6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 19 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. A travel-ready yoga mat, a helpful coffee table, and a wall-mounted smart home assistant are all here to make each day a tiny bit smoother.
Weatherman Travel Umbrella
Portable and powerful, this packable umbrella has reinforced fiberglass plastic to prevent inverting and breaking, water-repellent Teflon-coated fabric, and a canopy able to resist winds of up to 45 miles per hour. Staying dry on the go has never been easier, and an optional Droplet Bluetooth tracker add-on—plus an app to tell you when it’s going to rain—ensures you’ll always have this umbrella when you need it.
To buy: $55; weathermanumbrella.com.
Alo Travel Mat
Keep up with your yoga routine—or stretching, or pilates, or whatever mat workout you can’t miss—wherever life takes you with this ultra-light, thin mat, which has a no-slip matte-black top and a thin cushion that offers a little support but still fits in a suitcase.
To buy: $80; aloyoga.com.
Brandless Razor Starter Kit, Designed for Body
Free of gender-specific branding, colors, and scents (and the associated fees), this for-all razor kit is good for any body. The starter kit comes with two cartridges and a weighted handle in an on-trend minty hue, and razor refills (plus unisex shave gels) are also available.
To buy: $8; brandless.com.
Burrow Bento Coffee Table
This low-profile coffee table is a good-looking addition to any laidback living room, but the smart storage hidden inside—plus the three removable, rearrangeable trays that can serve as lap desks, food trays, and more—makes it an invaluable multi-tasker.
To buy: $495; burrow.com.
Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation)
This latest iteration of the Google Mini offers all the Google Assistant capabilities you know and love, plus a more powerful speaker and a new wall-mounting option, so your smart home device can truly blend into the background.
To buy: $49; target.com.
Nike Adventure Club
For little ones who seem to outgrow (and out-wear) shoes quicker than you can buy them, try Nike Adventure Club, a new subscription box from Nike and Converse that delivers a fresh pair of sneakers to your door as often as every month or as little as four times a year. Each pair of shoes (which you can select online ahead of delivery) arrives in a personalized box with activities to get your kid outside and playing (in their new shoes, of course). Shoes in sizes 4C to 7Y are available.