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Thoughts, p. 10

The Simple List, p. 14

Editor’s Note, p. 33

The newest Real Simple additions, p. 36

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 39
    How do you keep the main living areas in your home clutter-free?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 42
    What is your favorite first line of a novel?

Trends Worth Trying

  • Destined to Be a Classic, p. 49
    A foolproof centerpiece
  • One for All, p. 50
    Elizabeth and James convertible dress
  • Everyday Indulgence, p. 52
    Letter openers
  • Two Women, One Look, p. 54
    Maxi dresses
  • Five-Minute Wow, p. 56
    Glossed lids and rosy lips
  • 10 Finds for $50 or Less, p. 57


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 79
    Real Simple's Kristin van Ogtrop on finding time for friendships. (Is there any?)
  • Modern Manners, p. 85
    Julie Rottenberg on getting grandparents to accept a child's given name
  • Expertise, p. 89
    Jane Isay on how to forge better relationships with your (adult) siblings

The Guide


  • Beauty Brainteasers, p. 95
    When to wash makeup brushes, whether or not to dilute shampoo, and other cosmetic conundrums, answered
  • Road Test, p. 102
    Face cleansers
  • Beauty With Brains, p. 105
    Do you really get most of your sun damage by age 18?


  • Real Steals, p. 111
    Look great without breaking the bank. Summer clothes, all under $100
  • For Keeps, p. 127
    Gorgeous jewelry to give on Mother's Day (or keep for yourself)
  • The Classic, p. 141
    Wooden-soled clogs for every style and price



  • Decorating With Florals, p. 167
    Foolproof advice for incorporating these pretty prints
  • Speed Cleaning, p. 179
    A smudgeless, crumb-free computer in just five minutes
  • Road Test,  p. 181
    All-purpose cleaners


  • Cash in Your Castoffs, p. 184
    The best ways to get rid of your unwanted goods—and make a little money in the process
  • Moneywise, p. 195
    How to save on yard care; the best deals on laundry detergent; and whether or not to cosign a family member's loan


  • What Makes My Life Real Simple, p. 203
  • Dirty Jobs Made Easy, p. 204
    Don't put off dreaded cleaning chores. Here's how to tackle them in a few simple steps
  • Whatever Suits You, p. 212
    No matter your body type, find a swimsuit that will fit and flatter your figure this summer
  • The Best of Both Worlds, p. 222
    Why a combination of integrative and traditional medicines may be the healthiest approach
  • Happily Ever After in 351 Square Feet, p. 228
    How one couple learned to live with (a lot) less after losing their home in a fire


Credits, p. 290
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 292
Exclusive savings on Mother's Day gifts

Real Simple to Go, p. 294