Teenagers’ closets can be particularly challenging when it comes to organization. The teenage years are often accompanied by constantly changing preferences along with a reluctance to completely let go of childhood…just yet. The conglomeration of sentimental toys from the past and of-the-moment clothing, shoes and accessories billowing from the closet door can make for a daunting organization endeavor. If pleading with your teenager to clean his or her room seems like an all too familiar battle, it may be time to rethink the organization or lack thereof in your teen’s closet. A disorganized closet can make cleaning a bedroom practically impossible, and may be just the obstacle causing your anguish.
Accessibility and functionality are primary goals when organizing a teenager’s closet. The simpler the closet is to maintain, the less resistance you will encounter at cleaning time. The key is to design the organization scheme such that placing items where they belong is easier than haphazardly throwing them on the floor. The first step is taking everything out of the closet for assessment.
By removing everything from the closet, you can get a big picture view of its contents. The first thing you may need to do is analyze the contents and determine what has been causing the chaos. Is it sports equipment thrown in every nook? Is it piles of comics without a designated place for storage? Is it a collection of stuffed animals your teenager may never let go? Determining what items are wreaking the most havoc is the first step to establishing a neat, easily maintained closet for your teenager.
Inevitably, some items you pull out of the black hole that is your teenager’s closet are best off being given away or thrown away. Allowing your teenager to have input on what items to get rid of can prevent unnecessary conflict later. Anything that does not contribute to the functionality of the closet can be moved elsewhere. For instance, a collection of action figures or stuffed animals may be displayed on a shelf in the bedroom, clearing out valuable storage space within the closet for frequently used items.
Shelves, baskets, bins and additional hanging rods are your best friends when organizing a teenager’s closet. The need for such organizational aids will depend largely on the types of items your teenager keeps in his or her closet. If sports equipment, for instance, makes up a bulk of the closet’s contents, integrating a couple of see through bins or wire baskets into the scheme can make a world of difference and prompt your teen to put equipment in the appropriate place in the future. On the other hand, if the closet is strewn with more clothes than will fit, consider adding a second hanging rod or installing shelving for sweaters and other articles that can be folded instead of hung.
In organizing a teenager’s closet, making commonly sought items such as clothing and shoes blatantly accessible makes returning such things simpler and more likely for the teen. Make sure that in creating a designated place for everything, you also leave room for growth and modification. You never know how your teenager’s preferences will change from year to year, or even month to month. Perhaps he or she will begin to prefer a clean room and maintain it without influence!