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By Real Simple
Updated July 10, 2013
David Meredith

Thoughts, p. 4

The Simple List, p. 8

Editor’s Note, p. 21

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 23
    How do you make travel less stressful?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 27
    What book helps you relax?

The Realist

  • June at a Glance, p. 29
    Father's Day
  • Worth Sharing, p. 30
    Your monthly status update from across the Web
  • New Uses for a Golf Tee, p. 32
  • Trend Worth Trying, p. 34
  • Real Simplifier, p. 36
    Making a toast
  • Fresh Pick, p. 38
  • Now What?!?, p. 40
    Smart solutions for life’s little disasters
  • Little Helpers, p. 42

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 45
    Author Elizabeth Berg meets her old self while visiting an old home and discovers how far she has come
  • Modern Manners, p. 51
    Catherine Newman on how to stop a pal from texting you constantly
  • Expertise, p. 55
    Five types of friends everyone should have

The Guide


  • The Real Simple 2013 Organizing Challenge, p. 61
    Ready to tackle your messiest spaces once and for all? Our yearlong series is here to help. This month: a whole-house makeover
  • Outdoor Decor, p. 75
    Furniture and accessories to enjoy your backyard in style


  • Dream It, Do It, p. 83
    How mental imagery can help you be healthier, stronger, and happier
  • 15 Minutes and You're Done, p. 91
    Kettlebell workout


  • Real Steals, p. 99
    Cool, casual looks to beat the heat—on the cheap


  • Pretty Smart, p. 113
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Road Test, p. 120


  • Have No Fear, p. 125
    Smart strategies to help you—and your kids—trump any terror


  • Moneywise, p. 132
    Ways to save this summer; common billing errors to watch out for; job-reference etiquette


  • Pretty Organized, p. 140
    Striking pieces and ideas to declutter (and beautify) any room in your house
  • Good-Bye, One-Trick Pony, p. 148
    Want to switch up your everyday style? Real-life hair makeovers—no cutting required
  • 50 Books That Will Change Your Life, p. 156
    Esteemed authors from all genres share the Most Important Book they've ever read


  • Top This!, p. 168
    From pork to salmon to beefed-up beef, six delicious ways to reinvent the burger
  • There's the Rub, p. 177
    Rubs, marinades, and sauces for anything you throw on the grill
  • Quick Takes, p. 184
    10 ideas for barbecue sides
  • Things Cooks Know,187
    Grilling strategies, techniques, and tips—from the Real Simple kitchen to yours
  • Road Test, p. 188
    Frozen treats
  • Nutritional Index, p. 190

Credits, p. 191
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