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Real Simple January 2019

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editor’s note

IT’S JANUARY, that time when the holiday dust settles and you’re ready (or thinking about being ready) to tackle that messy drawer, chaotic closet, or pile of whatever. It probably seems doable—you’ve done it before, it’ll happen. But this month, I’m also thinking about a bigger challenge: the whole house clear out. Whether due to a move, a new living situation, or the death of a loved one, deciding what to keep and what to let go can be complex. I learned a little about this recently, when my parents moved out of their ranch-style home of nearly 50 years. I found myself sitting on the same kitchen floor I had once crawled on as a baby, pondering whether to keep the large mixing bowl my mother and I made cookies…

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real simple 24/7

MEET BRENDA DARGAN-LEVY MANAGING EDITOR, COMMERCE Go-to recipe: Real Simple’s red lentil curry. It’s easy to make and so flavorful. Dream vacation: A trip to Scotland with my whole family. It’s where my parents are from, so it’s a special place. What inspires me: My 3-year-old’s sweet dance moves. She really embraces the “like nobody’s watching” advice. @BDARGS ON INSTAGRAM Fresh food finds Get great stuff at your local farmers’ market even in cold-weather months with our seasonal shopping tips. Watch the video at Decluttering central Double your storage space, read genius hacks from pro cleaners, and shop top-rated cleaning supplies on our Real Organized page. Your tidy home will thank you. Get the tips at TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR SPACE With easy, realistic strategies for every room, our new special issue, Organizing for the New Year, will help your family…

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what strategy do you use to motivate yourself to exercise?

Never miss a Monday workout. Those endorphins keep me coming back to exercise the rest of the week. JESSICA CAMPBELL, HENDERSON, KENTUCKY #RSLOVE “MAY ALL FLOWER ARRANGING ATTEMPTS BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS THIS ONE.” @ANNALOVESNEUTRALS I have to sign up for a race or an event. Having a goal a few months out motivates me to get moving in a way that working out just to “look better” doesn’t. Working out then becomes a part of my daily routine, and the by-products (looking and feeling healthier) happen naturally. ANNIE PAIGE, PORTLAND, MAINE I always keep a packed gym bag in my trunk so I have one less excuse not to sign up for a class during lunch or right after work. LAUREN GRAHAM, NASHVILLE I put a gold star on my monthly calendar in my journal. I have…

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the short list

Family drama Clyde and Joy are raising their twin sons in impoverished, rural Trinidad. The boys could not be more different: Peter is academically gifted; Paul has always struggled. When Paul goes missing one night, his parents are faced with a tragic choice. Claire Adam’s provocative debut, Golden Child, highlights the painful sacrifices that poverty and violence can require and the pitfalls of ambition. Gripping memoir When Dani Shapiro sends a spit sample to AncestryDNA, she isn’t expecting revelation. Raised in an Orthodox Jewish family (a subject she has explored in other memoirs), Shapiro figured she knew where she came from. But when she finds out that her late father is not, in fact, her biological father, she’s left reeling. In Inheritance, Shapiro movingly reckons with identity and family secrets. Parenting guide Just as she…

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what we love

CLEAN SWEEP More than just eye candy, this retro dustpan also boasts a wooden brush that nestles perfectly inside the handle for compact storage. TO BUY: Richman dustpan, $29; 1 CHARGED UP The power strip gets a cool makeover with a hexagon-shaped wood form and a colored cord that makes it a cinch to find. TO BUY: Niko power strip, $95; 2 ON DUTY Add some street style to dog walking with this sleek poop-bag carrier, which features an easytwist top for fast reloading. TO BUY: Poop-bag carrier, $12; 3 SQUEAKY CLEAN This luxurious yet powerful toothbrush will make a ho-hum activity something you’ll actually want to do. TO BUY: Rose electric brush kit, $75; 4 WORTHY WICKER Whether you’re hauling fresh produce or flea-market finds, schlepping your groceries has never been so chic. TO BUY: Olli Ella market cart,…

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pretty smart

CLINIQUE ID Now you can build your dream moisturizer. Choose a jelly, a lotion, or an oil-free gel as your base, then pick an active concentrate cartridge (which clicks into the bottle) based on your main concern: irritation, pores and uneven texture, uneven skin tone, fatigue, or lines and wrinkles. Use morning and night. TO BUY: $39 each; PYT BEAUTY NO BS EYESHADOW PALETTE Found: a palette in which every shade gets used! This iPhone-size compact has four mattes and four shimmers (in shades ranging from office to out), with larger pans of the two colors you’ll use most. TO BUY: $28; DRUNK ELEPHANT A-PASSIONI RETINOL CREAM All of the linesmoothing, brightening powers of retinol without the irritation, thanks to 1 percent vegan retinol and soothing oils. So gentle, you can wear it during the…