16 Mar A better strategy for a better teen wardrobe
Help your teen break free from the chaos of their wardrobe through simple planning
Pivotech’s wardrobe systems effortlessly hide a multitude of clothing and storage sins, but once you slide the doors back … all is revealed. For most teens, the “stash method of wardrobe organisation” is their only method and it simply delays the inevitable lecture from dad or mom on the need to “get it together, clean it up and keep it that way”.
The parent-teen battle over a messy wardrobe and disorganised bedroom often feels like a never-ending struggle with no solution in sight. It’s a point of contention that makes both parties miserable and as most teen-related issues, it’s complicated. Fortunately, the solution doesn’t have to be.
By giving your teen simple and practical routines to follow, implementing and maintaining them will be easy. Your challenge is to devise strategies easier than the teen’s current process of “drop it on the floor and go”. Be realistic and willing to compromise. Keep your focus on the end goal.
Use baskets and shelving to divide up and more effectively utilise a large, open space. They also get things up off the floor, the Bermuda Triangle of the wardrobe.
Budget friendly baskets come in lots of different sizes and materials. Shallow baskets placed on shelves work great for socks and accessory items, while large deep baskets sitting on the floor perfectly corral helmets, basketballs and footballs or hobby and craft supplies.
Give your teen their own laundry basket for the floor of the wardrobe, too. Dirty clothes tend end up on the floor of the bedroom, having their own laundry basket right where they usually land helps to contain the mess.
Shelving systems for shoes gets them up off the floor as well, making it easier to find things and keep things under control.
Make use of vertical space inside the wardrobe. Rails, hooks and picture-rail molding are fantastic for backpacks, jackets, jumpers, belts and more.
Think outside the box
Assess if all the items in your teen’s wardrobe need to be there.
- Does your teen need more shelving in their bedroom for books and memorabilia?
- Are linens being stored there that could go in a central linen cupboard?
- Could coats be moved to a family coat closet?
- Have family suitcases or sleeping bags or similar items made their way into your teen’s storage space?
- Can keepsakes and seasonal items be placed in storage bins that slide under the bed?
When kids are young, it’s easy to claim some of their unused storage space. However, as the years go by, they actually need this space back. In fact, they may need more, like a few shelves in the garage or shed for sport equipment or art supplies. Be flexible about it and look for solutions.
The bedroom storage needs of a teen vary significantly from those of primary school children due to their different lifestyles, interests and needs. The wardrobe organisation systems that worked great for your 8-year-old, need a revamp for your 14-year-old. They’ve collected more years’ worth of sport equipment, Christmas and birthday gifts, and mementos. Organising everything becomes a bigger challenge. However, if you keep the routine realistic and practical, your teen will be able to maintain it.