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By Real Simple
Updated December 08, 2011
January 2012 cover image of bedroom side table
Credit: Christopher Baker

Thoughts, p. 2

The Simple List, p. 4

Editor’s Note, p. 13

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 17
    What bad habit do you wish you could break?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 20
    What book helped you break a bad habit?

Trends Worth Trying


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 39
    Ann Hood on her history of holding grudges and how she learned to forgive
  • Modern Manners, p. 42
    Michelle Slatalla’s strategies for saying no without feeling guilty
  • Expertise, p. 44
    Five ways to increase your willpower

The Guide



  • Anti-Aging Style Secrets, p. 59
    Sometimes your outfit makes you look old before your time. Here’s how to reverse that trend


  • Pretty Smart, p. 64
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Road Test, p. 71
    Makeup removers



  • Get Out of Debt, p. 80
    An inside look at debt: why we accrue it and how to reduce it (the first in a special four-part series)


  • Sentimental Clutter, p. 86
    The art of letting go of emotionally charged stuff
  • Social Disgraces, p. 92
    An in-depth look at the most irksome social-media habits—ahem, oversharing—and how to tame them for good
  • Restyle Your Style, p. 100
    Simple twists to modernize your signature look, whether it’s classic or trendy
  • Get Over Overthinking, p. 106
    Easy-to-follow steps for muffling your endless (and negative) inner monologue


  • How to Fix Dinner, p. 112
    What you can do to correct 17 everyday cooking errors
  • Takeout Fake-Out, p. 122
    From Supreme Pizza to Shrimp Lo Mein, delicious recipes that taste like your to-go staples—but are better for you
  • Quick Takes, p.130
    10 ideas for easy breakfasts
  • Nutritional Index and Credits, p. 133

Discounts & Deals, p. 136
Exclusive savings on fireplace accessories

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 137