I'm 14 and I have a very small bedroom that never seems to stay clean. I have a twin size bed, a small 3 shelved book shelf (that is full) and a dresser type thing. I have very little room on either side of my bed, but still it seems to just get messy. So if you have any organizational tips that will be easy for me to keep track of that help it would be greatly appreciated. I can't start to decorate my room until my organizing gets better.
You can organize and decorate at the same time. You can cover shoe boxes with fabric that fits your decor, for instance. The key to organization is "a place for everything and everything in its place" pile all your clutter and see if you can organize it into categories (including what you can get rid of). Once you do that you can assign everything a place (a labeled place). Then adjust your daily habits: never put anything down anywhere except for its assigned spot. Then you will never have to de-clutter again, because you will do it one small item at a time.
For a small bedroom try low-profile plastic containers. For the closet try hanging fabric shelves and a over-the-door shoe holder to reclaim the floor. I have a very small apartment and recently had to figure out a way to store books, without buying a new bookshelf. My husband suggested the windowsill. It looks so pretty and saves shelf space. But please check with your parents first as this may present an escape hazard in a fire. (10/28/2008)
If you have space under your bed, be sure to use it. But get rolling carts or bins so that you can easily get to your stuff so things don't get shoved under and forgotten about. My son (also 14) has two of these under his bed and uses them for items he doesn't need everyday. He also put one of his dressers in the closet to free up floor space and has plenty of open shelves (rather than a book shelf) that are attached to the wall that go almost all the way to the ceiling. He uses these for books and displaying his "treasures".
We also have a door organizer on the back of his door that holds his laundry basket and has pockets for gloves and hats that he can grab on the way out of his room. A magnet board holds important papers and notes, but a whiteboard or cork board would work well, too. Use bins with lids that can stack to keep like items together like school supplies, collections and hobby items. Hope this helps you out in some way. Good Luck. CB (10/28/2008)
What we did was make my bed into a loft. It takes a bit of construction and planning, but it gets the bed off the floor and allows for more room for other furniture or cubbies to help you organize. (10/29/2008)
I too have a small bedroom and I have 3 doors in the room, 2 of which swing into the room. I have to keep the door to the bedroom open, but I put up curtains in the doorway for privacy and insulation. Basically I have to keep the room around my bedroom clear so as not to block traffic. Even with these limitations I have found ways to keep things organized. I am in the process of renovating my closet with shelving units based on Schulte storage designs (http://www.schultestorage.com/). I'm getting my supplies (metal brackets, screws, shelf supports, wood and dowels) from the hardware store and designing a configuration to suit my needs.
You may not have the closet space for this, but you might have the wall space to build up, as long as you don't live in earthquake territory. If you can build up shelves along your walls, you can make them decorative by putting curtains or fabrics on them with some strategically placed Velcro strips. I also use 2 small plastic dressers as nightstands. They each have 3 drawers that can work as excellent storage, too. Overall, get creative and think in new ways. I'm constantly going to Apartment Living, HGTV and the Style Network websites to get ideas, and then tailoring those ideas to fit my budget and needs. (11/08/2008)
I've found that the key to keeping things where they belong is to make where they belong wherever it is you happen to keep them. If your coat is always on the floor by the door. Put a hook right there, it's just as easy to put it on the hook as it is on the floor. If you always read in bed, make sure you can reach your bookshelf from your bed. I have my hamper right by my bed because otherwise, my floor will fill up with dirty clothes. My hamper is in exactly the spot that I was putting my clothes. (11/23/2008)
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