Maintaining a clean room is one of the most common struggles for parents of teens. While teens see the area as their personal space where they should set the rules, parents prefer a space that is functional and orderly. We’ve compiled a list of easy ways to help keep your teen’s bedroom together with minimal stress and expense!
1. Contain it!
Baskets, bins, containers and jars are great ways to organize and do not require a lot of effort to maintain. Purchase a hamper for dirty clothes, line the closet shelf with bins for clothing to eliminate the need for hanging or folding, and place small bowls on surfaces to hold small jewelry and accessories. Containers help keep surfaces clear without having to constantly clean.
2. Map it out!
Designate areas of the bedroom for specific purposes to increase the space’s functionality. Some areas to consider are for reading/homework, vanity/toiletries, dressing, sleeping/lounging. For smaller spaces, purchase dual-purpose furniture. For example, a desk can be used for a vanity and homework with two trays – one for office supplies and the other for vanity supplies. Specific areas will keep the clutter in the area it belongs thus, making it easier to keep it clean.
3. Hang it up!
Use wall space to make organization pretty. Hooks are great for book bags, necklaces, and robes. Cork boards help with paper clutter by organizing flyers, photos and other papers. Photo ledges are great for holding books without taking up floor space, wall shelves are great for storing items that aren’t used on a daily basis, and pretty frames can make sensible organization ideas look fabulous!
4. Set the rule and let it go!
Set rules for cleanliness and let your teen find their way. For example, if the rule is to put laundry away, don’t get worked up over how they put their clothes away. You’ll be satisfied laundry isn’t on the floor and your teen will feel empowered to organize their clothes they want.
The teenage years are critical to a child’s development. Independence, responsibility and respect are important lessons every person needs to learn and these are the years your teens will foster these attributes within themselves. The key is to find the balance where you set boundaries for your home while respecting your teen’s space. Incorporate these ideas, make organization easy for all parties involved, and help everyone survive the teenage years!
Written By: Tabitha Keese, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic, Founder of Shipwrecked on Fabulous Island Blog