When it comes to organizing teenagers, I know it can be a very tough project to take on but it does not have to be! In my 15 years in business I have always enjoyed working with teenagers in organizing their bedrooms and living spaces. Most of the time they are looking for guidance and once we start the process they are engaged and we work together to create the space and environment which they love and where they can be productive in their schoolwork.
Here are some tips and suggestions to help guide teenagers with organization. One of the first places I start with is their bedrooms which I know can be overwhelming! I know that clothes are a big issue with teenagers and the clothes cover most of the floor so we normally start with deciding what clothes are dirty and what is considered clean. I ask them do they not like to hang up clothes or is folding a better option for them? Or is there no space to hang their clothes or no shelving units in the closet? We talk about options or ideas and ways to add additional hanging in the closet or maybe move the hanging rods so it is easier to access. Another option is to add more shelves instead of hanging space because they prefer to fold more than hang their clothes. You can also consider adding a dresser or an armoire to their room for clothes or other items that do not fit in the closet.
Many times when I help teenagers in their rooms they still have memorabilia items and things hanging on their walls from when they were 7 years old. We end up removing many of the items from the room and put them in memorabilia boxes or toss them away if they have no direct memory or good feeling about the item. Most of the time they are so happy to have additional room on their shelves or bookcases for things that matter to them now! And one of the most important things that happen when we organize, we find money which is a great incentive for them to organize their rooms!
In addition, there are many times they have a desk in the room which is rarely used. I then ask the question is the desk truly used the way it is supposed to be or is it a place to dump clothes, paperwork and sports equipment? We go through the items on the desk and purge, sort and decide if we are keeping the desk and making it functional. Some teenagers like to do homework or school projects on the desk so we keep it but we purge the items that are not serving a direct purpose. Electronics is a big part of a teenagers life so having space for chargers and laptop usage is a must. So create space to have these items easily accessible so the desk becomes a functional part of their room.
I know that once you organize your teenagers room it may not stay as neat and organized for long but by removing items that are truly not used or have a purpose it will be easier to maintain and they will love their bedrooms! If you have any questions about organizing a teenagers space, please contact me at www.organizedtoperfection.com and I would be happy to discuss with you in further detail. Thank you and I hope you have a peaceful start of 2017!