6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 16 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.




Mastered your homemade guacamole recipe? Keep it safe from oxidation longer with this airtight container. It also pushes the dip up from the bottom, so you’ll never have to scrape the sides for a good dollop for your chip.

To buy: $20, bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Wilton Decorative Pie Crust Impression Mat


Want an Instagram-worthy pie crust but don’t have the patience to score or crimp? Just press your dough into this silicone mold, and you’ll have strands of beautiful braids, ropes, pearls that you just apply to your pie.

To buy: $12, amazon.com.

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The Ringer


If that skillet pizza left a tough caked on mess in your beloved cast iron skillet, all hope is not lost. Use this stainless steel chainmail scrubber to easily remove stubborn food scraps without soap. So that means your perfectly seasoned skillet stays exactly that. Scourer looking a little grimy itself? Throw it in the dishwasher for an easy clean.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.

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Wrapeez Reusable Gift Wrap


Reduce waste this holiday season (and during any future gift-giving holidays) with this reusable fabric gift wrap. Simply pull the stretchy, printed fabric over each end to create a good-looking present that's ready to give—no matter how big, small, or oddly shaped the item is. No tape, paper, or scissors required. In two sizes and five colors.

To buy: Starting at $6, amazon.com.

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The Original Makeup Eraser


Streamline your nightly routine with this makeup eraser cloth. Drench in warm water (that’s it), then rub in circular motions. The 100 percent polyester fibers remove even waterproof mascara. Machine wash weekly.

To buy: $20, sephora.com.

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This service compiles relatives' stories and memories to help you connect with your family in a lasting and meaningful way. StoryWorth sends the recipients of your choice weekly prompts (they can be replied to via e-mail or audio recording) for a year. After 12 months, you’re sent a beautiful keepsake book that includes all the stories your family has shared.

To buy: $79 for a one-year membership, storyworth.com.

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