Love this gem. I can remember the first time we met… it was an instant friendship. And I would guess, most of you have probably read at least a copy or two of this idea-filled magazine in your past as well. But if you are looking to slowly organize life, while also not taking on some huge project, I recommend picking this (back) up. Because it tells you want you want to hear… that projects don’t have to be hard. The beauty of Real Simple is that it offers small “simple” solutions that you can do in an afternoon or an hour – some even less. And even better, most of their how to’s are in list format… step 1,2,3, done! I love that. I think you will too.
Some of the best ideas, come from just looking at the pictures. Take this one for example. A few months back as I was flipping through an issue (January 2013) I ran across this hanging rack for pots and pans. Ding! This was the answer to Christopher and I’s “where to put our pans in a small kitchen” question. Definitely, not an earth-shattering concept by any means, but when you have been so used to doing something one way (hiding your pans), it can be the obvious solution that never comes to mind. RS is quite good at reminding its readers that the light bulb is not far away and easy and cheap solutions can be a reality. Here is a look at our rendition. Need your own? Click here for the one we used.
Now, I am no stranger to how much these guys cost to pick up at Target or Barnes and Noble. I even tried asking for a subscription last year as a Christmas present, so I could forgo the splurge, but still have this literary goodness sent to my PO Box. Butttt… no one in my family thought a magazine subscription was a good gift. (Helloooo, I asked for it! Shouldn’t I decide that!) So, anyways to their website I still go, and I have to say it’s pretty wonderful. It’s super easy to navigate and just like the ‘zine version, gives all its how tos in a step-by-step fashion. But this time you get pictures, pictures, pictures… which say everything words can’t! And who doesn’t love pictures. Check them out…http://www.realsimple.com/.
If you have yet to pick up RS , don’t let this article fool you into thinking it’s only about organizing… oh thats a huge chunk of it, sure. But they throw out plenty of decorating, fashion, food, gardening, etc. articles, as well as some of the best random facts to know! One random April issue fact… 32. It’s the number of “Q without U” words you can play in Scrabble, according to the National Scrabble Association (should have known there was one)! I’m a junkie for random knowledge like that!