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Organize & Declutter > Real Simple magazine - yay or nay?
oats'nhoney's Avatar oats'nhoney 04:32 AM 01-16-2007
i have briefly flipped through the pages of Real Simple magazine while at checkout stands but never bought an issue... i am pretty much an anti-consumerist & i just was annoyed by all the mainstream adverts in it. i was wondering if it IS any good as far as making good decluttering suggestions?

pookel's Avatar pookel 05:44 AM 01-16-2007
I have only read a couple of issues, but my impression is that it's geared toward people who are willing to spend a lot of money to live "simply." My idea of simplicity involves frugality and I couldn't stand the magazine, personally.
oceanbaby's Avatar oceanbaby 05:53 AM 01-16-2007
Nay. Ditto the above post. I like the magazine for some good entertainment in a waiting room or something, but I wouldn't subscribe. Sure there were some decent suggestions sprinkled throughout, but mainly it was about all the crap you need to buy to make things easier for yourself, and how to make your fabulous dinner parties more simple. Maybe when I start having fabulous dinner parties the magazine will hold more appeal.
Wild Flowers's Avatar Wild Flowers 11:57 AM 01-16-2007
I looked through it at checkout also. And then showed it to me husband and was like, "Real Simple, and it is the thickest magazine here. Does that make sense?"
I am glad to see that other people haven't been impressed and that I didn't miss anything.
phroggies's Avatar phroggies 12:09 PM 01-16-2007
Nay, for the above reasons. It actually used to be a pretty good magazine, but the goal of magazines is to succeed with advertisers, not readers, and Real Simple has certainly done that. That said, you might keep your eye out for a book they put out about organizing that collects a lot of tips from their past issues (or get the Martha Stewart "good things" book about organizing).
jennay's Avatar jennay 12:14 PM 01-16-2007
I agree with all the above reasons. In one issue I read they recommended buying $50 one-size pillowcases to solve the problem of having two many different size pillow cases.

Can you get some issues from the library?
alsoSarah's Avatar alsoSarah 12:25 PM 01-16-2007
Real Spendy? Yeah, I check it out of the library, sometimes.

Who needs it cluttering up the place?

Besides, their idea of an "affordable" solution usually makes me laugh...

But, there are often a few good tips in Real Simple that can be adapted to the real world.

alsoSarah
tracyhos's Avatar tracyhos 12:36 PM 01-16-2007
I looked thru one and it has more advertisements than any other magazine I've ever read.

It offers some simplifying techniques, but like several PPs said, they seem to involve spending lots of money.
~Nikki~'s Avatar ~Nikki~ 12:38 PM 01-16-2007
I recently bought an issue. There are always a few neat ideas in the magazine, but nothing that isn't common knowledge. Most of the ideas are already available on the net. The magazine is thick, but don't let that fool you into beleiving that there is a lot of content. It's laid out like: Article, ad, ad, ad, article, ad, ad, 1 page spread, ad, ad, ad, recipe, ad, ad, ad, ad, etc etc etc.

And like others have said, their methods for "simplifying" usually include purchasing the expensive products that they advertise in the magazine.

Real Free
~Nikki~'s Avatar ~Nikki~ 12:41 PM 01-16-2007
One of their readers examples of simplifying her life:

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Just Do Less
I got rid of my husband, hired a fabulous nanny and let her run my house, began buying in bulk, got to know my daughter's teachers, did not join the Junior League, got a personal trainer, and found a contractor and landscaper who were very good and trustworthy. I let go of a lot of stuff, and I realized I didn't have to do everything, just a couple of key things really well
Yeah....
Cassiopeia's Avatar Cassiopeia 01:14 PM 01-16-2007
Yeah, definitely a library only read. Plus all those mags just run the same articles over and over. Go get the Jan 2006 issue from the library and it will be just like reading the Jan 2007 issue!
Penelope's Avatar Penelope 01:57 PM 01-16-2007
I do subscribe to RS. : I like their photographs of interior space, and their decorating tips are helpful to me because I have very little sense of what makes a room comfortable and attractive. I don't usually do the recipies because they're not very kid-friendly, but I like thinking about new cooking techniques, so I do read them.

Sometimes I like having a little fantasy world to retreat to, and the ideas in RS qualify as fantasy to me!

But honestly, I like Natural Home *much* better in terms of its eco-friendly focus, the interesting articles on green building techniques, the interviews... it's a better magazine, IMO.
Amys1st's Avatar Amys1st 01:59 PM 01-16-2007
I stopped looking at it back in 2003 when they said in an article about simplying- Dont breastfeed. I know this is dragging out a dead horse and beating it but thats IMHO.

And yes the ads ads ads would not be a great thing to me.
phatchristy's Avatar phatchristy 02:44 PM 01-16-2007
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I stopped looking at it back in 2003 when they said in an article about simplying- Dont breastfeed. I know this is dragging out a dead horse and beating it but thats IMHO.

And yes the ads ads ads would not be a great thing to me.
I lost a whole lot of restpect for them with that...obviously the people who wrote that haven't had many natural/successful breastfeeding experiences.

I think of all I have avoided by nurturing my baby at the breast. I have never bought any baby bottles/warming devices/other formula feeding gear...PLUS...what is more simple about feeding a baby rather than lying down and snuggling. Nothing to get up, mix, store, buy, wash...etc. Plus, there's always the fact that my breastfeeding babies hardly ever get sick in comparison to formula fed kiddos...yep, you know sick babies are real simple to take care of. I think they really MISSED the mark on that one : .

Otherwise if someone is interested I would check it out at the library.
hannahi's Avatar hannahi 03:15 PM 01-16-2007
Another 'nay' for Real Simple (although I am a subscriber, this may be the last year for me). I'm also put off by the number of ads.

I wish I could find a replacement for Organic Style magazine. I just sadly put a few of the back issues in the recycling bin.
LionTigerBear's Avatar LionTigerBear 03:28 PM 01-16-2007
I've never heard of "Natural Home" magazine. I'd love to hear more about it . . .
Kharen's Avatar Kharen 03:40 PM 01-16-2007
I've gotten copies of RS second-hand from my MIL (she subscribes) and I actually found some of their suggestions quite useful (e.g. some creative suggestions on how to repurpose certain items). Yes, there are LOTS of ads and it seems the publication is apparently littered with some anti-AP and eco-living messages (I hadn't noticed them in the few issues I've seen, but that's a shame).

My MIL loves their simple recipes, but they're not very useful to me. Dh and I are veg, and their recipes usually aren't. (And I much prefer my Veg. Times magazine or the "What's For Dinner Tonight?" thread here at MDC if I'm running out of ideas!)

I'd love to check out Natural Home, too!
friendly fire's Avatar friendly fire 04:01 PM 01-16-2007
hell nay. i do look at it at work....(the library) but i wouldn't ever pay the exorbitant price for it.....
celestialdreamer's Avatar celestialdreamer 04:19 PM 01-16-2007
I thought it was great when it first came out, but I can't it now. Don't know if its me thats changed, the magazine or probably both!
Lillibetsy's Avatar Lillibetsy 04:21 PM 01-16-2007
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I stopped looking at it back in 2003 when they said in an article about simplying- Dont breastfeed.
Umm, what??? I don't know about that. Fill me in! :

My mom bought me a subscription for xmas because she was getting one and they were buy-one-get-one-free. I agree with everyone else that it is all about advertising and buying new, expensive things to "simplify." Ugh. Pretty pictures, though. I sometimes find that inspirational.
teacup's Avatar teacup 04:55 PM 01-16-2007
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I thought it was great when it first came out, but I can't it now. Don't know if its me thats changed, the magazine or probably both!
Not just you. Someone else here said it, and I agree. It used to be less Martha. It is a nice mag to look at, though (and I, too, subscribe via gift subscription).
ColoradoMama's Avatar ColoradoMama 05:26 PM 01-16-2007
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I stopped looking at it back in 2003 when they said in an article about simplying- Dont breastfeed. I know this is dragging out a dead horse and beating it but thats IMHO.
Yep. That's when I quit reading it. I can't even begin to imagine how bottlefeeding is more simple than breastfeeding. Around that time there was also an article in there that "proved" that humans had to consume cow's milk. Their reasoning was that cave men had strong bones, and they ate animal protein, so we need milk. Um, I'm sorry - where did the cave men get their milk? The article was just so incredibly poorly researched. I love magazines and actually enjoyed reading RS, but instead I decided I didn't want to give them my money anymore.
philomom's Avatar philomom 05:38 PM 01-16-2007
Nay. Real spendy as someone said. A 200$ little black sweater..... in their dreams.
Lilcrunchie's Avatar Lilcrunchie 06:44 PM 01-16-2007
NAK-
I had a gift subscription for a year or two and it was okay. Overall I like it better than a lot of other mainstream magazines, but it isn't that special.

I opted not to renew once they made the anti BFing comment the PPs cited. I am NAK so I don't have the exact text, but I if I am remembering right the article was something like "what is the worst that will happen if you..." (sneak food into a movie theatre, etc.). One of the examples was "what is the worst that will happen if you bottlefeed vs. BF" and some doc went on to say nothing other than missing out on some cuddle time w/ your babe, and that basically there is little to no research backing any other claims about the benefits of BFing.

Yuck.
runes's Avatar runes 07:02 PM 01-16-2007
i'll read it if it's a waiting room or something but i won't buy it. like pp's have mentioned, it's geared towards people with lots of disposable income, who can have a contractor come in and spend $10,000 renovating their walk in closet.

it's not a home mag per se, but i really like body+soul.
oats'nhoney's Avatar oats'nhoney 08:01 PM 01-16-2007
OP here! TY for enabling me not to buy RS mag.. sounds like its not worth it.. LOL! i too love love love natural home magazine, that & mothering are ideal
kamesennin's Avatar kamesennin 08:13 PM 01-16-2007
i like it--I think my mom got me a subscription but it hasn't started yet. I like to look at all the pretty pictures. I don't get annoyed by one comment years ago--if that was the case I wouldn't read anything. Plus who really knows about bfing unless they've actually done it. Then again, I also really like Martha Stewart Living, so maybe I am in the minority.
SusannahM's Avatar SusannahM 08:46 PM 01-16-2007
I like looking in it for decorating ideas, since so many decorating magazines do not reflect how I want my house to look.

However, so much of the content is online, I wouldn't even consider getting a subscription.
riverscout's Avatar riverscout 09:03 PM 01-16-2007
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Umm, what??? I don't know about that. Fill me in! :
I didn't know about this either, so I googled it, and this is the best info I found. The article is over to the right and it's titled Real Simple or Simply
Unreal?

http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache...&client=safari

As far as the yay or nay, even before this little breastfeeding titbit, I would agree with most eveyone else and say nay. It's all about buying stuff and most of it is common sense anyway. It's may good for a dentist waiting room read, but I actually prefer the trashy mags like Us Weekly or People for that.
ladyslipper's Avatar ladyslipper 12:42 AM 01-17-2007
nay,adds to house clutter and too many advertisments!
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