Brigitt Earley Brigitt Earley is a freelance writer and editor based in New Jersey. She spent the bulk of her career as an editor for Real Simple, where she learned how to tackle tough stains, how to fold a fitted sheet with ease, and how to bring order to even the most cluttered space. Today, she is a regular contributor to a number of lifestyle publications, including Oprah Daily and Apartment Therapy. When not writing, Brigitt's busy raising four children, experimenting with new recipes, and needlepointing. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.