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By Real Simple
Updated December 28, 2012
Real Simple January 2013
Credit: David Meredith

Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 10

Editor’s Note, p. 18

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 20
    What is the secret to a good night’s sleep?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 22
    What is your favorite short story?

Trends Worth Trying

  • Better Than Basic, p. 25
    Dip-dye housewares
  • Five-Minute Wow, p. 26
    Big bangs
  • Style Revival, p. 28
    Friendship bracelets for grown-ups
  • 10 Finds Under $50, p. 30


  • New Uses for Holiday Lights, p. 32
  • Ask Real Simple, p. 34
    Does drinking milk from the container contaminate it?
  • Problem-Solvers of the Month, p. 35
  • Start With, p. 36

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 39
    Writer Stephanie Booth on the heartbreak of giving up her dream home—and on gaining back her happiness
  • Modern Manners, p. 45
    Catherine Newman on dealing with neighbors’ marauding dogs
  • Expertise, p. 48
    5 ways to supercharge your productivity

The Guide


  • Pretty Smart, p. 52
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Road Test, p. 57
    Body moisturizers


  • Can I Get a Transcription for That?, p. 61
    A handy dictionary to help you understand medical jargon


  • Real Steals, p. 67
    Snuggly and stylish weekend wear for $100 or less
  • Quality, Deconstructed, p. 75
    The smart shopper’s guide to buying a blazer


  • Wall Calendars, p. 77
    Six display-worthy options that will keep you up-to-date
  • Road Test, p. 80
    Stick vacuums


  • Moneywise, p. 80
    Thinking about making a charitable donation? Here’s how to vet the options. Plus, 10 organizations that Real Simple loves


  • 10 Things Your Mother Never Taught You, p. 88
    She may know best, but it’s impossible for her to know everything. This expert advice should take care of the rest
  • The Real Simple 2013 Organizing Challenge, p. 96
    Ready to tackle your messiest spaces once and for all? This yearlong series is here to help. First up: the kitchen
  • One Shirt Fits, Flatters, Favors All, p. 102
    Six stylish women celebrate the ultimate closet staple: a white button-down


  • The Dinner Party, Decoded , p. 110
    A foolproof plan—complete with recipes, a shopping list, and a timeline—to keep you calm so you can party on
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 118
    Strategies, techniques, and tips, from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours
  • Quick Takes, p. 120
    10 ideas for soup
  • Road Test, p. 122
    Natural nut butters
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 125
  • Nutritional Index, p. 136

Credits, p. 137
Where to buy products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 142
Exclusive savings on goods for book lovers

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 144