Kristin van Ogtrop
Kristin van Ogtrop was named Managing Editor of Real Simple magazine in 2003. Since that time, Real Simple has grown to include books, special issues, products, international editions, television shows, mobile apps and, of course, realsimple.com. Kristin began her career in magazines at Vogue, and has also worked at Glamour, Premiere, and Travel and Leisure. As the editor of Real Simple, she does a lot of things that don't look like editing: going on professional panels, making speeches, going on t.v. very early in the morning. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in English from Columbia University. She also wrote a book, Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom, which was published in 2010 and is now available in paperback.

Kristin lives in the New York suburbs with her husband, who is also a magazine editor, their three sons, a shedding dog, a hamster and a handful of fish which, unfortunately, never last long.

Recent Posts By Kristin van Ogtrop

This Is the Secret to Happiness at Work

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the July 2014 issue of Real Simple.] Here at Real Simple, we pride ourselves on being the Every-woman brand. There are magazines and websites in our world that are full of self-admiration, with a lot of “Look at us and how very, very fabulous we are” moments: The exclusive parties! The expensive […]

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The Difference Between Men and Women, a.k.a. The “Lice Epidemic”

The scene: home office in my house The characters: me, my husband Time: last night, 9:45 p.m. Husband is lying on floor of home office, “stretching his back,” which I think is 80% watching TV and 20% actual stretching. An hour earlier we returned from taking our 16-year-old middle son back to the camp where he is working as a […]

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After the World Cup: Looking for Reasons to Go On

Anyone who follows me on Twitter (and if you do: thank you! especially if we are not related) knows that I caught full-on World Cup fever. We all did. It was easy in my house, with three sons who play soccer and a husband who somehow always gets talked into coaching. But we were far from the only ones: I […]

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The Litterbug Dilemma

Yesterday morning I had a strange experience, and I can’t stop thinking about it. I was on my regular commuter train from my little suburban town into Grand Central Terminal. It’s an 8:30 train, generally filled with men and women in “business attire,” whatever that means anymore. I was minding my own business, trying to be cheerful about two grim […]

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5 Things Every Intern Needs to Know

It’s intern season again, which I know because the weather has turned warm and my commuter train is suddenly full of attractive people with no visible wrinkles, either on their faces or on their new intern clothes. I also know it’s intern season because we have a few interns here at Real Simple. We’re always very grateful for the help, […]

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Be Kind, Reply

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the June 2014 issue of Real Simple.] How do we feel about the fact that most party invitations are now digital? I am not going to use this space to lament the decline of paper invites, although I certainly could. After all, there’s something magical about getting a beautiful invitation in the mail. […]

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How Emma Watson Has Changed My Life

So I was intrigued by the photo I saw online of actress Emma Watson at her Brown University graduation this past weekend. Seated next to Watson was an older woman wearing a cap and gown, who later turned out to have been packing heat, as they say in ‘70s action movies. The whole thing is so confusing and intriguing to […]

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When Your Kid’s Life Is So Much Better Than Yours

This morning I walked from the train to work with my friend Martha, whose son just finished his first year of college. She picked him up over the weekend, and he left the following day for Martha’s Vineyard. When her son returns from Martha’s Vineyard, he will be home for two days, then he’s going scuba diving in Bonaire with his father. Then—ok, then he has a summer job.

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Ode to the Mother-In-Law

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the May 2014 issue of Real Simple.] We’ve decided in the May issue of Real Simple to celebrate the unsung hero (or antihero, depending on whom you ask) in our domestic lives: The mother-in-law. Along with our in-book story “Mother-in-Law & Order,” we asked on Facebook: “What’s the nicest thing your […]

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We Are All Ordinary, and We Are All Superheroes

This post is part of the Global Moms Relay. Every time you share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action), up to $275,000, to the Global Moms Relay, to help improve the health and well-being of moms and kids worldwide in support of MAMA, Shot@Life, and Girl Up. Scroll to the bottom to find out more. Like most women worldwide, I have a […]

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