I really need help organizing my room. I don't have alot of stuff, just books and craft things, but whenever I pick my room up, it just gets messy again! Somehow stuf finds its way to the floor or bed! I'm 13 and need help on how to keep my room clean.
Bookluver! from Fallon, Nevada
I can't believe no one responded to your post.
I think one of the ways to keep a room neat is to have a good system for where to keep things. First decide what is really important to you. What do you have or have a lot of that's really important? Clothes? Games? Videos? Computer desk? Art supplies? A doll collection or stuffed animals?
Whatever they are, you need to see what you have that you MUST keep in your room or you'll die without. So if clothes are really important, maybe you can get some parent help to redo your closet for maximum use and maybe even put your dresser in there or build in drawers so there's less furniture in your room. If you have a collection of something but the stuff gets in the way, maybe you can build a shelf along the ceiling a couple of feet down and put that stuff out of the way but still displayed.
I suggest the best book to read "Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens".
We had this request before:
There are step by step instructions how to clean your room.
Yes, I know how you feel, having a messy room is no fun. Also wanting to start a new page by rearranging your room is a good thing to do before starting middle school. Start by just picking up your clothes and hanging them up, dust , vacuum etc. Then ask for an adults permission to rearrange your room. Instead of having your bed boring against the wall. Put it at a diagnol or change its posistion completely. Everynight before bed tidy up what you had taken out that day. If your parents see how clean you can keep your room, they may consider redesigning it.
I have lived in tiny dorm rooms to sharing tiny apartments- tips from a 26 yr. old girl
1) Raise the bed by bed risers your parents can buy or cinder blocks.
Under the bed, keep plastic bins and label them. The plastic bins are good for keeping out of season clothing or shoes that you don't wear all of the time. It also keeps the dust out. Clear bins are a must- you have to see your goods. These will last a long time and you can take them to college!
2) Use cardboard boxes and cover them in magazine paper. Make collages or use funky wrapping paper to decorate them. You can also cover coffee cans. These can be used for desk storage. I personally like shoe boxes of the same size. You can stack them and keep momentos.
3) Laundry storage. Take 3 narrow trash cans with good flip lids. Provided you have the space, you can use these to sort clothing instead of dumping them into one giant hamper.
4) Cd storage is a biggie. Eliminate tons of cd racks and invest in those carry cases. They have stylish zippered "books" which hold up to 200 cds without cases. They look like binders but zip closed so dust stays out.
5) Instead of a nightstand, get a trash bin and cover it with a inexpensive sheet or end table cover. You can make it look like a fancy table but underneath hides the clutter. They have glass top rounds which are at any discount store like Walmart. Put it over the table cloth and it provides a sturdy surface to place your alarm clock or mini lamp. Store stuff that you don't always use but might need- like blankets. Just don't put anything in there that you will need to get to on a regular basis. It would be a pain to take off everything just to get to the bin!
6) Those mesh or plastic shower carriers are great for holding makeup. It hangs with a hook and can be folded up. You can see what you need to grab and it saves time digging through a makeup case. Plus, you can tote it with you and then fold it up when not in use.
7) HAve a school zone where you keep all your things in one place. Store your coat, gloves, hat, etc. then bookbag. If it is all in one place, you will never rush around in the morning. Set up school outfits the night before.
Keeping clutter down is really important to a clean room. If you haven't used something in one school year, ask yourself why you are saving it. Keep a box of those items you might want to hold onto incase you change your mind. Before tossing or donating it, limit your maybe items to a small box. When the box becomes full, you will realize that you were able to do without it and will most likely get rid of the clutter.
Have a clothing or item swap with friends at the beginning of summer break. Make it a sleepover party where everyone brings a box of stuff they'd like to part with- exchanging rules must be you swap one for one. If nobody wants the item, do not take it back with you. If you can't donate it somewhere, trash it.
Good luck! Cleaning your room shouldn't be a chore if the room stays organized!
As hard as this may be to do (it is for me), you need to start by making throw away and give away piles. It is almost impossible to organize clutter. One thing you could do if you have a hard time parting with things is to pack them in a box and place them in the garage or attic for 6 months. If you haven't needed to open the box by then, donate the box - try not to open it and go through it first. Of course, I'm not talking about momentos!
I use this idea in my children's bathroom. We have five kids so it worked great! But I also did it in my two youngest daughter's bedroom.
I bought those hanging shoe pocket organizers and hung one in the bathroom and one in their room.
The one in the bathroom had the oldest (and tallest) kids' lotion, dental floss, brushes, hair stuff, etc. in it. The lower ones for the younger kids. The only rule was that the oldest daughter could not put her razor in her pocket and had to leave that put up in her room.
In my youngest daughters room I put one for all of their beanie babies and stuffed animals that were that size or smaller. It was a miracle worker!
Read about the Flylady at www.flylady.com. She'll tell you what to do to clean it and keep it clean. Also, declutter. Try not to accumulate more things (books included). Each time you buy one get rid of one. You cant organize clutter!
By Carol in PA
OK...I have some advice and it is going to cost a few dollars but I will tell you right now: IT IS WORTH IT! You need to go to Walmart or the dollar store and buy plastic shoe boxes with lids. At Walmart they are only 88 cents and at the dollar store they are, well...a dollar. Anyway, they are great for art supples, make up, hair stuff, desk clutter, crafts, jewelery, nail polish, treasures etc. I label them and stack the 5 or so tall. I have the everywhere: bathroom, pantry, bedroom, laundry room, craft room, toy room. Even if you just buy 10 of them it will cost $10 and it will help so much that you will be waiting for your allowance to buy more. Your mom will be so happy she will offer to buy you more! Good luck and I hope you are willing to try this amazingly helpful hint! (03/20/2006)
Here are my suggestions:
1.) Purge what you don't need- more stuff means more time maintaining it (cleaning, arranging, storing.)
2.) Stay on top of things- do a little each day. That way, it doesn't become an insurmountable task. You would be surprised what you can accomplish during a 3-4 minute TV commercial break! Also, get in the habit of putting things away after you use them.
3.) Make sure there is a "home" for everything you own; if there are not enough "homes", you have too much stuff. (03/21/2006)
I taught myself to keep it neat by giving myself one goal at a time instead of the WHOLE. Like every day for a month, the bed. the next month the bed and the floor. By the end of the year you'll look back and wonder what happened. Take the work you do for yourself personally. (04/21/2006)
It might cost a little, but it's worth it. You can go to Kmart or an organization store and find some great woven baskets with liners. You can fill them with clothes, books, CDs, etc., and stack them on a shelf. They look very neat and organized.
By Organization Freak
The best thing to do is to get rid of things. Look at each piece of clothing individually. If you haven't worn it in the last three months and don't plan on wearing in the next three months...pitch it! Better yet, donate it. (07/27/2006)
Try breaking down every part of your room into categories. and give one category to a different day of the week for example
1. monday: bed (under and on top)
2. tuesday: bookshelf (inside and on top)
Then just keep it up from there and your room should stay clean for a very long time. Also like everyone suggested it is a good idea to buy storage bins or woven baskets for a little extra organization. good luck (10/08/2006)
By hypnotic eyes
I think having a schedule everyday, wherein you can clean thoroughly a part of your room using only 3-5 minutes is effective. I usually clean my study area on Mondays, bed on Tuesdays, upper closet on Wednesdays, lower closet on Thursdays ceiling on Fridays, tools on Saturdays and general cleaning goes on Sundays. just be sure to follow your schedule so you won't mess around. (10/11/2006)
By Arlan Alzaga
I have the same problem as you the only word I can think of is "declutter". It helps so much. I'm from England. Over here we just go to Ikea and it has loads of those to clip on to your wall draws. Spend a whole day just "decluttering" then get into the habit of just putting stuff back where it is meant to be! Ok? Also, try find a home for everything you own. (08/26/2007)
I just set up a schedule if I'm busy. I have 15 minutes each day, tidy, tidy.
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