Step 1: Assess the Damage
The first step in cleaning is to find out truly how bad the mess is. In my room it was pretty bad, there was clutter all over the floor, my desk, my dresser, and my nightstand.
Target major problem areas and work on the room one messy section at a time.
Step 2: Putting Away the Clutter
Next, I sorted them into dirty and clean.
Put the dirty ones in the laundry and sort the clean ones into piles to put away.
Step 3: Get Rid of the Paper
I have been getting lots of crap mail recently so it has all ended up on my desk.
Sort through all the crap and make keep and throw piles.
Throw away the trash and then sort the keep stuff into piles according to where it belongs.
Find new "homes" for the keep stuff.
Step 4: Attack the Rest of the Problems
Use the same process as before of sorting into keep and throw piles.
If anything in the remaining keep pile does not belong in your room put it where it belongs.
During this whole process try to put as little back on the floor as is possible.
Step 5: Finishing Up
With my dresser, most of the clutter was garbage so it got thrown away and the jewelry got put in its proper place.
My nightstand had 3 extra bottles of water so I got rid of those and threw away all of the garbage on the floor around it.
The shoe area was one of the easiest areas. I put the big Rubbermaid container in another room where it belonged and then arranged my shoes to my liking. Also, I found my cork/whiteboard and now have it ready to be hung.