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.


Chef’n Palm Zester


This plastic orb fits in the palm of your hand and features a channel knife to turn rind into ribbons. Even better, it collects the bits of citrus while you zest, for less mess.

To buy: $8; chefn.com.

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Spoon & Strain Tongs


Set this slotted silicone tool by an ice bucket for easy serving or use it to grab a bay leaf from a pot of soup. When the tongs are pointed up, a gravity lock mechanism in the handle closes for compact storage.

To buy: $10; shopdexas.com.

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Toddler Bapron


Soft and stain resistant, this smock fits kids from sizes 6M to 3T. It ties in back so tots can’t wiggle out, and it’s waterproof so you can rinse it clean.

To buy: $20; bapronbaby.com.

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SuperGoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40


With this clear gel, wearing sunscreen every day doesn’t feel like a chore. No white cast or oily residue, and it protects against UVA, UVB, blue light, and infrared rays—so your skin has invisible armor.

To buy: $32; supergoop.com.

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Brookstone Twist-Bit Pro Screwdriver


Just load the cartridge with three bits, then pull up, twist, and push down to use whichever one will get the job done in this clever 12-in-one tool. Also comes with a removable magnetic flashlight, so you can see exactly where you’re working in otherwise dark areas.

To buy: $25; bloomingdales.com.

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Key Ring


Key Ring lightens the load on your key chain by storing all your loyalty cards (and gift cards) in one place for easy access. Bonus: The app lets you create and share shopping lists and find coupons and nearby sales.

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