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Easy Home Makeovers 

Refresh your entire house on a budget. Use our DIY tricks and stylish solutions for making easy upgrades that’ll give your home a brand new look.

Amazing Makeovers

4 Ways to Make Over Your Living Room
Adapt these smart principles to your home―and end up with a truly new look.

Carve Out Space for a Home Office
Turn a corner of any room into a work area that really works with these tips.

Design Your Dream Closet
Stylish solutions that will turn every chaotic storage space into an ordered haven.

Caitie Buteau's bedroom after makeover - Landscape

3 Life-Changing Room Makeovers

See what happened after Real Simple stepped in and tackled clutter in three homes.
Photo: Jonny Valiant

No-Money Home Makeover Ideas

There’s no reason to buy new stuff; you already have everything you need.
Photo:  Mark Lund

Make Over Your Junk Drawer

Clean out your drawer now and save time searching for that spare key or frequent shopper card later.
Photo: Jordan Provost

21 Ways to Enhance an Entryway

Looking to add vigor to your vestibule, fizz to your foyer? Try these easy ideas.
Photo: Aya Brackett
Caitie Buteau's bedroom after makeover - Landscape
Wall covered with framed artwork
Money in an envelope in a drawer
Decorative clock in hall

Easy Transformations

Mini Mudroom in a garage with a scooter

3 Great Garage Makeovers
How a trio of families corralled their clutter for good with smart solutions.

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Complete Living-Room, Dining-Room, and Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

An 11-step guide to cleaning three rooms (yes, three!) in just a few hours or over a few days.

  • Dust the furnishings. Start with the furniture (tables, dressers, bookshelves) and then move on to the electronics (stereo, television, cable box), wiping down the outsides with a microfiber cloth. Don’t worry too much about what’s inside the furniture: You’ll get to that later.
  • Sanitize the telephone and remote controls. Use a disinfecting wipe. Phones and remote controls for electronics and video-game equipment are germ magnets and are frequently overlooked when cleaning.
  • Clean the upholstery. Wipe it all down with a moistened microfiber cloth. If your sofa, chairs, and ottomans seem unusually soiled, go over the fabric with a dry-cleaning sponge.

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