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.


Taylor Anywhere Timer


Secure this portable timer to your apron, the oven, or even your wrist to ensure dinner is never overcooked again. Thanks to a magnetized back, you can mount it to the fridge when not in use.

To buy: $10, amazon.com.

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Goverre Stemless Wine Glass


Thicker and more durable than a standard wine glass, this silicone-wrapped cup is designed for wine on-the-go. The accompanying lid makes for spill-free sipping.

To buy: $20, goverre.com.

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Erin Condren Gift Wrap Book


Complete with gift tags, holiday cards, decorative stickers, and reversible sheets of wrapping paper, this small, transportable book takes the stress (and clutter) out of gifting.

To buy: $22, erincondren.com.

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The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide


Great for the DIYer, this handy reference book is packed with detailed instructions (and expert tips) for a multitude of at-home projects. It's organized into five sections: kitchen, outdoors, home, gardening, and grooming.

To buy: $25, kaufmann-mercantile.com.

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Duo Coffee Steeper


Similar to a French press—but without the extra sludge and fear of over-extraction—this sleek coffee maker brews full-bodied coffee (both hot and iced) in just four minutes.

To buy: $99, fellowproducts.com.

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Submit selfies and fill out a skincare questionnaire through this app, and licensed dermatologists will review your photos and then prescribe a custom moisturizing formula based on your needs and medical history. When it's ready, the prescription will be delivered straight to your door.

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