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
Easy-to-steal storage tricks for small spaces (closets and bathrooms) and larger gathering spots (living rooms and kitchens).
Bedroom Gloom To Teen Spirit
The Buteaus of Bernardsville, New Jersey: Caitie, 14 (seated); stay-at-home mom Joan, 46; (out of the line of fire) insurance-exec dad Stephen, 44; Megan, 16; and Mitchell, 12.
Mom says: “What is all this stuff? I can’t see the floor in here! Most of it hasn’t been used in years! I don’t even know where it comes from! I wish I could just scoop it all up and throw it out!”
Teen says: “Calm down. It’s fine.”