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
Tripping over your own shoes? Can’t find your favorite T-shirt? You’re not alone. These quick tips can help you get organized.
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!”