Sunday, October 12, 2014

Spring Cleaning Tips for Teens

Jump in to spring cleaning this year and get things organized in your room and get it looking the way you would like it to look all the time. Spring cleaning is often something that is done during the warmer months of the year however it can be done during the winter months as well if desired. For this article readers will be able to use the five following tips to get their teenager to spring clean their rooms and keep them organized for the home, their guests and themselves.

Pick a day
Before starting any type of spring cleaning it is important to pick the day to do it. Picking a day can be done easily by looking at the personal calender and seeing what day is free from anything else. Depending on the amount of cleaning or deep cleaning that needs to be done, it may become an all day affair to spring clean. Once a day has been picked to clean it is best to mark this day on the calender or write a "post it" note to keep on a mirror or the computer monitor to be sure not to forget this date.

Make a to do list
Now that a date has been chosen for spring cleaning the next step is to make a to do list. Making a spring cleaning check list is an ideal way to stay organized and not worry about forgetting to do something during the cleaning process.This list can be as detailed as needed for the cleaning process. List items might include, clean out drawers, rearrange furniture, wipe down mirrors and windows, go through clothes, and vacuuming. No matter what goes on this list it is important to write it down. Crossing each item off the list will help keep teenagers organized during the spring cleaning as well as help them to see how much needs to be done.

Sort into three boxes
The items that will be sorted in these boxes are as follows: garbage, goodwill items and items that are truly out of place in the room. This can be very beneficial to getting a room organized and help with spring cleaning tasks. Sorting through items that are underneath the bed, in the closet or inside the desk can help tremendously by ridding the room of items no longer needed. The closet is often the most important place to use these three boxes. Clothes might not fit any longer or ever been worn. If this is the case they can be placed in to the donation or goodwill box. Any trash of course will be taken out to the garbage can and items in the miscellaneous or out of place box can be returned to rightful owners and locations.

Listen to music
Use upbeat tempo music to help boost energy during the cleaning process. Music that is from their iPod can be used to keep teenagers going and give them a sense of their own world as they clean up. This can be music they enjoy at any time, or by using +Spotify or +Pandora  radio teenagers can find new music. If they are a fan of music from the 60s and 70s these songs are also great for cleaning.

Reorganize
If the teenager finds that they would like to rearrange their room by moving their bed or simply the dresser, give them a hand. Changing the way the bed is or even where things are can help open up a room and give it a whole new appearance. Perhaps they bought a new piece of furniture or a stand alone mirror they would like to put in their room, help them with this. No matter what it is that they change, it can truly help the room feel like a new and improved room.

With each of these tips teenagers will have the room they have desired for a while as well as be able to keep it clean throughout the rest of the year with ease. Spring cleaning as mentioned before is not only meant for the warmer months. Spring cleaning is much like a state of mind, do it at any time that is desired for a clean and organized room.  


Do you have any tips to add? Please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

30 comments:

  1. As a teacher of pre-teens (ages 12-13) I see EVERY day how unorganized they are! I don't even want to imagine what their rooms look like, lol! These are some helpful tips!

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  2. My son is only 6 years old but when we do our annual spring cleaning. He helps out with his room! He's job is to sort of all toys that he doesn't play with and we give those away to a second hand store.

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  3. These are great tips. My mom would add a cattle prod. That just about what she had to do with me. =D

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  4. I am a nut for cleaning period. I usually do a deep clean once a month and then a massive seasonal clean. I know. It drives my family batty!!! My son is only 6 but these are good tips for the future! I do listen to upbeat music when I'm cleaning. It does help make it a bit better :)

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  5. Thank you so much for these tips. Tyler and Alyssa are preteens and I really think listening to music would help them.

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    1. I love listening to music while I clean. It keeps me energized and I focus on the music sometimes that I forget I'm cleaning. It reminds me of Mary Poppins.

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  6. Great tips! I'll keep these in mind for when my daughters are teens. They're still really young yet. Although I still make them clean up their toys. :)

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  7. Oh man. These are all great tips I stick to now, but my teenage self had no interest whatsoever in cleaning. Glad that's changed.

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  8. This is wonderful for my preteen! He doesn't want to do anything. He has the attitude of a 16 year old so maybe this can apply to him!

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  9. This is wonderful for my preteen! He doesn't want to do anything. He has the attitude of a 16 year old so maybe this can apply to him!

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  10. These are great tips! I wish spring was a little closer, but this will give me a head start of my spring cleaning plan. Thank you.

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  11. Awesome tips.. i think i need to print these out for my kids.. it is almost that time of the year again to reorganize.

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  12. This isn't perfect for just teens. I need these tips as well!

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  13. Very helpful post and essential too! Even tweeners need to learn this early on! One of my suggestions is they have a donation bin that gets donated every quarter. :)

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  14. Heck, I need to follow these tips, too! I'm not even a teen for crying out loud! Thanks for the advice!

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  15. I love these tips, especially the part to sort into boxes. I've started spring cleaning myself this week!

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  16. Those are great tips, I don't have a teens but this would be helpful in the future.

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  17. I have always had the "donate, dump, organize" pile thing when I clean. It's great for teens, too. I know my teens always had trouble figuring out what to do with their stuff!

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  18. Being unorganized really sucks, you never know where anything is!

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  19. Wish I had this when I was a teen! Would have made my life easier!

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  20. These are amazing tips, I am thinking of doing a personal spring cleaning. Though I do not have three boxes I have 2 (keeping or giving away)

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  21. Listening to music while I'm cleaning always helps me get the job done. This is a great list of tips.

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  22. I don't have a teen however these are some great tips. They can also work for myself actually.

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  23. My son could clean some house when he was listening to music! ha, I forgot all about that!! Great tip. :)

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  24. These are some great tips! Trying to make cleaning fun really makes a difference! Thanks for the post!

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  25. I love your tip to sort everything into three bins. I have two teenagers and it can be hard to get them to agree to clean.

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  26. I always make a list for my teens and my preteen. I find it is much easier for the to stay focused.

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  27. Well, I'm definitely out of my teen years and love the tips that you provided! I like that you suggested 60s or 70s music, too. I'm always listening to music, especially classic rock on Spotify. I never thought about doing it while cleaning. Good idea, though!

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  28. These are all great tips. I particularly like the "sorting" and "music" ones. They both can make a huge job seem more manageable.

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  29. When you have tweens you definitely need tips! These are great. I love the rechoosing the date to clean! Good one. Thanks :)

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