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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  • My daughter is a hoarder. She has bins and hampers that get filled with stuff that’s not meant to go in them. Messy room meand no friends over…..


  • Thanks for sharing.


  • In my own experience, its about instilling the reason for cleaning and tidying up, trying not to make it not-fun (limit nagging) and choosing your battles


  • My brother is still a teen and honestly, he has no shame in his messy room. And even brings his girlfriend over! It’s tough getting teens to do things, but the sooner they realise jts what’s best best them, the better..


  • The best thing I ever did was buy my teenager a laundry hamper and bin for her room. Sounds so simplistic, but it’s worked a treat and saving the endless battles we used to have over a messy bedroom!


  • I would definitely read The Clutter Connection/take the free online quiz – heaps of helpful suggestions for how to best keep rooms tidy based on your own organisation style.


  • Great advice. I try to accept that the teen’s bedroom will be messy, but it’s hard to accept! I aim to provide easy to use storage to help.


  • They are not allowed food or drink in their rooms and if they want friends over their rooms are too be cleaned or no friends over.


  • Kmart storage boxes are lifesaver!


  • No food or drinks in bedrooms and never had any problems and made them clean own rooms and if they want friends over clean and tidy or it’s not happening.


  • The only way to keep a teenagers room clean is if a teenager doesn’t live in it


  • Sometimes, I just don’t want to open the door and enter, always seeking and appreciate advice.


  • So glad all my kids have moved out hahaha


  • My son was good as he knew it was his room and no food goes in there and I worked full time, so I didn’t have a lot of time and he had to help me by doing his own room which he did and he played a lot of sport and I had to take him so needed me for that.


  • My son is a tween and super messy…it sux.


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