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. Pick up reusable snack bags, a luxe travel sheet, and more elevated essentials to make your holiday season just a little bit easier.
Parkland Veggie Snack Bag
This set of reusable pouches is dishwasher-safe and food-safe. The two sizes mean you can bring everything from mixed nuts to homemade sandwiches on the move, and the adorable pattern means they’ll never be forgotten.
To buy: $15; parklandmfg.com.
Five Two Bamboo Cutting Board
This much-loved cutting board sold out on its first round, but now’s your chance to get one. A juice groove keeps spillover from meats, fruits, and veggies from sullying your countertop, and a slim smartphone slot keeps your phone (and stand-in cookbook) upright and in-place, so you can refer to the recipe (hands-free) while you chop and cook.
To buy: $59; food52.com.
Dove Foaming Hand Wash in Lemon & Goji Berry
Stock up on soap in the bathrooms and kitchen before guests arrive to make sure everyone has clean hands this holiday season. This option has five times more moisturizers than other hand washes, so everyone can wash up as much as needed without braving cracked knuckles and dry hands.
To buy: $3; walmart.com.
S’well Eats Food Container
Lunch gets a whole lot fancier with this nesting set, which includes a vacuum-insulated, Teakwood exterior bowl and an inner prep bowl. Mix up a salad, soup, acai bowl, and more in the prep bowl, and keep it at the perfect temperature until lunchtime thanks to the chic outer bowl.
To buy: $50; amazon.com.
Ettitude Travel Sheet
Just in time for holiday travel, this lightweight, portable sheet lets you bring top-notch bedding with you wherever you go, even if your travels mean you end up sleeping on a distant relative’s aging sheets. Breathable and moisture-wicking, this one-size sheet has corner ties to keep it in place and a reusable drawstring bag for storage—and it’ll help you feel like you’re sleeping in your own bed, wherever you lay your head.
To buy: $60; ettitude.com.
Richer Poorer The Women’s Quarterly Subscription Box
For just $28 per shipment, this quarterly (i.e., deliveries every three months) sock delivery from Richer Poorer will ensure your toes are cozy and your socks are hole-free all year long. Seasonal curation promises socks you’ll wear when you receive them, too, so you can be sure your feet are dressed as appropriately as the rest of you.