See what was in this issue of Real Simple.
Credit: James Wojcik

Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 10

Editor’s Note, p. 23

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 24
    What will you do differently this year?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 26
    Who is your favorite fictional character?

Trends Worth Trying

  • Destined to Be a Classic, p. 31
    An artful alarm clock
  • One For All, p. 32
    Wide belts
  • Two Women, One Look, p. 34
    Boyfriend cardigans
  • Everyday Indulgence, p. 36
    Dressed-up makeup bags
  • 10 Finds Under $50, p. 38


  • New Uses for Old Things, p. 41
  • Problem Solvers of the Month, p. 44
  • Shortcut, p. 46
    How to get better Google search results

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 49
    Elizabeth Berg on her difficult yet comforting talk with an old friend
  • Modern Manners, p. 55
    Julie Rottenberg on the protocol for returning gifts. Plus, your etiquette questions, answered
  • Expertise, p. 58
    Lee Eisenberg on 10 ways to spend smarter this year

The Guide


  • Healthy Hair With Less Hassle, p. 62
    The low-key, low-cost way to get great hair
  • Road Test, p. 64
  • 15 Minutes and You’re Done, p. 67
    A stronger lower back in just a few moves
  • You, Improved, p. 74
    How to reboot your body after the holidays; plus, surprising superfoods that pack a nutritional punch
  • Real Steals, p. 77
    Update a wardrobe essential―white shirts under $60
  • Fit Lab, p. 85
    Find a T-shirt bra to fit your frame perfectly
  • Decorating With, p. 91
    Purple. Soothe your senses with lavender walls, or be bold with regal plum accents
  • Make Over My…, p. 97
    Real Simple creates a made-to-order information center for a busy family of six
  • Road Test, p. 102
    Pet brushes


  • What Makes My Life Real Simple, p. 105
  • How to Save $5,000 This Year, p. 106
    Your money manual for 2010. Cut costs on food, clothing, health care, and more
  • Reimagine Your Bedroom, p. 116
    Update it to reflect your favorite style with just a few easy tweaks
  • Nine Secrets of Motivated People, p. 122
    Achieve your goals this year: effective tricks to help you stay the course


  • You’re Getting Warmer, p. 128
    Six hearty soups and stews to warm you inside and out
  • Road Test, p. 137
    Chopping gadgets
  • Quick Takes, p. 140
    Ten fast (and delicious) recipes for ground beef
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 143
  • Nutritional Index, p. 148