Featured in April 2000

See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

  • Letter from the Editor, pg. 28
  • Contributors, pg. 40
  • Small Pleasures: Walking in the Rain, pg. 45


Life

Money, pg. 58

Why one credit card is better than ten―and how to decide which one to keep

Changes , pg. 66
The unconventional choice that led one woman to a more satisfying life


Online, pg. 74
Make short work of a tedious task by paying your bills on the Internet

Systems, pg. 82
Simpler record-keeping: The only things you really need to save



Home

Clean Sweep, pg. 90
The fastest, easiest way to clean your bathroom

Streamlining, pg. 94
How to get off the junk-mail circuit―permanently

Practical Solutions, pg. 100
Fresh ideas for doing less laundry



Center

Food, pg. 108
One-Dish Wonders: Five fast weeknight dinners you’ll make again and again

Clothes, pg. 114
The New Basics: Four easy-to-wear pieces that really work

Nature, pg. 122
Natural Beauties: Fresh flowers that need no arranging

Looks, pg. 132
Two-Step Skin Care: One system, two products, no time at all

Home, pg. 140
Serene Spaces: How to bring simplicity and serenity into your home



Body

Health, pg. 150
What antioxidants are, and why you need them in your diet

Nutrition, pg. 160
It’s not just what you eat; it’s how much. Why portion size matters

Fitness, pg. 168
Yoga works more than your body; it lifts up your mind and your spirits

Head Start, pg. 176
Really, really easy ice cream desserts

Stress Reduction, pg. 184
Looking for lower-stress living? Follow the Three-Quarters Rule



Soul

Rituals, pg. 192
How to create special moments in your day for reflecting and recharging

Friendship, pg. 198
Using short notes and postcards to stay in touch with friends

Passions, pg. 204
Even if you’ve never laid a finger on a barre, you can study ballet as a grown-up

Meditation
A wake-up call, pg. 212