See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

By Real Simple
Updated August 04, 2005
Bill Phelps

Now Hear This, pg. 45
Ten telling stories: how to tell a joke, a secret, whether fruit is ripe...and more.

The New Classics, pg. 220
Little black dress? Been there. Denim jacket? Done that. Find out which wardrobe items are today's timeless staples.

Office Space, pg. 232
No expensive additions, no commandeered closets ― just ways to create a home office that fits the room it's in.

Fresh from the Garden, pg. 240
A Maine couple turn summer's bounty into easy, delicious dishes. You can, too, with these five recipes.

Get Happy, pg. 248
Glad tidings from the world of science: To a surprisng degree, you can control your own happiness. Here's how.

It's Never Too Late, pg. 256
Meet five women who discovered that there's no age limit to realizing a dream.

Simple Solutions

Garden Guide, pg. 61
Plant an Endless Summer hydrangea for long-lasting blooms next summer.

New Uses for Old Things, pg. 62
A clear shoe organizer for spice bottles; wineglasses that hold votives, and more.

Modern Manners, pg. 66
Dealing with the friend that cancels.

The Organized Life, pg. 68
Put your toiletries in a logical order.

Healthy Habit, pg. 70
Pair foods; get health benefits.

Products of the Month, pg. 71
A hair dryer that automatically shuts off when you put it down; lipstick on paper that fits in a wallet.

Easy Upgrade, pg. 74
A fabric-covered canvas as art.

Fake It, Don't Make It, pg. 76


Thoughts, pg. 16

Your Words, pg. 55
If I knew then what I know now, I would have...

The Awakening, pg. 81
It was the perfect size for the pillow fights, sleepovers, and snuggling of family life. But with his children growing up, writer George Howe Colt contemplates downsizing his and his wife's Big Bed.

Postscript, pg. 188
An excerpt from the book, 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons From Teaching, by Phillip Done.

In Every Issue

  • Why Not?, pg. 18
  • Contributors, pg. 382
  • Editor’s note, pg. 40
  • Credits, pg. 302
  • Real Simple to Go, pg. 308