Featured in May 2000

See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

Photo by Martyn Thompson
  • Letter from the Editor, pg. 22
  • Your Letters, pg. 32
  • Small Pleasures: Spring fever, pg. 36


Money, pg. 46
A painless way to save for retirement, college, or a rainy day

Online, pg. 52
Should you invest online? What you need to know before you start

Changes, pg. 58
How starting over after a fire made a family rethink its priorities


Clean Sweep, pg. 68
The fastest, easiest way to clean your kitchen

Streamlining, pg. 74
Give away what you don’t need―and benefit the causes you believe in


Looks, pg. 84
Low-Maintenance Nails: Three simple steps: Soften, shape, and shine

Home, pg. 92
Calmer Bedrooms: How to make sure you get a good night’s sleep

Food, pg. 100
Pantry Dinners: Really great meals that start with a can opener

Streamlining, pg. 108
Simpler Handbag: Edit, organize, miniaturize―and give your back a break

Clothes, pg. 116
Living Color: Wake up your wardrobe with a bright splash of color


Health, pg. 128
The truth about calcium and how much you need

Head Start, pg. 136
Five easy pizzas that all begin with frozen dough


Serenity, pg. 146
Learning to meditate is a real investment in yourself

Rituals, pg. 152
Simple cooking tasks can help you unwind at the end of a day

Friendship, pg. 161
How two sisters stay best friends, a country apart

Meditation, pg. 168
Polishing the silver