Rita and Cane
Rita and Cane
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  • Gresham, OR

My Teen's Bedroom Was Out of Control!

4 Days
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My "close the door and don't ask" approach to her room just wasn't working. When she left town for a few days, it was the perfect opportunity to go in and start over.
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
Clearly, built-in storage isn't a silver bullet to good organization. But it didn't help that this bedroom has no real closet.
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
The first step was to clear the room completely, so I could get rid of things she no longer wanted/needed and know exactly what I needed storage for. We hauled everything outside...
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
So that we'd have a clean slate inside:
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
In four days we completely cleaned the room, painted the walls, researched storage options, bought supplies, and put everything back in, only better.
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
We discovered ways to use lots of common items in new ways. Ikea's kitchen section has lots of great stuff for bedroom storage:
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
And a bin intended for small toys is a great place to store make-up and hair accessories:
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
We found this solution for flip-flop and flat sandal storage in an office supply store...
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
...and old magazine racks became a perfect way to store/display library books separately from the books she owns (so we'll have a better chance of getting them back to the library on time.
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
We found it was the smallest things that could be the most useful, such as a box of plain cup hooks:
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
More importantly than any organization tricks, though, were the lessons I learned about how to negotiate the project with my daughter in such a way that she felt supported and empowered--because I knew if I couldn't do that, the room would quickly devolve right back into its former messy state.
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
For the full story and more organization strategies, please check out our final post on the blog (see link below). It contains links to posts with steps we took each day, as well as one with 7 questions to ask yourself before embarking on a similar project.
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
We didn't end up with a Pinterest-perfect room--but that's not what my teen wanted. She wanted a room with her stuff, organized how she wanted it. And that's what she got. Best of all? She's keeping it much cleaner! :-)
bedroom makeover teen organization, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
Rita and Cane

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  • Phi29116402
    on Feb 13, 2018

    Even better than that, it seems that you and she got to spend some quality time together doing something that you both benefited from. Great job mom!

  • Roxana Oliver
    on Jul 9, 2018

    Hey this looks great! I also redid a room recently for my nephew. He used to not even be in the house, his room was so messy even he didn't want to hang out there :D Now after a complete (but low budget) redo, he won't leave, he is always in there playing his fav basketball games https://www.funbrain.com/games/math-basketball

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