How to Organize Your Teen Bedroom

Okay! So your room is: messy, unorganized, boring, too dark, dull, too kiddish, too mature, sad, been the same "forever", no room, doesn't fit you, ugly, smells bad, or just looks like a tornado crashed through your room. I have the answers.


It looks like a lot but not really. Just pick your category.


Clothes end up on the floor? Many people clean and clean and clean their room, but it still looks too packed and dirty or things just magically end up on the floor and you just don't know how it got there.

Well for starters, get a laundry basket. This will be your best friend. Make sure it's pretty. Or if your closet is big enough and it doesn't bother you, your could get a simple plastic nice colored one load basket at the Dollar store. It's not expensive. But for those people whose closet is small or there's no room in it for a basket, then hampers are perfect. Of course they're about 5-10 dollars, but that isn't that bad, and it's worth it. Get one that fits in a corner and has colors that match your walls or decor.


Every time you change your clothes, put them into the basket/hamper. It's so simple. Before the basket gets too full or to the top, wash it. Well that's for clothes, basically keep them off the floor. Even doing just this makes your room look bigger.

Bed always a mess? Okay, when you don't make your bed, not only is it ugly, but it makes your room look nasty! So if you have a lot of pillows and you sleep by yourself in a small bed, you really only need 2 and maybe 1 throw pillow for looks. Keep pillows off the floor. When you wake up, make the bed. If you have no time then at least make sure that there are no blankets, pillows, or sheets on the floor.

Shoes? Keep them in your closet or under your bed. If you're in a hurry, then at least kick them into a corner or against your wall. That way no one trips on them. For shoe organizers, the worst problems, I personally think tennis shoes are awesome to wear (Converse, Vans, etc.), but look ugly sitting on the floor, or a shelf in the closet. Racks are hideous, but what to do with them?


Okay, one thing, keep the boxes to your shoes. When you're done wearing them, put them into the box and then under your bed. If they don't fit under your bed, put them on the floor or a shelf in your closet stacked with all the other shoe boxes that are there. Yes, it's ugly until you get a shelf that has a door. OK I have 15 pairs of shoes, including 7 pairs of Converse, 2 Vans, 1 pair of boots, 3 pairs of Etnies, and 2 pairs of DC's. (yes I skate)

What Do I Do? Many people don't have a long shelf in their closet, but I do. What I do is have each pair of my shoes in order in a row and to hide them, I have curtains! After I get the pair of shoes I want, then I pull the small curtain over them and close my closet. The curtain is purple and is thick, and my feet don't smell, but I keep a bottle of Febreze in my closet and spray my shoes and clothes, occasionally.


Everything else? Nothing should not be on the floor! "If you use something, put it back", that's what my parents say and I do it. Guess what? It actually works.

  • Belts and jackets go on hooks in your closet or on hangers. Put them in your closet.
  • Books go on a shelf organized by color. It gives your room a clean spark to it.
  • Trinkets go on a shelf. If you have little brothers, sisters, or little people you hang with, then put things high. It's not that difficult, just as long as you can reach it.
  • Make up: girls keep that it a box or a small night table drawer. Put the night table under a mirror which is by your bedroom door. That way, if you need a touch up, then you can just reach for it on your way out. It's also a good way so you don't forget something. Then the night before, put it on the table and then in the morning you remember it! And for something extra, keep a little cute lamp on the table.
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  • Jewelry: keep on an earring rack, necklaces on hooks, and rings on those cool fake hands and get a good color, something bright. Put them all together on a little table or shelf and it looks very pretty, something else that looks nice is to have a cool looking lamp next to it (a lava lamp, or those lamps that are shaped like hearts or pandas, or something). If you have nail polish, keep that all in one place, unless you have like a big collection, then put it in a separate drawer next to your make up.

If Your Room Stinks:

If you're the type of person who likes to keep your door closed all the time, that's a problem because you don't get any air circulation. I can't change that for you, so something else you could do is keep your window open while your door is closed. If you're very private and have peeping toms, then get sheer curtains. That way, you can see out, but they can't see in. (I would consider getting a nice bright color for the sheers like yellow, or a lime green.) This also is a good way to save electricity because of light, and fans, and air conditioning.


If You Want To Make It Homey:

Painted walls! Stay away from those red, black, navy blue, dark green, maroony colors. I personally like black, but it is depressing for everything to be that color; my room is a light purple. Making your room a light color makes it seem bigger which is great. Not only that, but if you have a bright light happy color, you can use dark and bright stuff in your room, which makes it nice.

Try getting (if you have the money) a love seat for when people come over. A love seat is a small couch made for 2 people. It is small and homey. Furniture is nice to have in a room.

Okay, well as you can see, I have much to say when I grow up. I want to be a organizer and clean people's homes and I would love to help and give you advice. I have much more to tell you but so little time. If this didn't help you, don't give up on me. I didn't say everything. I went through the basics. I have more on each topic and more topics I'd like to say but no time.

I would love to help if you have any questions about this.

I have ways to save money where you can buy things, what you should buy, and I'm good for all types of people. I'm pretty much free all the time so I will help you.

And for those who don't know, that's a laundry basket, lol.

By Destiny

About The Author: Destiny posted this in the feedback and we thought it was so good it should be an article.

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By (Guest Post)
April 30, 20080 found this helpful

To have light and privacy, too - I use an old stained glass panel I got from a yard sale (it's cracked, that's why it was cheap, but I mended it with clear tape) Ihave also put tissue paper on the bottom half of the windows. There is also contact paper you can see thru as an alternative - but I don't like it & it's hard to take off - Then I have curtains which started off life as shower curtain panels (I liked the color) on either side.

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May 11, 20160 found this helpful

Welcome Destiny!
Gosh..for a young person,youve got aLOT onthe ball! This is a good thing,for sure! Keep yourself going in same direction,keep notes if it helps,& Ill DEFINITELY get back to you!Gratz!
Stacy T.

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By stngray (Guest Post)
May 1, 20080 found this helpful

I wish Destiny lived at my house.

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By Ellie (Guest Post)
May 1, 20080 found this helpful

Destiny, you are one cool teen! Your advice helped me, and I'm not even a teenager, way beyond!

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By Cathy from Townsville (Guest Post)
May 1, 20081 found this helpful

Destiny, I have to disagree about the black bedroom. I painted mine black (ceiling and walls) and even my mum is impressed with it. The trick is to have the right paint (I used a glossy black over textured wallpaper so the room 'shimmers') and to have accessories that are complimentary. For example, I have an antique gold satin bedspread and curtains, and the furniture including the wardrobe, dressing table and bedheads is white with antique gold highlights. I also have glow-in-the-dark stars everwhere. Everyone comments on how cool my room is, very futuristic.

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By Becky (Guest Post)
May 2, 20080 found this helpful

Destiny, you are awesome girl!! You are going to go far in life AND have the cleanest bedroom ever. Love your posting.

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By Mom to teenager (Guest Post)
May 3, 20080 found this helpful

These are great tips! Perhaps you can come to my house and help my kidling out!

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By (Guest Post)
May 5, 20080 found this helpful

wow so cool to hear from a teenager with such good ideas!! awesome job I am an adult and just learned a few good tips for my 11 year old keep posting girl!!!

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May 6, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with everything you said, but I learned one thing that makes all the difference at least to me.

When you take something off, or finish a plate, DO NOT SET IT DOWN, WITH PLANS TO PICK IT UP...MAKE IT ALL ONE MOVEMENT ...when you take off your jeans after school, while they are still in your hand, decide to hang or basket toss...and make it one movement.. Picking stuff up after we've put it down, requires overcoming physical inertia and it feels harder because it actually is. If you drink the last drop from a glass and while it's still in your hand put it in sink or dishwasher, it's less effort than if you put it down, remind yourself to pick it up , pick it up, get up, move.
Same for towels, etc. Walk to where you want to leave your shoes, and then take them off.

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By martin (Guest Post)
June 19, 20080 found this helpful

Wow, this really helped a lot. My bedroom is such a mess and I always need to clean it. I found that hanging drawers from your ceiling is a very cool and space efficient way to organize your room.

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By kristen (Guest Post)
July 19, 20080 found this helpful

I think my room is to kiddish. I need help.

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By Jessie (Guest Post)
July 21, 20080 found this helpful

Hey you said you want to be an organizer person when you grow up and SO do I! That is so cool. I bet you watch HGTV sometimes don't you?

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By nomoremessygirl (Guest Post)
September 7, 20080 found this helpful

OMG! That was so cool! You rock Destiny. I wish we were related then you could just come in and make my whole room whenever my mom asked me to! I hate cleaning my own room cause theres so many more things that could be done in there and it's a lot of work and a lot of money I don't have but when I see rooms with opportunity I wanna go in there and just make it look great which is why I volunteered to organize my ugly stinky non finished basement. My dog lived down there for a year and plus we had mice so it stinks. I would use it to have the coolest halloween party ever coming up but im too embarrassed to have ppl over. I need to organize it in a way that's cute fun. It has lots of storage space and that's good for the whole family like it can't be cute by being pink or something it has to be something that my little bro would like too. I think you can help me.

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By Amber (Guest Post)
September 22, 20080 found this helpful

Wow! This really helped me clean my room! You are the coolest person in the world! How do you do it? I wish you could come over. ILOVEU!

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By lolo (Guest Post)
September 23, 20080 found this helpful

This is a very nice article. The only problem I have is losing items. Any advice?

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By Girl who hates tidying her room! (Guest Post)
September 28, 20080 found this helpful

OMG! Destiny you rock! I hate tidying my room and dont see the point because it only gets messy again but now I can actually put things away all the time and then my room wont be a pigsty ever again! Thanks Destiny you are the Queen of Clutter!

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By Skye (Guest Post)
September 30, 20080 found this helpful

OMG. My mom and I were discussing like all of these topics last night. We are re-doing my brothers room and mine is a bit messy so I try to organize a few things. I am actually very neat and organized but at times i get lazy and don't even bother these little tips really helped. I have like no homework today so i am about to go clean and get organized with your wonderful tips. Thanks! xoxo Skye

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By Megan (Guest Post)
December 5, 20080 found this helpful

OK, I am going to try your ideas and some other ones for a home office because I go to high school online so thanks much.:)

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By madilynn (Guest Post)
December 17, 20080 found this helpful

You are very good at organizing rooms, my mom made me clean out my room before Christmas because i was getting a lot of stuff. So i tried all your ideas i have a lot of shoes just like you like 3 pairs of uggs dc's and etnies high heels cause I'm a girlly grl ahah thank you.

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By nora (Guest Post)
December 29, 20080 found this helpful

Okay, I totally agree with everything you say. I tried it and my bedroom is nice and tidy. =) I have some advice that might also help your room to be less cluttered. If you have a walk in closet and a dresser, try putting the dresser into your closet. That's what I do and it works REALLY good. kay thanks bye. oh wait! I have a question. If you hang things on your wall, does that make it look more...finished? okay now I'm done. Bye norababe106 at aim dot com

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January 5, 20090 found this helpful

ok your room must be clean

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By Brenna G. (Guest Post)
January 23, 20090 found this helpful

This totally help lots! It's just hard for me to stay focused :/

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By (Guest Post)
February 13, 20090 found this helpful

I'll try it. I have two bunnies so they shed ALL THE TIME! It's really hard to keep my room clean with them shedding. My parents say that the only way I get a horse is maintaining my responsibilities. Starting with my room.

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By Hannah (Guest Post)
February 14, 20090 found this helpful

This is awesome. I'm 18 and I cant keep my room tidy for more than a week. This is really going to help me lol you are awesome, Destiny Thanks for some cool advice. Keep posting hun xx

From Hannah

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April 18, 20100 found this helpful

I think I'm going to try all these tips because I would like to keep my room tidy for a change. I keep asking my mum if she will buy me a hamster but she told me I have to learn to look after my room before I can have a pet so I hope these tips help me :)

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November 6, 20100 found this helpful

So, I really need to organize and clean my room, but the problem is, I have a really, really small room, and I don't even have a closet. I have no where to put stuff! I need help!

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January 1, 20110 found this helpful

In the winter, it is great to put a candle warmer in your room, with a great smelling candle. Or you can use a diffuser (which is safer), you can use those at college too!

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January 3, 20110 found this helpful

Okay, I am an 18 year old senior in high school and I have a nasty habit of keeping things that I usually or next to never use. Yet, when I finally decide to throw some of the things out to make room, and to help me organize. It turns out that I needed it. So, i have just settled with keeping next to everything but trash. I keep my room clean but I have no idea how to organize it. It's pretty on the outside but inside my closet, its a horrible mess. I call my closet "the monster" and sometimes the mess spreads to the rest of my poor room. Please help!

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July 7, 20120 found this helpful

I need help organizing my room! My room is quite big, but here comes the problem; I have to keep 2 beds in my room in case any guests comes or something, and my beds aren't small. They are the one and half kind of single beds. I have 2 large chairs and a small table. The closet is like the ones that comes in the wall. Plus my room colours aren't matching at all.

I have the beds colour dark brown and the wall closet is dark brown too. The walls are like creamy (I can't paint my mom is allergic to the smell of paints), and the mat I have is red in colour and the chairs are like dull green. I also do have a big balcony that I don't know what to do with. Here are pics. Please I need a lot of help.

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January 1, 20150 found this helpful

Penny K,

It's 2015 and I'm just now reading your 2008 feedback to 'How to Organize Your Teen Bedroom'. The article is quite lengthy what with so much feedback having been added over the years.

If any one tip in this article would be rated as overall best, I think it would be yours. Thanks

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June 10, 20150 found this helpful

My bedroom Is a medium size and I have lots of stuff. I try Storage solutions but it only makes my bedroom look stuffed. My closet is small, I have a captains bed, a desk, and three shelves, but my room is still messy. Any Tips?

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February 9, 20161 found this helpful

Thank you for sharing. Your article was so well written and easily understood. You are an incentive for any teen that wants to organize their room. I am a senior citizen and always so happy to hear such positive ideas. You go girl....

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