Easy Home Makeovers 

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. 

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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.

Plush Place
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. 

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