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Real Simple

October 2019

Real Simple magazine provides smart, practical, beautiful solutions to make life easier—every single day. Each inspiring issue is packed with fast and delicious recipes, organizing and decorating ideas, great fashion and beauty finds, money-saving tips, and more. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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12 Issues

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editor’s note

Let us really show you around our ideal home. Click Here for how-to videos and a 360-degree stoppable view of the Real Simple Home. DID YOU KNOW that 32 to 36 inches is a good guideline for the distance between a light fixture and a dining table? That adding a simple tray for those small things that accumulate on the nightstand is an instant decluttering solution? That installing your own picture-frame molding doesn’t have to be intimidating—and that sometimes wallpaper on the ceiling isn’t such a crazy idea? I learned these tips and more from the designers and organizers who created the 2019 Real Simple Home (page 114), a family townhouse in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Again this year, the home is filled with decor and storage…

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your words

Do a pantry clean-out now. Create a menu using up the odds and ends so there’s room for holiday baking and cooking.PAMELA MORGAN-SEARS, RUSKIN, FLORIDA #RSLOVE “FUNCTIONAL DECOR IS THE PERFECT DECOR!” @CRAFTINGUPCUTENESS Declutter the house and have a yard sale. The weather is cooler, and less junk in the house makes it more organized. Plus, you get some pocket money. BRITTANY DENNIS, WHITEHOUSE, TEXAS Replace summer appliances (blender, ice cream maker) with fall ones (slow cooker, Instant Pot). @THEMEALPLANNINGMETHOD Leave some time for yourself and take a few breaths to declutter your brain.KRISTEN HADDEN, OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS Clean out your coat closet. You likely haven’t opened it much since last winter, so now is the time to decide what you need to replace or give away. KAYLA MARTELL, WILMINGTON, DELAWARE Make a gift list and knock out the…

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real simple 24/7

MEET FLAVIA NUNEZ ASSOCIATE FASHION EDITOR AT REAL SIMPLE My Happy Place: A tennis court. I’ve played since I was 6, and every time I step onto the court, my stress goes away. Everyday Uniform: There’s nothing like putting on a good pair of jeans, a plain T-shirt, and a blazer. One Item I Can’t Live Without: Sneakers! I wear them all day, every day. @FLAVIACNUNEZON INSTAGRAM 7 Ways to Sneak More Storage Clever tidy-up tips for tucking items into even the smallest of spaces. Read more at realsimple.com/extrastorage. Tour the 2019 Real Simple Home Explore the townhouse in Brooklyn, New York—full of design ideas and organization secrets—in a 360-degree video tour. Watch the video at realsimple.com/rshometour. Open and tap for Halloween tricks. 35 FAST DINNER IDEAS FOR ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK Short on time? Our quick yet filling meals are wholesome, affordable, and almost entirely homemade. Get the…

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the short list

Foodie Essays The next time you’re looking for a comforting personal essay, curl up with Eat Joy, a collection of food stories (with recipes and sweet illustrations) from a group of 31 notable writers, including Alexander Chee, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Claire Messud. Editor Natalie Eve Garrett breaks up the essays into four themes—growing pains, loss, healing, and homecoming—so readers can dip in and out as they like. Timely Advice Plenty has been written about the invisible work women shoulder at home, but there hasn’t been as much in the way of actionable advice. Enter Fair Play. Based on research and interviews with 500 people of different income levels, races, and backgrounds, author and organizational management expert Eve Rodsky outlines a hands-on strategy to divide tasks and achieve householdharmony. Juicy Drama In All This Could…

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book-related goods

CHIC SPECS Avoid straining your eyes while reading with these pink-and-tortoiseshell magnifying glasses that pair well with just about any outfit. TO BUY: Surrey Lane Reading Glasses, $90; scojo.com. BRIGHT IDEA Not a plain old clothespin, this ingenious placeholder has a built-in LED so you can continue turning pages in the dark. TO BUY: Booklight Clothespin, $10; kikkerland.com. 1 MAKE YOUR MARK Flag meaningful passages with these paper-thin and easy-to-remove metal markers. TO BUY: Book Darts Metal Line Marker, $15 for 125; thegrommet.com. 2 LENDING LEDGER Attach this old-school library card to your favorite novel to ensure borrowers return it in due course. TO BUY: Library Card & Pocket, $1.50; presentandcorrect.com. 3 ALL-TIME FAVORITES Immortalize your most beloved books with a custom archival print. TO BUY: Custom Print by Jane Mount, from $105; idealbookshelf.com. 4 STATEMENT TEE A cotton-blend shirt from…

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pretty smart

BENEFIT BOI-ING CAKELESS CONCEALER Offering serious help for dark circles, zits, and brown spots, this waterproof liquid concealer covers without looking cakey or creasing throughout the day. Use the curved side for small areas (like blemishes) and the flat side for larger real estate (say, red cheeks). A thin swipe is all you need. In 12 shades. TO BUY: $22; benefitcosmetics.com. OLIVIA GARDEN OG BRUSH COLLECTION STYLER AND FINE-TO-MEDIUM DETANGLER The cushion hugs your scalp to help all 162 ballpoint tips massage wet or dry hair; it’s also removable for easy cleaning and recycling. TO BUY: $15 each; oliviagarden.com. KISS ROUGE CORDLESS FLAT IRON No plug? No problem. This lightweight straightener lasts 50 minutes per charge so you can touch up anywhere. Our short-haired tester loved how it perfectly targeted her small pieces. TO BUY:…

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