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

Listen to My Mom, and Help Save a Life

I can’t tell you how many times during my childhood, when I was in the middle of a late-day meltdown, or identity crisis, or dramatic, my-heart-is-breaking crying jag, my mother would say to me, “Everything will be better in the morning.” And you know what?  She was right. As the mother of three strong daughters, my mother consistently broadcast the […]

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…And 10 Minutes Later Your Child is Grown Up

You see his little hand on the sonogram and 10 minutes later you’re ordering his senior school portrait. You carefully fold the blue onesies to put in his dresser drawer and 10 minutes later you’re buying a light pink tie to match his prom date’s light pink dress. You teach him the proper way to tie his shoes and brush […]

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What Do You Do When Your Dog Hates You?

These pictures are all you need to know about the cruel fate that has befallen our beloved dog this week. That’s right: we got a puppy. I swear it seemed like a good idea at the time. The backstory:  our dog, Uki, is a reject from Guiding Eyes for the Blind (of course, Guiding Eyes prefers the much gentler—if completely […]

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Sheryl Sandberg’s Book: What Do You Think?

If you are a living, breathing, human resident of our fine nation, at this point you can’t escape Sheryl Sandberg and her new book, Lean In. I am less interested in the book itself (which I read, though quickly) than I am in all the conversation around the book.  I really can’t figure out what I think about the whole […]

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There’s a Sinkhole in My Head

We’ve all been thinking a lot about sinkholes this week, because of everything that’s happening in Florida, suddenly the sinkhole capital of the world.  And the more I thought about sinkholes, the more I realized that I have sinkholes all over my life. To wit: 1. Sinkhole next to the phone in the kitchen. That’s where the unsigned, green high school athletic […]

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My Husband, the Cat Whisperer

Cats love my husband. I really have no idea why. But if he finds himself in a cat household, sitting in one place for any length of time, invariably a cat will leap into his lap. Last week we had dinner with friends who have two cats; let’s call them Ray and Petey.  After dinner we repaired to the living […]

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Help Me Help All of Us

Has it really been two months since the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut? Why does it still feel like it happened yesterday? Maybe because—and this is a good thing—the debate about what to do to prevent gun violence has taken, if not center stage, at least a place somewhere on stage. Finally. If you visit realsimple.com or read Real Simple magazine, […]

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Super Bowl, or Downton Abbey?

Just taking a show of hands to see who won. I watched the Super Bowl, but ironed napkins during the second quarter, just to get myself in the Downton mindset. And then the “power surge” (quotation marks because—really? You mean to tell me that the blackout was not caused by a Silicon Valley hacker wanting a reset button for the […]

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The Messy Doctor’s Office

A few weeks ago I went to see a new doctor who was recommended to me by one of my regular doctors. (I suppose you have reached a certain age when you can write “one of my regular doctors.” It’s not exactly like I’ve got a corps of doctors at the ready but, you know, it’s a growing list.) This […]

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Anticipating the Time Your Child Leaves Home. Trying Not to Cry.

While I was at the office and weeding the garden and worrying about whether or not I had the most updated train schedule in my purse, unbeknownst to me, my oldest child was getting ready to go to college. Without me really registering what was happening, he progressed through elementary, middle and high school, where he is now a senior. […]

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