3 Life-Changing Room Makeovers
Moved by reader stories of cluttered spaces causing family fights, Real Simple extends the olive branch—tackling an overrun basement, an overstuffed closet, and a chaotic teen’s room. And proving once and for all that in the right surroundings, everyone really can get along. By Nicole Sforza
Tripping over your own shoes? Can’t find your favorite T-shirt? You’re not alone. These quick tips can help you get organized.
The Smith Closet: After
Life isn’t fair, so Piper wins two-thirds of the closet to accommodate her much larger wardrobe. Color-coding (she’s gray;
he’s orange) helps remind partners not to overstep. Because the top and bottom spaces are now thought-out (and maxed-out),
the formerly bloated midsection has the breathing room to work efficiently.
A Mini Attic for Long-Term Storage
Accessible with a flat-folding step stool (tucked next to Larry’s clothes), the upper space holds neatly labeled winter accessories, camera equipment, and sentimentals.
Doubled-Down Rod Space
Larry’s no-girl-stuff-allowed zone includes a low rod for pants.
A valet rod telescopes out to catch Piper’s currently-in-use bag.
Shoes Shooed Away
A cubby makes use of depth—this grid holds 12 pairs. Special-occasion shoes live up top in clear bins.
To buy: Basics boxes in gray, $13 each, organize.com. Stockholm boxes in orange, $10 each, containerstore.com. Style Selections adjustable closet rod, $7, lowes.com. Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers, $20 for a set (in black), target.com. Schulte Shoe Cubby O-Box, $123, organize.com. Extendable closet valet rod, $27, organizeit.com.