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Credit:  Harry Allen

Thoughts, p. 6

Contributors, p. 15

Editor’s Note, p. 24

Your Words

Trends Worth Trying

  • Destined to Be a Classic, p. 39
    A water-resistant carryall
  • One for All, p. 40
    Sophisticated lavender nails
  • Two Women, One Look, p. 42
    Short suits
  • Five-Minute Wow, p. 44
    Statement mobile
  • Everyday Indulgence, p. 46
    Fresh, new scents
  • 10 Finds Under $50, p. 48


  • 10 Years of New Uses for Old Things, p. 51
    Organizing New Uses, p. 52
    Cleaning New Uses, p. 54
    Food New Uses, p. 56
    Entertaining New Uses, p. 58
    Style New Uses, p. 60


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 65
    Essay-contest winner Andrea Avery on when she realized she was a grown-up
  • Modern Manners, p. 71
    Julie Rottenberg on on how to deal with time-suckers
  • Expertise, p. 75
    John Freeman on 10 time-savers that don't really save you time

The Guide



  • Real Steals, p. 97
    Bargain hunters, rejoice! Inspiring finds, all less than $100
  • 10 Years of Fashion Time-Savers, p. 106
  • Spring Shopping Made Easy, p.111
    The best new pieces from five of your favorite stores





  • What Makes My Life Real Simple, p. 189
  • Finish My Room!, p. 190
    Real Simple helps women (finally) complete their stalled decorating projects
  • The New Easy, p. 198
    Foolproof spring looks to carry you from morning to midnight
  • Their Gifts of Time, p. 206
    Five dedicated people, five inspiring causes
  • If You're Going to Stop and Smell a Flower, Make It a Gardenia, p. 212
    Twenty-two everyday delights worth spending time on


Credits, p. 277
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 280
Exclusive savings on time-saving services

Real Simple to Go, p. 282