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
No Table Lamp, No Topples
Paper-shade pendants provide a pleasant glow and can be hiked higher as the kids grow.
A rounded, sturdy end table can handle drumming and climbing. The sleeper sofa accommodates overnight guests; its curved edges not only elevate the look of the room but also reduce the risk of injury if things get rowdy.
To buy: Small Nelson Ball pendant, $300, roomandboard.com. Markham sleep sofa, $1,440, rowefurniture.com for stores. Pod table, $158, chiasso.com. DL Rhein Grass Blades pillows, $110 each, zincdoor.com.