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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. 

Michael, Nancy, Olivia, Jake, and Autumn Palutis in their cluttered basement
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A Den Rises From the Dust

The Family
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.

The Fight
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!”

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