Kids' rooms are notorious for clutter and mess. No one can guarantee that your child's room will remain neat and tidy all the time, so BOB FARKAS, THE CLUTTER WIZARD, does the next best thing...create a space for everything so that when you or your kids do tidy up it's a much quicker and easier process.
THE CLUTTER WIZARD will...
Empty all shelves and desk drawers --- one at a time --- and categorize each item as keep, toss, recycle or donate.
Replace what's left onto the shelves or drawers or find better storage spaces for them.
Discard books that are torn or have missing pages and get rid of games that are broken or have missing pieces.
Suggest that you donate books and games that you no longer want to worthy charities.
Get rid of old magazines, broken crayons and pencils, dried out pens and markers, etc.
Create room on top of the desk as a usable working space.
Check that only clothes and shoes that fit are in closets and drawers.
Store anything to be saved for later use or hand-me-downs in closed storage containers (not necessarily in this room).
Label all stored clothes by the type and size and season if applicable.
Check throughout the room for any unused storage space including under the bed, wall spaces, inside doors, etc.
Recommend the purchase of storage containers, bookshelves, bins, cubbies, hooks, etc.
HELPFUL TIPS FOR ORGANIZING KIDS' ROOMS
Use stackable plastic see-through covered storage containers of all sizes in a kids room. Smaller sized ones with dividers are great for things that have many small pieces. Larger containers are good for building blocks, stuffed animals, action figures, dolls, sports equipment, etc.
Separate containers by category and don't mix categories. Leave room in each container to grow.
Label what goes in each container as specifically as possible.
Keep a clothes hamper in each child's room or closet.
Save any hand-me-down clothes by age and season.
Install hooks low enough on the inside of the closet door so kids can hang up their own coats and hats.