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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. 

Caitie Buteau's bedroom before makeover
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Caitie’s Bedroom: Before

Caitie grew up, but her room didn’t. So gear from her current passions (fencing and guitar) commingled with stuffed animals and dress-up accessories. The storage needed an overhaul, as did the decor.

Found in (and Tossed From) Caitie’s Room
- 8 giant seashells
- 3 boxes of rocks
- 15 feather boas
- 50 stuffed animals
- 40 medals (relocated to the attic)
- 14 Chinese lanterns stuck to the ceiling