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the American tradition of switching from
Fall to Holiday decorations. Those who weren't
the stores for the sales seemed to be putting up lights outside and
the festive mood. Along with all the upheaval, in our house came an
need from my husband to "help" us all get organized.
This inspired the series
of articles this week. Organizing the teenage bedroom and how that
their schoolwork and sense of overwhelm. It always amazes me that a
of tidying can make such a dramatic difference to how students perform,
much more relaxed they can be.
As usual I will be
developing this topic more in my blog as
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The bedroom is a scene for many
a battle between teenagers and their parents. There is no doubt that
some people are born with a neatness gene that others seem to lack. I
have even heard some teens admitting that if left to their own devises
they would rather be tidier, but a messy room is their way of reacting
against the pressure they are put under.
But what does the state of the
room have to do with how they perform at school?
Sometimes it has no impact at all! Some students can operate with
complete efficiency amid total turmoil. If this is the case then your
battle for a neat room needs to focus on other issues. Or you could
close the door and pretend it is not there!
If however the state of the room is impacting your child's ability to
cope at school then action does need to be taken. The focus needs to be about the ability to
be effective and not about appearances. Work outside of the room
first with a focus organization then you can tackle the room once trust
has been established.
Identify areas of the
room, where different activities take place. Typically, this includes
working, sleeping, grooming, entertaining and collecting.
Clear out the areas one
at a time, but make sure you have agreed some basic rules before you
You can then organize
each area, making sure that the prime focus is on the student. It
should be easy to maintain, in line with how the student operates and
easy to work with.
Agree ground rules for
what you both expect as standards for maintenance. If you have a
particular pet peeve make sure the standards are clear. My particular
one is that I want curtains opened (it is at the front of the house!)
and the bed made each morning. So we make sure that this is easy to do
-- no tie backs and a duvet rather than sheets.
The bottom line is that there will always be battles between parents
and teenagers over the state of their rooms. Just be clear what is
behind it. Deal with the things that will affect their school
performance first and separately, then tackle the rebellion and acting
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