The final makeover in "The Early Show" series "Early Gets Organized" in partnership with Real Simple magazine was to tackle sorting out a kid's room.
Design expert Kate Parker, contributor to Real Simple magazine, helped clear the clutter for two boys who really struggled with getting rid of anything.
Parker got a handle on this room by encouraging the boys to donate their unused toys and games to a local charity, and then re-organizing the set-up of the room into distinct "zones" - sleeping (bunk beds), homework/desk area, reading nook, activity center, storage closet, and a large cubby unit for books and display.
Here are some of the products that helped pull it all together.
The following product descriptions were prepared using assertions provided by the manufacturers.
EXPEDIT BOOKCASE (IKEA)
KATE SAYS:The Expedit bookcase is a cubby-style unit that allows for easy organizing by category - they come in a varitey of size options.
DOCKSTA DINING TABLE (IKEA)
KATE SAYS: An "activity table" lets them spread out for school projects - this one is the perfect size.
BÖJA FLOOR LAMP (IKEA)
KATE SAYS: Handmade shade; each shade is unique. Gives a soft glowing light, that gives your home a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Shade of plaited bamboo, creates decorative light patterns on the wall.
DISPLAY-IT SMART DESK & HUTCH (POTTERY BARN TEEN)
Our Smart Technology™ products feature audio inputs or built-in outlets so you can plug in, play and recharge electronics, including your iPod®, cell phone or lighting.Classic style and wide shadowbox panels make this a functional desk for homework and personalized collages. Desktop has two shadowbox panels and two storage cabinets below. The two-drawer cabinet has a top drawer with a five-plug outlet; the one-door cabinet has an adjustable shelf and room for a CPU with cord cutout in back. For more storage, add the large desk hutch above. Each piece features beautiful crown moldings and a Sun Valley White finish.
PERFORATED AIRGO CHAIR (POTTERY BARN TEEN)
This desk chair is fitted with deluxe cushioning covered with perforated vinyl upholstery. Handlebar-inspired arms are padded for support. Brushed-metal base on rolling casters is height-adjustable.
HI-LIGHT TASK LAMP (POTTERY BARN TEEN)
This task lamp has style and smarts. Three pivot points extend to the proper position, then lock into place. Turn switch at base.
KATE SAYS: A smart desk is crucial - especially for growing teens. Their side-by-side small desk system was not working for the twin boys. This one (to be shared) will last them for years - and has lots of clever features (demo cork board shadow box top, charging drawer, etc).
NEWSPRINT BINS (CONTAINER STORE)
Our Newsprint Bins are a stylish and eco-friendly solution for collecting mail, newspapers, magazines, books and linens. They are designed specifically to fit on 12" and 16" elfa Shelving. Woven from hand-rolled, 100% repurposed newspaper.
A light matte lacquer prevents the ink from smudging or transferring.
COLLAPSIBLE STORAGE BIN (CONTAINER STORE)
Use our oversized Collapsible Storage Bin for organizing sports equipment or pool toys. For parties or outdoor events, it makes a great-looking wastecan. It can hold a 40-gallon trash bag and has snap shut closures on each side to keep the bag securely in place. When not in use, it's easily folded down for storage.
KATE SAYS: This jumbo collapsible bin (in fun candy stripe) makes clean-up time quick and easy.
WALLY WALL ORGANIZER (KANGAROOM)
Imagine - now you can use your empty wall as a storage space! Our Wally Wall Organizer has multiple embroidered pockets, built in transparent sleeves for photos and necessities, and a magnet/dry erase board. It also has media pockets with hidden cord slots in the back, so you can charge your gadgets while hiding their cords! The Wally Wall Organizer can hang over your door, or attach directly to a wall, and all hooks are included! Currently available in natural with Pink trim and natural with a Navy trim.
CHALKBOARD BINS (KANGAROOM)
Made lightweight, yet sturdy enough to hold anything from magazines to art supplies and stacks of paper, these chalkboard bins are perfect for organizing your craft aera! Unique chalkboard fabric fronts - with sewn-in pockets to hold chalk - allow for flexible, easy and fun customization. Label each and simply erase using a damp cloth to re-label with different names, images, or items. These all-purpose chalkboard bins come in five bright colors: blue, green, pink, aqua and camel.
JOEY AND JANE KIDS BOXES (KANGAROOM)
Maximize your storage space with our super strong and roomy Joey & Jane Kids Toy Boxes. These stackable toy boxes are perfect for storing stuffed animals, dolls, board games, puzzles, seasonal clothing and many other things! Available in two sizes, these boxes fold flat when not in use. They are available with or without the inner Toy Totes, which make it easy to quickly grab only the items you need. They are made with heavy duty fabric in our signature Joey & Jane colors, natural/pink and natural/green, as well as NEW COLOR Camel w/ chocolate trim!
NEW SIMPLE SLEEP SET (WEST ELM)
Simplify your life. Everything you need for a sumptuous night's rest - all in one bag. Über-soft 300-thread-count cotton-percale set includes duvet cover, flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillowcases. Machine wash. Imported.
KATE SAYS: Affordable bedding! one of these "simple sleep sets", in Twin size.
SPINE WOOD BOOK CASE (WEST ELM)
KATE SAYS: stores way more books than a traditional bookshelf, with a much smaller footprint in the room b/c it makes use of vertical space
MAGNETIC MAGAZINE POCKET & MEMO BOARD (THREE BY THREE)
6 powerful magnets hold notes, photos or keepsakes to the front of these 12 x 8½ x 1 inch colorful metal magazine and file pockets.
PRICE: 18.99 - $22.00
KATE SAYS: a cute, easy way to get notes and magazines up on the wall
LAQUER DOCKING STATION (WEST ELM)
A space-saving way station for cell phones, digital cameras, blackberrys, mp3 players and their charging kits. Wood construction with a glossy lacquered finish. Hinged back holds a surge protector, cords and plugs; rear cutout feeds cords to an outlet. Large drawer stores notes, pens and more.
BRAIDED STORAGE (WEST ELM)
Rustic, functional storage, handwoven of natural bankuan grasses. Handles for easy portability.
KATE SAYS: Beautiful storage - baskets make for easy clean-up!