4-day teen bedroom challenge!

My daughter is amazing.

Truly, she is. She’s at the top of her class (in spite of a killer course load), she volunteers, she’s a leader in her school activities, and the only worry she ever gives me is that she might be pushing herself too hard. Her biggest indulgence? Binge-reading YA novels and binge-watching Netflix on the rare weekend that she gets some downtime.

It’s because her downtime is so rare that I have let her get away with this:

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Right now, she’s away at a national student competition. (In Nashville! I am so jealous.) Back in May, I told her that her room would need to be restored to order and cleanliness before she left. Late last week, I realized that was likely not going to happen.

In fairness, it is not all her fault. Although she’s got lots of desk and shelf space, she doesn’t even have a closet:

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This room was created to be a home office, but we’ve been using it as a 4th bedroom. We’ve never done much to fix this space up; she’s always been an independent, do-it-myself kind of person, and she hasn’t wanted my help. She has said she likes it just the way it is.

I did tell her before she left on Friday that I’d be finishing the job for her, and I received her blessing. (Mostly.) I made sure to find out what things could and could not be discarded.

Last night (after Cane and I had a lovely one-night stay at the Oregon coast), I started in. Within minutes I realized that this room needs a total overhaul.

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Part of the reason the room looks like something from an episode of Hoarders is that my girl has a hard time letting go of things, and part of the reason is that she is so dang busy, but a bigger part is that there are no organizational systems that work for how she really lives.

Momma’s gonna change all that. And I’ve got to do it by Thursday.

I knew that if I live-blogged this challenge, I’d be more likely to get it done. So here goes:  By Thursday, this room is going to have:

  • A system for storing all her clothing
  • Storage at the top of her elevated bed
  • Systems for storing make-up, jewelry and other accessories, school supplies, and books
  • No more mini-blinds or vertical blinds
  • Adequate lighting and seating

And, it’s all going to look good, too.

I’m gathering ideas as fast as I can. You can see what I’ve found on this Pinterest board:

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I’ll be tracking progress on our Facebook page, and I’ll try to get a mid-way post up on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Wish me luck! And if you’ve got any great ideas, please do share!

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This is just the pile of shoes and clothing to be donated to a charitable thrift store.

UPDATE:  Links below will take you to all the project posts:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Questions to ask before beginning

Teen bedroom storage solutions