Featured in May 2014

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Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 12

Editor’s Note, p. 25

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 27
    What smart tool helps you stay organized?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 30
    What contemporary book will stand the test of time?

The Realist

  • May at a Glance, p.  35
    New-baby smell: It’s a real thing
  • Worth Sharing, p. 36
    Monthly status updates from across the Web
  • New Uses for a Carabiner, p. 38
  • Trend Worth Trying, p. 40
    Nautical accents
  • Fresh Pick, p. 42
  • Now What?!?, p. 44
    Smart solutions for life’s little disasters
  • Beauty Boost, p. 46
    Charcoal skin care
  • Real Simplifier, p. 48
    How to lead a group
  • Little Helpers, p. 50


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 55
    Elizabeth Berg describes how one moment of regret taught her the importance of giving
  • Modern Manners, p. 64
    Catherine Newman on dealing with dietary restrictions, disgruntled relatives, and more
  • Expertise, p. 69
    Five things you should know about your mom

The Guide


  • 31 Ways to Get Organized Now, p. 76
    Budget-friendly must-haves and ingenious ideas for every room in the house
  • Ask the Organizer, p. 91
    Your most confounding clutter conundrums, solved


  • Rays of Hope, p. 97
    Everything you want to know about laser treatments
  • Road Test, p. 102
  • Pretty Smart, p. 105
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity


  • Wait for It, p. 111
    Smart strategies to help you and your kids be more patient


  • Happy Feet, p. 119
    This season’s newest sandals, from minimalist to maximalist
  • Your Ultimate Color Guide, p. 127
    The secrets to wearing it well
  • Trend Analysis, p. 135
    The best tropical prints for your body type


  • Wallflowers in Bloom, p. 147
    Anyone can become more socially confident. Here’s how
  • The Decoder, p. 159
    Tooth whiteners
  • 10 Minutes and You’re Done, p. 165
    Plank workout


  • Moneywise, p. 169
    The best hotel rewards programs; what to ask at a job interview; the pros and cons of extended auto warranties



  • Mother-in-Law & Order, p. 178
    Why is the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship so fraught? And how, exactly, can you make it better?
  • Yard-Sale Spectacular, p. 186
    The comprehensive, no-fail plan to cash in on your castoffs
  • Simply Breathtaking, p. 192
    These sexy one-piece swimsuits will blow you out of the water



  • Cheat Sheets, p. 206 
    To make these six delicious dinners, all you need is a basic sheet pan and an oven. Done
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 215
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips—from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours
  • Road Test, p. 217
  • Quick Takes, p. 222
    10 ideas for avocados
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 225
  • Nutritional Index, p. 237



Credits, p. 238
Where to buy products featured in this issue

10 Under $50, p. 242

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 243