Are you tired of complaining about the state of your teenager’s room?
If your requests to tidy up fall on deaf ears, try giving them our step-by step guide. It might just work* AND you will regain your sanity!
* We cannot vouch for compliance in the actions of your teenager when undergoing our step-by-step guide! However if I could wave a magic wand for you, I sure would!
A Step-By-Step Guide To Organizing Your Room
1. Put On Some Music
Dial up your mood and mindset by putting on music that help you get moving.
It will also feel like the time goes faster as you work away while singing or humming along.
2. Look Around You
Stand in the doorway of your room and take a good look around.
What do you see?
Think about what your parent/s see when they stand in the doorway and look in your room.
Taking a good look around you will help you decide where to start with step 3.
3. Put Things Away
Let’s just start this process by putting things away. Pick your clothes off the floor and hang them up or take them to the laundry. Put things in drawers or cupboards. Throw out any rubbish.
In this step you are not decluttering as such, you are simply tidying your room.
The end result of this step will be that everything is put away, neat and tidy.
If you’re happy with the result you might even want to dust, wipe things over or run a quick vac over the floor. But let’s not get carried away! As a bare minimum, make the room tidy.
4. Start Decluttering
To begin this step you will need three boxes or large trash bags. These are for:
- Trash (this is for items you no longer want or need, or that are broken/torn/tatty beyond repair)
- Donation (this is for items you no longer want or need, in good condition and/or working order that someone else would appreciate).
- Storage (this is for seasonal items that are taking up valuable space & can stored elsewhere)
Pick an area of your room to focus on.
It may be your bedside table, for example. Start going through the contents of the drawers or shelves and start deciding what you’re going to do with these items.
Items you keep need to be folded or returned neatly. Other items are discarded as suggested above.
As you work your way around your room, think:
- Have I outgrown this item?
- Do I really need this item in my life?
- Is this item just taking up space or do I actually use it?
All of these considerations are important when trying to maintain a positive and effective mindset for the long-term goal of keeping your room organized.
Important – Suggested Time Frames
Steps 1-3 may be all you have time for today. And this is ok, for now.
I would think a minimum of 30 mins is all you need to get started. It’s amazing how much you can achieve in 30 minutes once you get going.
Come back to Step 4 as soon as you can, remembering that you don’t want to lose momentum so it’s best turn up the volume and keep going.
Step 4 may take you some time. It depends how cluttered your room is.
If you have a short attention span I would suggest that you spend at least 30 minutes a day focusing on different areas in your bedroom. I doubt it will take that long, but it’s a good time reference to guide you.
Strategies To Help You Stay Organized
Ways to keep your room neat and tidy at all times can simply mean:
- Put a laundry basket in the corner of your room so all dirty laundry ends up in one spot.
- Get a small trash bin so everything you discard goes straight into the bin. All non-food items of course. We don’t want to be attracting any uninvited guests into our room.
- Put up some hooks if that will help with bags, jewelry, scarves or belts.
- Make your bed in the morning. There is something strangely magical about a bed that’s been made. It makes your room look tidier immediately and seriously requires very little effort.
- Hang stuff up! Don’t throw your jacket on the bed or on the floor. Hang it up straight away and keep walkways clear.
Are You Finished?
Give yourself a pat on the back or reward yourself with a little treat!
Taking a little time each day to maintain your bedroom will help ease tension and stop your parent/s from nagging you about cleaning up your room.
It’s worth a try, isn’t it?