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By Real Simple
Updated May 07, 2012
Real Simple June 2012
Credit: David Prince

Thoughts, p. 6

The Simple List, p. 8

Editor’s Note, p. 20

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 23
    What organizing project are you most proud of?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 26
    Seven addictive summer novels

Trends Worth Trying

Summer Gift Guide

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 57
    Author Dan Zevin on how a shopping trip to Costco helped him bond with his father
  • Modern Manners, p. 63
    Michelle Slatalla on whether you can do business with a friend without ruining the relationship
  • Expertise, p. 67
    Five ways to (subtly) change the topic

The Guide


  • Makeovers for Peace, p. 73
    Real Simple transforms a clutter-filled basement, closet, and teen’s room—and restores family harmony in the process
  • A Place for Everything (Else), p. 89
    Where to put awkward household items, like oddly shaped kitchen utensils and small toy parts



  • Pretty Smart, p. 113
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • The Bare Essentials, p. 119
    Pro solutions for your summer skin-care issues
  • Road Test, p. 128
    Nail polish



  • Moneywise, p. 137
    Tips to save when dining out; the most popular music-streaming services; all about rewards-point redemption fees



Credits, p. 204
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 210
Exclusive savings on clever storage products

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 212