Julia Edelstein
Julia Edelstein is an associate editor at Real Simple, where she works on The Realist, The Simple List, Your Words, and a smattering of other sections and stories. When she's not brainstorming "New Uses for Old Things," you can find her nose-deep in a book, entranced by some guilty-pleasure television, theater-hopping, or digging into something delectable. (Julia has never met a pastry she didn't like.) She lives in New York City with her husband and their crazy cat.

Recent Posts By Julia Edelstein

Wednesday Trivia: Happy Belated Birthday, Pay Phones!

The first public pay phone was installed 124 years ago, on August 13, 1889, at a bank in Hartford, Connecticut. (We’re one day late, but hey, yesterday wasn’t Wednesday!) Before the pay phone, there were pay stations—booths manned by employees of the telephone company who would take your money in exchange for your call. Alas, pay phones are a dying […]

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Clean Bathroom Tiles, Walls and Ceilings

The pedestal sink, the tub and the toilet are old hat. But do you really know how to clean the rest of the bathroom—namely the tiles all over the walls, the paint around the tiles—and yes, the ceiling? Here’s what to do: Every few months, spray tile, counter-tops, walls, and the ceiling with all-purpose cleaner and turn on the shower, […]

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How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Noticed fruit flies buzzing around your kitchen counters? Here’s how to get them to buzz off: First shut the doors and windows to let outdoor flies know that the buffet is closed. (Don’t rely on screens; fruit flies can fit through the holes.) Next, spritz the areas where you’ve seen them, including the bottoms of trash cans and cracks in […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Do You Like Your Guy’s Shoes?

Here’s some funny—and only a little surprising—news about men’s shoes. For the most part, women don’t like them. According to a new study from shoe retailer Allen Edmonds, approximately 65 percent of women insist their husbands/boyfriends change their shoes before they go out on a date or to a party.

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Keep Chlorine From Drying Out Your Hair—Without a Swim Cap

Ready for a dip in the pool? To keep chlorine from drying out your hair, saturate your strands with fresh water before diving in. Your hair will soak up the fresh, not chlorinated, water. Hair already pool-parched? Try this DIY mask from Lydia Sarfati, the founder of the skin-care line Repêchage: Mash 1 avocado with 1 tablespoon safflower oil. After […]

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Is Your Kitchen Counter Giving You Back Pain?

If you suffer from back pain, and you spend a lot of time cooking (or preparing food), you may want to take a closer look at your work surface. A counter too high or too low for your height can force you to hunch over, straining the muscles in your neck, shoulders, and lower back.

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Wednesday Trivia: Happy Birthday, Six Flags (one day early)

Tomorrow marks the 52nd anniversary of many a family’s favorite summer destination: Six Flags. The first park in the now-famous chain opened on August 1, 1961 in Arlington, Texas, with an admission price of $2.75. (Today, admission to the same park costs 60 bucks.)

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A Shortcut for Marinating Kebab Meat

Is there anything more appetizing than a skewer of your favorite foods, sizzling on a grill?

Here’s a tip to save time the next time you’re putting one together:

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Never Miss a Spot When You’re Dusting

Is there any household chore more frustrating than dusting? Just when you think you’ve finished a room, you find yet another spot that appears to be coated with just a wee bit of dust. And then you wonder: Did I already dust that, or not?

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How to Freeze (and Thaw) Blueberries

The blueberry bushes are finally blooming! If you’re faced with too many of the sweet-tart fruit (is there such a thing?), consider freezing them for the fall or winter. Here’s how.

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