This month’s Real Simple issue has had me thinking quite a bit about how best to sum it up. Because this issue, unlike any other, is a bit more special. It’s the mother of all RS chronicles – the 10th year anniversary issue. Now, when this gem popped up in my mail box, I gasped at the number 10 on the cover. 10 years!? How many issues does that mean I’ve missed!? Obviously I haven’t been reading this since I was 16 (come on, I’m not THAT lame) but if I would have had the foresight or wisdom in my teen years, I just may have been devouring the early issues of RS and learning tons of tricks for my more sophisticated future self (ahem). Nonetheless, this issue does a great job of summing up the last ten years for me – and I’ll do just the same for you.
This issue focuses on TIME. The time that RS saves all of us by their little tricks and tips. The time that is more organized and efficient thanks the articles within. So for this round-up, I’ll forgo the standard summation of my 3 favorite articles and give the 10 best tips that are scattered throughout this huge issue, so all you lovely people can save some time on reading the whole magazine. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for anyways?
1. Apply nail polish on the bottom of your metal shaving cream bottle to avoid any rust stains forming on the ledge of your tub.
2. Use an old toothbrush to remove those pesky pieces of corn silk from your corn on the cob.
3. Use hair conditioner as your shaving cream. You’ll eliminate the extra bottle in your shower and save a little chedda’ as well.
5. A brightly colored wallet is easier to spot in a messy handbag, saving you precious moments on searching for the darn thing.
6. Not only is green tea packed with anti-oxidants, but it also freshens your breath. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
7. Store each sheet set in one of the pillow cases. This will make your linen closet look neater and make finding things a lot quicker.
9. To keep brown sugar from getting hard as a rock, throw a few marshmallows in the bag.
10. Use your lemon zester to mince garlic. A heck of a lot easier than using a knife.
All tips courtesy of Real Simple – like I’m really that clever myself. :P