I received a great comment from a reader suggesting I get a shelf to replace the stand. What a difference that made! We've also moved a bulk of the toys to the finished basement where it's easier to shut the door and hide the kids' daily tornado of toys.
In the kids' room, there is a little step up area we call their "library" which includes a ton of shelves my dad built. The shelving for the room is great...but only when in use:
Of course, no matter how much you pick up the house to make it nice, there's a kid who'll still insist on resting in the dog's bed.