6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Overcrowded entryway? Time to make every inch of that small space work a little harder. Sling your coat or purse around this easy-to-mount circular hook and stash keys, phones, and other small items inside the nook.
To buy: $12, containerstore.com.
Featured January 2014
Baker’s 13 Baking Mat
With printed circles, which instuct the baker on where to place the cookie dough, and a high-quality nonstick surface, it’s easy to make perfect chocolate chip treats—every time. The mat also works as a nonstick cooking surface for pizza, potatoes, and more.
To buy: $15, bakers13.com.
Whether fumbling with your keys to open the back door or struggling to find something in that black hole of a purse, this small adhesive LED light can help. Smaller than a nickel, this long-lasting light (shines for up to five years) adheres to just about anything and provides enough light for those unexpected moments when you wish you had a flashlight.
To buy: $9 for four, thegrommet.com.
Boltbox Retractable Charge Cable
Tired of bulky, tangled power cords taking up valuable real estate in your drawers? Made to work with 5th generation Apple devices, this power box features a retractable charge-and-sync cable that extends up to 3 feet and coils into a compact cube.
To buy: $30, flight001.com.
Earn Money for Charity by Exercising
If you’ve resolved to hit the gym this year, log your miles with this free app to cash in on your hard work. Simply choose a charity, open the app, and, as you walk, run, or bike, the app will donate money to your charity. Bikers earn 10 cents per mile, while walkers and runners earn 25 cents per mile (up to the initial $1,000,000 corporate sponsorship pool).
Lost and Found Kit
If you’re constantly replacing your child’s lost belongings (lunch boxes, sports equipment, you name it!), use these smart tags to help ensure your items find their way back. The water- and tear-proof stickers, which use GPS technology to locate your gear, easily adhere to everything from backpacks to headphones.
To buy: $25 for eight, findercodes.com.
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