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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. 

Joan and Caitie Buteau in cluttered teenager's room
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Bedroom Gloom To Teen Spirit

The Family
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.

The Fight
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.”

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