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How to Avoid Kitchen Clutter

Do you find half-filled cups, glasses, and mugs throughout your house at the end of each day? If the kitchen clutter is driving you up the wall, consider creating a designated spot for the not-quite-empty vessels. By choosing one table or counter where everyone can put their beverages that they have every good intention of eventually finishing, you create a […]

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What Your Walk Says About You

Here’s a fun fact: People with quick strides are more likely to be viewed as busy and productive than those with a more mellow walk… which, if you live or work in a crowded city, can definitely come in handy! Surprised? Just as your body language sends unconscious cues to those around you, the way you walk can shape people’s […]

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How to Care for Wood Furniture

Your wooden furniture may look great at first but time and use can take it’s toll, ultimately causing fading or even cracking.

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Is Your Purse Too Heavy?

The superfluous contents of your purse may be a running joke at this point—even we Real Simple staffers giggled at our over-stuffing—but a too-heavy bag is no laughing matter. If you find yourself toting around everything from makeup to gym shoes to heavy electronics, remember that the extra weight can lead to neck and shoulder pain. Consider this advice from Heidi Prather, […]

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How To Store Sweaters

It may be wishful thinking (the groundhog did see his shadow, right?), but with spring weather on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about storing your winter wardrobe. We asked Katherine Carpenter, the Design Director for Autumn Cashmere, how to best store sweaters to keep them wrinkle-free and in top shape until next winter rolls around. Here are her […]

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How to Dry Clothes Faster

Ah, laundry day. If you’ve put off the chore until the last minute, use these two tips to make sure your clothes are dry by the time you have to be out the door.

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A Strategy for Cleaning Sentimental Clutter

We all deal with sentimental clutter: A broken memento from a loved one; your now-grown child’s toy that’s been gathering dust for years; or even a well-intentioned gift that you never use, but feel guilty for giving away. It can be hard to get rid of such beloved items—but when you feel it’s time to clean, organize, and purge your […]

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Pack This, Not That

When you’re traveling by plane, particularly if you’d prefer not to check a bag, pack samples of cosmetics and prescription creams (ask your doctor for these) instead of toting the full-size versions.

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How to Spot a Liar

You learned that honesty is the best policy as a child, but it seems like some people missed that day in kindergarten. If you suspect someone of fibbing to your face, look for these telltale signs of deceit. • Scratching their nose. The adrenaline rush of lying can cause capillaries to expand, making the nose itch. • Prolonged eye contact. […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Tetris Curbs Cravings

Got an annoying craving that you just can’t shake? Try Tetris—yes, the old-school video game with the blocks. A study published in Appetite and reported by The Atlantic found that participants who reported levels of “reasonably high” cravings for things such as food, drink, caffeine, or nicotine reduced their longings by about 24 percent by playing Tetris for just three […]

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