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.


Side-Sleeper Pillow


Side sleepers, pregnant women, and those with lower back pain: This L-shaped pillow is designed especially for your nighttime needs. Its innovative design supports your head and legs, while reducing pressure on the lower back and aligning the spine, pelvis, and hips.

To buy: $70, thesnuggl.com.

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Portable Espresso Maker


If your office’s coffee maker is less than stellar, opt for fresh espresso made right at your desk with this portable, hand-powered machine. Simply add ground beans and hot water, pump a few times, and out comes a crema-topped shot. Not only is it small enough to stash in your work tote, but the design also features a built-in espresso cup, too.

To buy: $60, crateandbarrel.com.

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Nail Polish Stencils


Perfect for those who are all thumbs when painting their fingernails, these reusable stencils slip over each finger, shielding your skin from slip-ups. Each set comes with 10 different sizes, too, so there’s sure to be a perfect fit.

To buy: $3 for a set of 26 stencils, amazon.com.

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Fragrance Finishing Spray


Feel like your favorite fragrance doesn’t last through the day? Spritz on this moisturizing spray after your signature scent to make it last up to 12 hours. Stuff one in his stocking, too—It also works for cologne.

To buy: $24, hsn.com.

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Citrus-Infused Ice Cube Tray


Brighten up your drinks with some frozen citrus juice. This two-in-one reamer sends your fruit juice directly into an attached ice cube tray, so there’s no mess.

To buy: $10, amazon.com.

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Kindly Care


When you’re caring for an elderly parent or a loved one, finding affordable, vetted back-up care can often be a time-consuming task. Kindly Care helps you review, hire, schedule, manage, and pay caregivers—all via your smartphone or desktop.

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