Organize + Energize: Organizing Your Teen for Back to School
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Teenagers need structure, especially in today’s world where everything is fast-paced and they all seem to have a lot on their plate. It will be much easier to handle everything that is thrown at them if they are organized. Most want organized systems in the home, but when both parents are disorganized, it becomes a little challenging to transfer the skill set to them.
Teenagers that are disorganized will often have mental clutter. Mental clutter will cause stress and overwhelm. Think about everything your teenager is juggling on their schedule. Aside from school, are they involved in after-school activities, sports, dance, or household chores? To a disorganized teenager, this can be information overload. If they are organized and have systems in place, this creates a smooth flow to their lives.
Take the time to sit down with your teen and ask the following questions:
- How are you functioning in your room?
- What systems are working, if any?
- Do you have a place for everything in your room?
- How are you handling the paper you bring home from school? Is it just thrown in a corner or is there a system to handle it?
- Are you keeping track of project due dates and events, etc.?
- Do you feel overwhelmed in any area of your life?
Listen, take notes and then help your teen develop working organized systems to help them with their daily routines. Transfer the organizational skill set to them. Most adults I work with grew up in disorganized homes where the skill set was never learned and then most grew up in a home where their parents did everything for them, never allowing them to learn the skill set. Do you want your teens to follow in your footsteps?
Give your teen a chance to see how their quality of life will improve once they become organized. They will thank you for it, trust me on this. You can start the process with your children before they are teenagers. Start creating systems for your young ones to follow. Remember, routines become habits.
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Flip flop organizer
How many flip flops do you own? Are they thrown all over the closet floor? How long does it take you to find a match to one of them? Bed Bath and Beyond has a $9.99 flip flop organizer that holds 6 pairs of flip flops and hangs nicely in your closet. This is a must-have if you have more than 5 pairs of flip flops. I’ve purchased these for my clients and they work great!
You love your scarves, but it takes you forever to locate one and you have to throw 5 around to find the one you are searching for. Use a scarf organizer and you will be able to see all your scarves and find them at a moment’s notice. Bed Bath and Beyond has a few different types of scarf organizers, including this one for $9.99.
Did you know people who didn’t own shoe racks were 7 times more likely to show up late for an event? Are your shoes in piles on the floor? Get them off the floor and contain them in a shoe rack. There are many options out there, like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. Choose the shoe rack that is going to fit what you need to hold and fit in the space you are working with.
How are you storing your handbags? Are they stored all over your closet? Are they in bins or crumpled up on the floor? It’s time to organize your bags. There are many options depending on the space you are working with. You can stand them up on a shelf, you can hang them, or if they are small, you can store them in a canvas bin. The choice is yours. Think about how you function and develop a system from there.
Baseball cap organizer
How many baseball caps do you own? How are they organized in your closet now, and how long does it take you to find one? The Container Store (pictured here), Bed Bath and Beyond, and other stores sell this baseball cap organizer. I have a few clients that have purchased them and they love them!
Function over flash
There are many variations on these products. Choose the product that is right for you. There are some organizing products I would never use, but other people might choose to use them. Choose the one that is going to be the most efficient and productive product for you and your family. Don’t choose a product because it’s pretty, choose it based on functionality. Search online for different products before you rush out and purchase a product. You may find that one store is more expensive than another. Don’t forget if you are going to Bed Bath and Beyond to use their 20% off coupons. If you don’t want to purchase these items, get creative and re-purpose items around the home, or make your own!
Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.
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