6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 15 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


Empower NiteBright Ultra Reflective Fleece Headband


For the runner pounding the pavement after dark, this high visibility headband reflects light and can be spotted by cars more than 450 feet away.

To buy: $15, empowerfitness.com.

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Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste System


Want a brighter smile without the trouble (or the cost) of a whitening treatment? This toothpaste system buffs away stains (step 1) before you whiten (2), for a more brilliant result.

To buy: $21, amazon.com.

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Paddywax Terrain Candles


These botanical-scented candles arrive in hand-painted ceramic vessels that can be upcycled into a planter after the candle is burned.

To buy: $26, paddywax.com.

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Velvet Champagne Set


Whether you gift it to a friend or keep it for yourself, this two-part set will come in handy for the holidays. Sturdy champagne pliers provide leverage for freeing a cork, and the stainless-steel sealer keeps unfinished bottles bubbly.  

To buy: $30, rabbitwine.com.

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Revlon Pro Collection One-Step Dryer and Styler


Shave crucial minutes off your morning routine with this handy styler. It blasts hot air to dry hair and has massage ball tips to smooth, saving you a step and arm fatigue.

To buy: $50, target.com.

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Tweed Wolf


This expert service edits, arranges, and prints your best photos, then creates a custom album that's delivered to your door. Yes, it's pricey, but the results are well worth it—you'll have a gorgeous photo album (no effort required) that will last you a lifetime.

To buy: $270, tweedwolf.com.

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