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
Easy-to-steal storage tricks for small spaces (closets and bathrooms) and larger gathering spots (living rooms and kitchens).
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!”