Featured in October 2007

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On the Cover

The Perfect Fit
Are you gaping, pulling, or (aargh) just too tight? How to get pants, shirts, jackets, and dresses to hang and hug the way they should―at last, pg. 205

Fear Factor
Take a deep breath: Whether you’re afraid of spiders or flying, public speaking or clowns, there are practical tactics for making 16 common fears disappear, pg. 247

America Gets Organized
Real Simple went on a mission, clearing out clutter from coast to coast. Steal these strategies to shape up your own little corner of the map, pg. 312

The Perfect Roast
A toast to the roast. Here, all you need to know to produce meltingly tender beef, flaky tarts, and five other low-maintenance dishes, pg. 340

Five Easy Dinners
Potato and leek flat bread with greens? It’s quick, healthy, and all in a week of dinners, pg. 357

Fall’s Best Produce
How to select and store autumn’s cream of the crop, pg. 375

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In This Issue

Thoughts, pg. 10

Why Not?, pg. 17

Editor's Note, pg. 35

Contributors, pg. 36

Everyday Celebrations
Carve some fun into fall with a day of pumpkin picking, jack-o’-lanterns, and treats to get everyone in high spirits, pg. 41

Your Words
What’s the last thing you do before going to bed at night?, pg. 55

Simple Solutions
Choose between juice and cider; fourteen products that help breast cancer charities; what makes “fair trade” products fair; discovering the history of a Halloween tradition; and more, pg. 71

Life Lessons
She saved; he spent; they fought. For the sake of their marriage, they had to balance their differences, pg. 97

The Organizer
Organizational woes? You’re not alone. Real Simple staffers get the help they need with tips from clutter-control professionals, pg. 173

The Motivator
Congratulate yourself, says life coach Gail Blanke. A little praise goes a long way, pg. 303

Beating Depression
Her life seemed perfect, but Sherri Walton constantly battled dark moods. Experts explain how depression can go undiagnosed, pg. 348

Credits, pg. 388

Real Life

Meet reader Adelina Reda DeChard, a Florida mother who wishes there were drive-through grocery stores. (Who doesn’t?), pg. 394

Real Simple to Go, pg. 396

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