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Real Simple Tips is your daily news update featuring smart, practical solutions for everyday life, from cleaning and organizing to cooking and home decor.

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3 Decor Trends That Will Definitely Be Over in 2020 (and What Might Replace Them) (Real Simple Tips, Thursday)

By Katie Holdefehr As we start the new year, we're taking stock of the home decor trends we're most looking forward to in 2020, as well as those trends from the 2010s we may end up regretting in the next decade. While 2019 was a year of many decor trends we loved, there are a few that have become so ubiquitous we can't help but look forward to the fresh styles to come in 2020.

2mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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5 Household Items You Should Get Rid of Immediately (Real Simple Tips, Thursday)

By Katie Holdefehr In the world of home maintenance and upkeep, there are some things that feel nice to replace—like when you switch out your pillow covers or buy fresh bath towels. And then there are those things that are crucial to replace (and often!). The items on this list fall under the second category. Hang onto these four household staples longer than you should, and you risk spreading germs, dirt, or dust around your entire home.

3mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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8 Household Items That Double as Workout Equipment for Your Makeshift Home Gym (Real Simple Tips, Wednesday)

By Wendy Rose Gould Working out at home has plenty of perks: no commute, a bevy of online workouts to choose from, and a couch to throw yourself on after you sweat it out. Of course, there are some notable drawbacks, especially if you’re dealing with a makeshift home gym situation. Specifically, having access to all those smaller-scale gym accessories that can take your workout to the next level. Not all hope is lost, though.

4mins

29 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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The 14 Best Strategies for Coping With Anxiety (Real Simple Tips, Wednesday)

You’ve been in bed for an hour now and still can’t fall asleep. You’re anxious thinking about your job or your 401(k); some problem with your kids that's setting you on edge; the unsettling state of the world or the unstoppable inertia of time. Whatever the issue, you can’t get it out of your head, but replaying the problem and trying to cope with the anxiety then and there doesn’t work. Then you start fretting about not being able to sleep.

10mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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3 Interior Design Concepts That Feel Outdated in 2020(Real Simple Tips, Thursday)... and More Stories

Included in this SpokenEdition: 1) 3 Interior Design Concepts That Feel Outdated in 2020(Real Simple Tips, Thursday) 2) 5 Ways to Beat the Midday Slump Without Sugar (or Coffee)(Real Simple Tips, Friday) Please share your feedback by emailing feedback@spokenedition.com.

7mins

21 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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The Next Big Trend in Interior Design Is All About Introverts(Real Simple Tips, Thursday)

By Lauren Phillips No two introverts are exactly alike, but if you consider yourself to be introverted, you probably don’t love huge parties where you don’t know many people; you likely relish your alone time. Few people like open floor plans in office spaces, exactly, but there’s a good chance you dislike them more than most. If this all feels true, you’re an introvert, and you could use a quiet room.

4mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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5 Natural Ways to Reduce Inflammation and Start Feeling Your Best (Real Simple Tips - Wednesday)

By Kelsey Ogletree Phrases like “anti-inflammatory lifestyle” are buzzy these days, but they’re not completely accurate. The truth is, trying to rid your body of all inflammation is actually impossible—you have to start by differentiating between “good” inflammation and “bad” inflammation.

6mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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11 Easy Ways to Protect Your Digital Privacy (Real Simple Tips, Tuesday)

By Trevor Wheelwright You have a skincare routine and an exercise or stretching routine, but do you have a routine for your internet privacy? Practicing good privacy hygiene can keep your digital information (and other personal details) protected, preserved, and generally in good shape—and it doesn't have to be intimidating.

7mins

24 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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Time for a Digital Declutter: 8 Simple Ways to Cut Screen Time(Real Simple Tips, Tuesday)

By Rachel Sylvester As I sit on my sectional, banging away on my laptop, my phone is nowhere within reach. In fact, it's currently set to airplane mode and stashed in my nightstand for the foreseeable future. You see, I'm learning to master the art of digital minimalism, a term popularized by Cal Newport, an author and associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University.

7mins

21 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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Root to Stem Cooking Is the Delicious Way to Maximize Nutrition—and Minimize Food Waste (Real Simple Tips, Friday)

By Betty Gold We’re well aware that fruits and vegetables are essential to a balanced diet. And perhaps now more than ever, many of us are upping our intake of fresh produce and swapping in plant-based ingredients for meat or processed foods. (High five, folks.

4mins

13 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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Dealing With Quarantine Skin? Here’s Why—and What You Can Do to Fix It (Real Simple Tips, Tuesday)

By Hana Hong Let’s talk about quarantine skin. I’ve basically ditched my makeup entirely and hiked up my self-care routine to include a bounty of face masks—and yet my face is patchier and drier than normal. I find a bit of solace in knowing that I’m not alone; according to an unofficial poll of my friend group, a lot of us are experiencing a host of skin afflictions in quarantine.

6mins

19 May 2020

Rank #11

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Victory Gardens Are Making a Comeback—Here's How to Start Your Own Vegetable Garden (Real Simple Tips - Thursday)

By Katie Holdefehr As you may recall from high school history class, "victory gardens" first started in America during World War 1. In response to food shortages during the war, Americans were encouraged to begin growing their own food, and vegetable gardens popped up in backyards and at schools and public parks across the country. "In the U.S.

5mins

23 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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How to Clean Your Reusable Water Bottle—Because You Probably Don't Wash It Often Enough (Real Simple Tips, Monday)

By Katie Holdefehr Reusable water bottles are better for the environment. Check! And are way more stylish than plastic bottles. Check! And are good for your health and hydration. Check—well, if you wash them correctly, that is. While keeping a reusable water bottle close at hand during work and when you're at the gym is an easy way to stay hydrated, if you fail to clean your water bottle, it could be exposing you to germs and bacteria.

3mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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We Predict 7 Ways Coronavirus Will Affect Home Design Trends (Real Simple Tips, Thursday)

By Katie Holdefehr Over the past month or so, the novel coronavirus outbreak has altered our daily lives in ways big and small. And even once quarantines end and stay-at-home orders are lifted, some expect that the "new normal" may look a little different.

5mins

30 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Cleanliness Is So Important Right Now—Here's How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables Properly (Real Simple Tips, Friday)

By Maki Yazawa As the world battles the COVID-19 global pandemic, practicing proper food safety and handling protocol is vital. Though the FDA says that there is no evidence of food or its packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19, approximately 48 million (one in six) people are sickened by contaminated food each year.

4mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #15

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How to Eliminate Paper Clutter in Just 5 Minutes a Day (Real Simple Tips, Monday)

By Katie Holdefehr When you think about the biggest organizing challenges in your home, there's likely a few things that come to mind: the messy kitchen counter, the overstuffed bedroom closet, and that towering pile of papers. Considering the influx of mail, bills, catalogs, and paperwork that flows into our houses every day, it's no wonder we can't keep up. The task seems so daunting, that many of us put it off for as long as possible.

3mins

20 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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The Smartest Way to Store Foods in the Refrigerator for Long-Lasting Freshness (Real Simple Tips - Friday)

By Betty Gold Every year, the United States throws away nearly 40 percent of its food. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, that adds up to more than $160 billion wasted per year. There's nothing worse than being forced to toss (previously) perfectly good produce, dairy, or meat just because it was stored in an improper way.

3mins

24 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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10 Foods That Are Sabotaging Your Sleep (Real Simple Tips, Wednesday)

By Betty Gold With so many aspects of daily life battling for our attention—endless emails, social obligations, work, kids, cute puppies on Instagram—it’s hard enough to get a good night’s rest. Food shouldn’t be one more contributing factor hurting our sleep.

4mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #18