The Teen Bedroom Dilemma!

Is your teen still sleeping in a room decorated with doggies, dolls, princesses or baby pictures, then it maybe it’s finally time to give in and redecorate!

They should be comfortable areas with organized zones and certainly reflect the personalities of the teen occupying the space! Build in enough storage to keep clutter under control. Sound like Mission Impossible? You could take the easier road and literally allow your teen to plan his/her room out giving them a voice and in-put in following these simple ideas:

1. Color – It’s their space – let them choose!

Hot luminous glowing walls may not be your “thing,” but if that’s your teen’s desire — why not? Different wall colors/textures…  Remind yourself, this is your child’s room, not yours. And paint is relatively inexpensive and certainly easy enough to change later – don’t pick this argument! When your teen’s color phase ends in a year or so, you can simply repaint. (or can agree they have to live with it for x-amount of years or repaint themselves at their expense later, etc.)  If you simply can’t bend on wall color, allow your teen to go crazy with bedding or curtains.(paints cheaper!)

2. Express Themselves for who they are!  

Be creative – again give them some leeway!  Let your teen create art work that defines his or her being/interests. Or, use photos of friends, help figure out a way to display them — in frames, string them as garland, make or buy photo frames, soft billboards, hanging mobile, under a desk mat or on a bulletin board, however they prefer – again – it’s their space! Make certain it’s simple to change out photos — TTY or ‘tumultuous teen years’,famous for their fragile friendships – on again, off again!

3. Yuck – Laundry!

O Yes!  Most likely his or her dirty laundry is on the floor, bed, back of a chair, on desk – anywhere but where it should be!  Make getting laundry into the hamper simple – designate a bin/hamper – set up designated basket near door or in bathroom for when showering – it may increase the odds of cleaner space! Or, invest in a hamper that’s designed to look like a basketball net and hoop. The idea of sinking 3-pointers with dirty socks may actually help keep them off the bedroom floor.

4. Hang-out space

A teenager needs a place to study, listen to music, decompress as it is not easy being a teen today, or hang out with a friend. Even the tiniest bedroom can have floor pillows, comfy chair, or table. If space is super tight, you may need to pile on the pillows to transform the bed into a casual sofa or use foldable style chairs, table.  Depending upon house rules, you may want to include video games, dvd for movies to keep your teen and his or her guests entertained.

5. Storage – always a dilemma with Teens!

Teens come with lots of things, probably because they are stuck in that awkward place being a kid & being a grown-up at the same time with many changes ahappening!

This means they need places for stuff:  some they can put away and take back out depending on who’s over.  Stuffed animals, clothes, CD/DVDs, speakers, trophies, ribbons, shoes, games, photos, books, equipment, and so much more. Walk through your teen’s room and figure out what doesn’t have a designated storage space — or not enough space. Offer to help your teen sort through items. Perhaps some could go into scrapbooks, digital memory books, donated to younger siblings or cousins or attic storage.

Once you know exactly what you need to store in the bedroom, start planning it out together and how best to zone, hide or to store.
If new furniture is in the budget, consider built-in drawers underneath the bed or a reader in the family maybe a shelf headboard.  Small room?  Corner or loft-style beds will provide space below for a desk or dresser. Similarly, reworked closets, shelves, hanging cabinets can also address this area by adding square feet of floor space!  Be creative!