How to Clean and Tidy a Teenager's Messy Bedroom
Teenagers and messy bedrooms, they seem to go together, don’t they? If your teenager has a messy bedroom and you don’t like it, see it as your problem and not theirs. The question is, “What are you going to do about it?” You have a choice, you can expect them to tidy it themselves, you do it for them, or you can help them keep it tidy. This hub assumes the latter, that you and your teen will work on the messy bedroom together.
Don’t say, Go tidy your room and expect anything to get done. They will literally not know where to start, you have to give them the tools to start.
Take a trash bag and pick up anything that’s trash that can go straight out the door and into the garbage bin. Keep a box by the door and anything that’s not wanted any more can go in the box and be donated to a thrift store.
If your teen is grumpy and doesn’t want to join in, then insist that your teen stays in the room while you tidy. But involve them in the task by saying things like, “Do you really want this?” Or, “Can I throw this out?” And “Where do you want me to put this?”
Make sure there is enough storage space for all the items in the teen’s room.
Start with the floor. Even if you don’t manage to tidy the whole room, if the floor is done the room will appear greatly improved.
Pick the item there are most of on the floor, e.g. Clothes, books, papers. Tell the teen that’s what you’re doing first. You and the teen collect all of those items and put them in the right place. Then you will have a new item you see most of, move to that item.
As the items on the floor reduce, push them into a smaller and smaller pile. It’s easier to put away items that are all in one place rather than items that are scattered.
Make sure that there is a laundry basket in the teen’s room. Train your teen to put laundry into this basket so there won’t be clothes on the floor. Are you still doing their laundry for them? Children over 12 can cope with doing their own laundry if you teach them the steps.
The room doesn’t have to be perfect, just greatly improved. Don’t get disheartened if it’s messy again soon afterwards.
Tidy frequently then it won’t be a big job each time you do it. Daily is ideal if you can manage it. Teach your teen to tidy their own room for 5 minutes each day, then it won’t get really bad.
When the floor is clear encourage the teen to vacuum the room.
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