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
Rescue overstuffed drawers from chaos—and your dresser top from its destiny as a drop spot for junk. Clutter coach Chip Cordelli makes an open-and-shut case for how to do it.
A Den Rises From the Dust
The Palutis family of Ocean, New Jersey: stay-at-home mom Nancy, 30; dad Michael, 35, a contracts specialist; and kids Olivia, 5; Jake, 3; and Autumn, 1.
Dad says: “I just want a little space for my things—but toys are everywhere.”
Kids say (via spokesperson Olivia): “It’s crazy down there. We have no place to play!”