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By Real Simple
Updated July 12, 2013
Gentl & Hyers

Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 10

Editor’s Note, p. 29

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 31
    What is the secret to aging gracefully?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 34
    What is the best advice you’ve gotten from a book?

The Realist

  • August at a Glance, p. 37
    All about sea glass
  • Worth Sharing, p. 38
    Your monthly status update from across the Web
  • New Uses for a Bobby Pin, p. 40
  • Beauty Boost, p. 42
    Honey-infused products
  • Trend Worth Trying, p. 44
  • Now What?!?, p. 46
    Smart solutions for life’s little disasters
  • Real Simplifier, p. 48
    How to sleep on an airplane
  • Fresh Pick, p. 50
  • You Can Make This, p. 52
    Printed pillows icons by Felix Sockwell
  • Little Helpers, p. 54

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 57
    How Leigh Newman’s family camping trip cast her husband (and her) in a new light
  • Modern Manners, p. 63
    Catherine Newman weighs in on sidewalk etiquette and oversharing strangers
  • Expertise, p. 67
    Five things you should never lie about

The Guide


  • Real Steals, p. 75
    Chic and affordable black-and-white prints


  • Pretty Smart, p. 89
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Beauty With Brains, p. 95
    How to protect the delicate skin on your neck and chest
  • Road Test, p. 99


  • The Real Simple 2013 Organizing Challenge, p. 101
    Ready to tackle your messiest spaces once and for all? Our yearlong series is here to help. This month: the dresser
  • This Is the Sofa for You!, p. 105
    Dozens of gorgeous options that fit your lifestyle and budget to a tee
  • Outdoor Cleaning 101, p. 115
    The best ways to wash exterior services—from the deck to the grill
  • Road Test, p. 123



  • Finding Your Roots, p. 143
    How to make your ancestry search easier, with online genealogy tools and expert strategies



  • Live Long and Prosper, p. 158
    The secrets to healthy (and happy) aging, according to scientists and centenarians
  • Light Bright, p. 168
    A charming Charleston, South Carolina, home blends practicality and polish with ease
  • A Change of Mind, p. 176
    One woman’s candid story of her husband’s mental illness—and what it did to their family


Credits, p. 217
Where to buy products featured in this issue

10 Under $50, p. 220

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 222