December 22, 2020


Being messy is part of being a teenager, but with these tips for keeping a teen bedroom clean, nagging will be a thing of the past!

With the challenges of school, friendships, relationships, and puberty (what a fun time that was!) there’s no denying that being a teenager is tough. While it’s important to pick your battles, patience can start to fade pretty quickly when you begin to notice that half the cutlery has disappeared from the kitchen and you haven’t seen any clothes make their way to the laundry in weeks.

If you dread what’s behind the door of the teen bedroom in your house, or if you fear that the mess is starting to become a borderline biohazard, these easy tips and tricks will help you tackle the problem and keep the peace. No nagging required!

Convenience Is Key

The journey to the laundry basket or bin can be too much to ask when it comes to teenagers. Imagine expecting them to walk all the way to the kitchen!? Rather than giving up and resigning yourself to endless arguments, providing your teen their own laundry basket and bin means zero effort is required to put clothes and rubbish where they belong rather than on the floor. Once you can finally see the desk and bedframe again, a quick wipe down with the Oates Anti Bacterial Sponge Scourer will get rid of any germs that were lurking beneath. We’re pretty sure your teen will enjoy having a clean space too (even if they won’t admit it)!

Clean Up Spills

Trying to keep food and drink out of a teen bedroom is an impossible task, particularly when they are studying, so there’s no point stressing about the potential mess. Staying on top of spills as they happen, however, is essential if you want to avoid unwanted guests paying a visit. We can’t imagine anything worse than discovering your teen’s bedroom is home to a plague of creepy crawlies (or worse)! The Oates Anti Bacterial Sponge Scourers come in a handy three-pack so there are plenty to go around. Giving one to each of your teens for their own room is an easy way to encourage them to clean up any snack-related mess before it becomes a problem and means you don’t have to invade their privacy on the regular.

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Set Small Goals

Rather than asking your teen to transform their bedroom from a disaster zone to magazine-worthy in a day, set them small tasks that can be easily completed in a matter of minutes. Committing to a quick dusting session and vacuum once a week, and wiping desks and other surfaces with the Oates Anti Bacterial Sponge Scourers, are simple yet effective ways to manage mess before it gets out of control. If you’re hoping your teen’s bedroom might be ready for Christmas, however, it might be time to start setting small goals now!

Accept It And Move On

While we’re all for ensuring every member of the family pulls their weight when it comes to cleanliness, sometimes it’s important that we don’t take things too seriously. Mess is a fact of life, particularly when you have teenagers and a teen bedroom is a small slice of independence and privacy for them in the chaos of the family home. Allowing them to take responsibility for their own space can go a long way towards preventing them from becoming that 20-something-year-old who still has their mum clean their room! Provide them with easy-to-use products like the Oates Anti Bacterial Sponge Scourers, open their windows for fresh air while they’re at school, and remember that there will come a time when they too will get sick of the mess. Well, we can hope!

What are your top tips and tricks for keeping a teen bedroom tidy? SHARE them in the comments!

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  • I have always tried to teach mine from young to put their things away I don’t do anything special but remind them here and there if there is something not in its place. So far so good I think they are a bit too over the top with things being “in the right place” at times but I’d rather that then a big mess I suppose.


  • I really enjoyed reading the handy tips especially the point of setting small but manageable goals. I tried this today and it worked. I got my kids to neatly put away their clothes in the appropriate places. I also bribed them with a milkshake if they could get it done before lunch.


  • My tween is terrible at keeping her bedroom clean. I would love to see how people store kids clothes and ‘nic nacs’ in rooms. I just feel like there is junk everywhere


  • I dread my 7 year old becoming a teenager, this post describes her to a tee. It’s been a battle since she started becoming independent. I’m ready to throw away everything she owns.


  • Great helpful tips! Definitely keeping on top of it helps, I know my 8 year old struggles if he doesn’t have daily reminders! I have a reward chart ATM where they earn points by helping with cleaning and keeping their bedroom clean.once they reach enough points they get to choose a prize from the prize box which works for us.


  • Yes so true a few helpful hints for them perhaps and the wipes work wonders. It is they’re own private space so definitely needs to be respected I feel. Which is why I’m not too strict just try to have a balance.


  • My newly minted teen has her own bin & Landry hamper however the floor-drobe is still going strong with leftover wrappers & fruit peels.


  • I agree we never have food and drinks (apart from water) in the kids bedrooms or upstairs. It means I never find rotten apple cores or mouldy food around the house!


  • When my daughter was in her teens I was very strict and had rules that she had to abide too. One of the many rules was keeping her room tidy. If on the weekend her room was a mess, I would take all items on the floor(clothes, equipment etc) and throw it all in the bin. She soon learnt.


  • I’m in the accept it and move on stage of my bedroom! I have clothes and pillows on the floor pushed against the walls. I let the kids bedrooms go fr a bit till they decide to do artwork on the bed and end up drawing on the sheets or until I can’t get to their beds due to all the toys!


  • my Daughter is only 7 and l have taught her early to keep her room clean l give her pocket money each week to keep it clean So l have told her when she gets older if her room is not clean there will be NO pocket money and she will have to get a job to get anything she wants


  • I like these tips as it meets teens halfway to start getting them used to domestic responsibilities. Baby steps with some people!


  • My sons were poles apart when they were younger. They both had very tidy rooms but with a big difference. The youngest one knew where his things were and he always put his dirty clothes in the wash. However when it came to wash day there wasn’t much from his older brother. We found out the secret when he couldn’t find his school uniform. Turned out that he would sweep his floor and everything went under his bed. He would have his quilt hanging down low so you only saw under the bed if you lifted it up. Now that he’s an adult his home is squeaky clean.


  • Start teching them to clean when they are very young


  • Keeping on top of it always helps!


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