Kristin Appenbrink
Kristin is the senior editor at RealSimple.com. She oversees Real Simple's Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram accounts, along with writing the Simple Tip blog and editing the Work & Life section of the site. Originally from Kansas City, Kristin now lives in Brooklyn and spends her free time making ice cream.

Recent Posts By Kristin Appenbrink

How to Organize Tablecloths and Other Linens

If you have a well-stocked linen closet, use this trick to keep differently sized tablecloths and sheet sets organized. Next time you’re at the office supply store pick up a package of paper tags. Write the information about each piece on the tag (for tablecloths: the measurement and the shape; for sheet sets: the size bed it fits), then store […]

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Another Reason to Go Fragrance-Free

If you have sensitive skin,  you likely already choose products that are fragrance-free, but if not, here’s another reason you should consider them. Just like synthetic fragrances can irritate your skin, they also can have an impact on the environment as you wash them down the drain. If you don’t want to give up scented soaps, creams, and hair products, […]

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4 Spring Closet Cleaning Tips

If you’ve been bitten by the spring clean-out bug, here are a few tips to make tackling your closet much easier. 1. Only keep multiples if you wear them. White tanks, black cardigans, these are okay to keep in multiples because they are versatile, but two nearly identical red silk tops—you don’t need both. 2. Hang like items together. Think […]

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Don’t Spray Cleaner on Your Mirror

Before you lift that spray bottle to spritz your mirror with glass cleaner, think again. Instead of spraying the cleaner directly on  the mirror, you should be spraying the paper towel or newspaper you’re using to clean it instead. Why? Because the cleaner that drips down the mirror can seep into the crevices and cause black spots to form on the […]

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Cut Down on Dinner Prep Time with a Toaster Oven

Do you have a toaster oven? Forever ago, I blogged about how I thought it was one of the few appliances that was worth the counter space in a small kitchen—an opinion I stand by. In my apartment, because it’s a Brooklyn rental, the oven is less than stellar. I’m never actually sure if it is hot enough even though […]

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Decorating Tips for Your Living Room, Bedroom, and Office

Do you love Ballard Designs? So do we, and we were excited to partner with them to share some of our favorite decorating tips in the creation of three different rooms: a family-friendly living room, an office-guest room combo, and bedroom with lots (and we mean lots) of storage. Our senior home market editor Kelley Carter designed the rooms and […]

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A New Use for Mesh Citrus Bags

Last week I bought a dwarf Meyer lemon tree to live in my kitchen. I’ve wanted one for a long time, and I was so excited when it finally arrived. Yesterday, I bought the pot to plant it in. When I got home, I realized that the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot was too large for the […]

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According to Science: Koozies Do Keep Drinks Cold

Before you start using that koozie (or cozy depending on where you’re from) as a fruit protector as we’ve shown here, check out this study via Lifehacker that shows a koozie actually does keep your drink cold. Not only does it insulate the can against rising temperatures, it prevents condensation from forming on the outside of the can, which makes […]

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Would You Use it? A Smartphone Thermometer

I have a digital thermometer, and I’m pretty much convinced that it has never worked. I never know if I’ve given it enough time to register the proper temperature or not. So basically, I’m unsure if I’ve had a fever at any point during the last let’s say 10 years. (Don’t tell my mother.) So I’m intrigued by this new […]

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How to Clean Your Dishwasher

If you’re guilty of letting food-caked plates sit in your dishwasher for too long, your machine might develop a funk. To get it clean and smelling fresh again use this trick. Run your machine empty on a full cycle, but instead of dishwasher detergent, use 2 cups of white vinegar. It will naturally deodorize the appliance. And remember, scraping food […]

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