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

A New Use for an Empty Salt Container

I don’t know about you but it takes me forever to go through a standard container of iodized salt. But maybe that’s just me. I do however love this idea from Thrifty Fun about what you can do with the top of the salt container once you’ve used every last crystal. Simply cut off the top of the salt container and trace […]

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Pride and Prejudice Celebrates 200 Years

As one of the many editors at Real Simple with PPG (that is the Pride and Prejudice gene) I feel it is my duty to inform you of a very important holiday coming up at the end of the month. No, it’s not Jane Austen’s birthday (that was December 16th), but instead the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice‘s publication. You […]

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Don’t Forget! Share Your Organizing Photos

Have you entered your photo into our 2013 Organizing Challenge on Instagram yet? If not, you have just one week left to do so. Friday, January 25th is the last day we’ll take submissions. Get all the details and contest rules here.

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Smart Product: The Laundry Pod

I haven’t had the luxury of having a washing machine in my home (apartment) for the past six years. And let me tell you it is the number one thing I miss about the houses and apartments I lived in in Kansas City and Des Moines. Thankfully, I found out about the Laundry Pod awhile ago and have been putting […]

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Is an Electric Toothbrush a Better Option?

Yes, and no. Both a manual and electric toothbrush will do a good job of getting your teeth clean. But an electric toothbrush—with it’s automatic shutoff feature—will help you brush for the recommended amount of time. Studies have shown that people who use manual toothbrushes on average brush their teeth for less than a minute instead of the recommended two […]

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Use Scrap Wallpaper to Create Book Covers

If you’ve recently redecorated and have leftover wallpaper (get great wallpaper inspiration here), here’s an easy project for using those scraps. Use them to cover a handful of books on your shelves. It will give your bookcase a cleaner, more organized look. Personally, I’d cover a lot of my reference books which don’t necessarily have the best design, and which […]

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Use Magnets to Organize in the Bathroom

We’ve shared the idea before of using magnets to keep your tweezers in place in your bathroom medicine cabinet. But the blog Superwoman has taken this idea one step farther and used a strip magnet to organize bobby pins. Take a look: If keeping them in the medicine cabinet isn’t for you, you can also use a popular desk accessory. […]

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Is Sitting the “Smoking of Our Generation?”

There’s been a lot of discussion this week about a blog post on the Harvard Business Review website that claims “sitting is the smoking of our generation.” The author, Nilofer Merchant, cites some worrying statistics: – Americans sit an average of 9.3 hours per day. (We only sleep 7.7 hours.) – Obesity is responsible for 35 million deaths annually. (Tobacco […]

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How to Clean and Deodorize Your Microwave

Microwave splatters are one of my least favorite things to clean. (Partially due to the fact that my microwave is on top of my refrigerator, and while I’m many things, I am not tall.) But luckily, most of this cleaning (and deodorizing) routine is hands-off. Cleaning 1. Combine 1 cup water & 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a microwave-safe bowl. […]

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Ask Us Your Hair Questions. We Want to Solve Them!

If only my hair could look like that everyday. Sadly, it’s looked that good maybe once in my life, but our fabulous Beauty & Health Director Didi Gluck is here to help. Do you have hair-raising hair-related questions? (Like what’s the best product for taming frizz or the most graceful way to grow out a pixie cut.) If so, leave them […]

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