Organizing, Redesign & Staging

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Organizing Teenagers' Rooms (if at all possible)

A great resource for organizing tips is the book, "Organizing Solutions for People with Attention Deficit Disorder". While it is specifically targeted to those with ADD or ADHD or their family members, I find a lot of great tips and solutions in it. Here are some ideas from "How to Organize the Bedroom of an ADD Teenager" -- you're sure to find some simple hints for organizing the room of any teenager.

  1. Choose a single activity and designate an area for it -- listening area, reading area, computer area, dressing area, etc.
  2. Introduce furniture and storage that can support this activity and place it in the appropriate activity area.
  3. Corral support items for this activity into the appropriate storage - all books on book shelf, all beauty items in vanity area.
  4. Remove any intruders from the designated area -- no clothes on the bookshelf, no makeup on the computer desk.
  5. Maintain through controlled shopping and constant purging; if the bookshelf fills up, get rid of some books before you buy more.