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.
The Palutis Family Basement: After
Grid of Favorites
A divided unit keeps frequently used playthings and books easy to find. Dad is granted a bit of space up top for keepsakes and home-improvement magazines.
Smart, Soft Bins
Lightweight pullout baskets placed within reach are safe for Jake and Olivia to take down themselves.
Rug in a Rug
Striped carpet tiles form an “area rug” for the play space within a larger frame of solid gray tiles.
Each child has a draggable tub for hard-to-store stuffed animals. Large handles are easy for small hands to grab.
To buy: Expedit shelving, $139, ikea-usa.com. Strapping Cube woven bins, $11 each; I Think I canvas bin in orange (second shelf from top), $9: landofnod.com. Tubtrugs, $16 each, us.tubtrugs.com. Beaded Ball floor lamp, $298, shadesoflight.com.