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Real Simple April 2020

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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2 min.
something occurred to me about doing the dishes

I LIKE TO WASH the dishes. Sure, it can be a grind. And I’m more than happy to let things pile up in the sink for a day or three. But after a Friday night family dinner, I find nothing as satisfying as taking my time to rinse plates, then stacking the dishwasher just so. I wipe the stove and counters until nary a crumb can be found. When I shut off the light (I will have also scrubbed the switch plate), I get a glimmer of delight knowing that when I flick it back on the next morning, I’ll start my day in a clean, orderly space. Perhaps my job at Real Simple has awakened my compulsive neatness, a side of myself I forced to lie dormant when my daughters…

1 min.
real simple 24/7

MEET DEANNA LOWE DESIGN DIRECTOR AT REAL SIMPLE Currently binge-watching: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I love the color and the costumes. My happy place: Working at a pottery wheel helps me focus on the process of making something. It’s the perfect antidote to looking at a computer screen all day. Daily uniform: Black on black with a scarf, so I stay cozy. 35 Fast Dinner Ideas Short on time? Our filling, affordable, and (almost) entirely homemade meals take just 25 minutes or less. Get the recipes at realsimple.com/fastmeals. Waste Less, Live Better Every day can be Earth Day, thanks to our guide on sustainable living. It shows easy ways to recycle, use less plastic, and extend the life of clothing. Find it at realsimple.com/wasteless. 15 UNIQUE EASTER EGG DESIGNS You don’t need a dye kit to make Easter eggs. Just grab a Sharpie, nail polish,…

3 min.
what’s your favorite way to reuse or recycle items in your home?

An extra-large pickle jar is great for compost. I haven’t had a fruit fly problem since using it! @LULUMARIEMAYOR #RSLOVE “HOLD ON TO EMPTY JARS TO FILL WITH WATER AND A TEA LIGHT FOR DECORATION!” @EJFASS I repurpose lonely Tupperware containers without lids as drawer organizers. Hair elastics, paper clips, and other small items have a home, and my Tupperware cabinet contains only matching sets. @SARAHGROTENHUIS I turn old clothes into dog toys. Just cut strips of fabric, knot one end, braid, and knot the other end. @KIKAMERIKA You can use empty cereal bags as you would waxed paper. JANET SCHERMAN, WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS I plant succulents in old candle jars. @LAURA_TRAP21 For years we lined our trash cans with grocery bags, but then our city banned plastic bags, and we had to get creative. So far we’ve used shipping envelopes, rice…

3 min.
“running pauses the world”

“YOU’RE NOT RUNNING TODAY, are you?” My husband nodded toward the bruised rain clouds. “Don’t worry,” I said. “I’ll be fine.” I laced up my sneakers and set off. We were in England, staying near the Kennet and Avon Canal. The last time we’d been there, many years before, we’d explored the canal. Back then, watching a woman jog by, ponytail bouncing, I thought, “It must be nice to be able to run like that.” Now here I was, running that same path. My ponytail days are over, but I wore a bright headband and tights. I almost couldn’t believe it was me. Ever since I’d started juggling motherhood and a job, I had little time for workouts. I wheezed like a bulldog when I climbed stairs. Shortly before my 60th birthday, I…

1 min.
front door refresh

1 SEE THE LIGHT This frosted-glass sconce is a balance of contemporary and vintage-inspired. TO BUY: Latitude Run Needham 2-Light Outdoor Sconce, from $170; allmodern.com. 2 STAND OUT Rest a stick umbrella against the rim and hang collapsible models from the hidden hooks. TO BUY: Hub Umbrella Stand, $50; umbra.com. 3 GET THE MESSAGE Switch up the vinyl “tiles” whenever the mood strikes so guests see a new greeting every time they visit. TO BUY: Tile Mat, $75; letterfolk.com. 4 BEAUTY BOX You’ll no longer forget to check the snail mail once you install this pretty box—it’s like jewelry for your house. TO BUY: Bow Angled Wall-Mounted Mailbox, $80; cb2.com. 5 TAKE A NUMBER These sleek, design-forward digits are hand-cast from recycled aluminum. TO BUY: Montague Metal Products Modern House Numbers, from $17; homedepot.com. 6 PRETTY IN PEACH A pinky-orange paint…

2 min.
what should i read next?

Arresting Debut Elizabeth Wetmore’s powerful first novel, Valentine, recounts the aftermath of a brutal rape in a Texas oil town in 1976. Via shifting perspectives—including those of Gloria, the survivor, and Mary Rose, the housewife who finds her the morning after— Valentine explores the women’s connections and traces the gossip and blame that follow the crime. Twisty Thriller Janelle Brown’s Pretty Things is a page-turner about scammers and social media. Swindler Nina needs to score big—her mom’s medical bills are looming, and she’s still waiting on $72,000 from her last con job. She and her partner decide to target their riskiest mark yet: Vanessa, a woman from Nina’s past who is now an Instagram influencer. But there’s far more to Vanessa than what appears on her feed. Moving Memoir In This Is Big, journalist Marisa…