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.


Peekaboos Hat


Hidden openings in this cozy wool hat keep your head warm and your ponytail in place.

To buy: $37, peekaboos-hats.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman, prop styling by Mai Tran

Cleaning Schedule Kit


There’s no shame in needing a little help remembering when it’s time to clean the different rooms in your house. Add this premade, checklist-style cleaning schedule to your planner, and you’ll have an organized system to follow.

To buy: $17 for a three-month kit, amazon.com.

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Party in a Box


Say goodbye to holiday party planning stress. Instead, have the party come to you (via your mailbox). Each kit includes festive—and totally Instagrammable—tableware and décor.

To buy: $69, littlemisspartyinabox.com.

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Duo Sectional Colander


Use this sectioned colander to rinse two kinds of produce without mixing them. Or, remove the divider to easily drain a pot of pasta. The sturdy strainer is dishwasher safe, too.

To buy: $24, uncommongoods.com.

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Pet Wellness Mat


There’s a reason your dog likes sleeping on your bed so much—it’s much more comfortable than the floor. Treat your dog to his or her own orthopedic mat to lounge on with this chew-proof, polyurethane mat. Unlike a conventional dog bed, it never absorbs pet hair or odors.

To buy: From $100, amazon.com.

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