Transition your favorite sleeveless dresses into winter wear with this clever new layering piece. These long-sleeve crop tops are made from your favorite tights material and totally seamless, so they won’t add the bulk of a turtleneck or tee.

To buy: $30; shop.nordstrom.com.

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Whisk Wiper


Push this genius tool over your whisk before mixing, and when it’s time to clean, just slowly remove—the flexible attachment will scrounge up every last drop of batter. Attachment works as a spatula, too, so cleaning up the bowl becomes easy, too. Includes a perfectly sized metal whisk, too.

To buy: $19; amazon.com.

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You might not be able to put shaving your legs on autopilot, but you now can set it and forget it in terms of buying your razor heads. For $9, you receive a starter kit with a magnetic holder, two five-blade razor cartridges, and a handle (in one of four pleasing colors!). Choose how often you receive additional razors—one a month, once every two months, or even only four times a year. Doesn’t matter—your box will always be $9.

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