Organisation is the key to a successful and happy home. However teenagers rooms are often messy and can be cause of stress to their parents.. Here are some tips on how to declutter your teenagers bedroom:
- Respect their privacy at all times. Get them to help do one big tidy, so that they and you can be happy in the space
- Clear out the wardrobe – anything that doesn’t fit or they don’t like anymore, donate to charity
- Try to get a clear space for homework – ideally a desk with drawers. Get them to pick out some great stationery and put it in attractive labelled trays and pots
- Look through the books – often teenagers have accidentally kept books from childhood but these can be donated
- Keep only those clothes which you wear most often in the bedroom. Hang them up in one place so they are easy to find when you need them. You can also fold them up neatly and store them in drawers. If there is space elsewhere in the home, move the out of season clothes – you could even vacuum pack them and put them in the loft
- Boxes boxes boxes – buy plastic and fabric boxes to store everything, and label them up. Take inspiration from Stacey Solomon – this way its easy to tidy everything
- Bin it – make sure they have a nice bin, but also that they empty it regularly!
Make an agreement with your teen that you will leave them with all the privacy they want, as long as they keep the room clean.
- They need to remove all plates and mugs as soon as they have been used – or they lose the privilege altogether
- Washing – they could have their own washing basket but it works both ways – they need to put the clean washing away
- Friends – you may agree that friends can come in their room, but make it a condition that the room has to be clean and tidy. You will find that your teen is much more likely to tidy up when it directly benefits them!