Staging a home for sale is very tough for a single parent with small children. Toys have a way of migrating despite best efforts. I suggested this homeowner keep laundry baskets handy for toys and clutter. Use them before a last minute showing and store them in the garage or car.
Our goal was to make the room appear spacious and inviting. We repositioned the couch along the longest wall; removed one of the chairs; brought in storage cubes (we painted them brown); and, added colorful accessories to make the room pop.