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
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.”