I have one suggestion regarding organizing a shared space –
You should only be concerned with your own items.
If your partner AND/OR child’s “stuff” is making you crazy then you may want to:
- Schedule time to tackle the project together
- Ask him/her to get it done by a certain date
- Hire a Professional Organizer that is neutral to assist with the completion of the project
If you attempt to organize the shared space for them you will find yourself in the same situation soon after you have taken your time and energy. You may lose their trust and more importantly you will invade their privacy. By physically going through the motions most people will feel ownership and keep the new area orderly. You want to stay organized not just get organized!