6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 17 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


Mug Warmer


The advent of cold and flu season means constantly sipping on warm beverages. This clever warmer keeps your mug of tea at a perfect temperature the whole time you’re enjoying it.

To buy: $8; amazon.com.

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Scrape-A-Round Ice Scraper


This ice scraper’s innovative design applies direct pressure and conforms to your car window’s curvature to defrost your windows in half the time.

To buy: $9, amazon.com.

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Keep your dirty house slippers off your clean couch with this clever blanket. The oversized plush fleece blanket features a pocket on one end to slip your feet into, keeping them warm and cozy—and your couch spotless.

To buy: $40; pedipocketblanket.com.

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USB Hand Warmer


Freezing at your desk? Just plug this portable hand warmer into your computer for a little extra warmth. Its rechargeable battery means you can stick it in your pocket or purse for other chilly situations.

To buy: $20; urbanoutfitters.com.

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Newborn Cozie Fleece Bootie


If your happy newborn has a habit of kicking off her booties, switch to these fluffy fleece-lined stockings. They have a secure two-snap closure that comfortably keeps the shoes from coming off.

To buy: Starting at $15; amazon.com.

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Informed Delivery


Don’t bear the cold to grab the mail, just to be greeted with a pile of junk. USPS’s free new Informed Delivery app shows you a digital preview of letters and packages arriving soon, so you know exactly what’s to expect when you check the mail.

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