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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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How to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board

Without proper care, your trusty cutting board can start to smell like your famous garlic chicken—permanently. Since you can’t just stick a wooden board in the dishwasher (lest it warp and crack), try this tip to keep it in business for life:

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How to Feel Happier at Work

Work makes up a lot of time in our lives—too much, in fact, to feel unhappy when we’re there. Looking for a quick boost to improve your workdays? Try this advice Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse to make your space a bit brighter. “Your work environment can make or break your productivity—and take center stage in your happiness,” says Boyce. […]

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A Quick Way to Sweeten Peas

Fresh peas add a sweet, delicate crunch to any meal. The next time you cook with the veggie and find the taste isn’t quite to your liking, use this method to brighten them up. Steam the peas for a minute or two, and then run them under cold water (which stops the cooking process). This will bring out the natural […]

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