Organizing and decorating a teenage girl’s room doesn’t have to be drudgery. In fact, it can be quite gratifying to create a space that she loves and is all her.
Hazel is responsible for keeping her own room clean. She has her own little vacuum and straightens and dusts each week. About twice a year I help her deep clean her room. Hazel, at the age of 13, was super helpful this time around!
Organizing and Decorating a Teenage Girl’s Room
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We started with the closet. In lieu of purchasing bulky furniture that would take up floor space in her already small bedroom, we installed a closet system. We actually installed closet systems in every closet when we purchased our home 10 years ago. EasyClosets makes it so easy to fit a lot in! A dresser isn’t necessary with a closet system like this!
In the closet, we go shelf by shelf and purge what is no longer needed, cleaning as we go. The right side of the closet holds most of Hazel’s foldable clothes. There is an underwear/sock drawer and a pajama drawer. Everything else is folded on shelves. Swimsuits are in one of the boxes (purchased at Michael’s) on the bottom shelf.
When we designed these closet systems, we decided to save money on drawers by splitting a set of four between Hazel and Zack’s closets. In retrospect, we probably should have swung for two sets of four drawers. Live and learn! We labeled the drawers and shelves ages ago and probably don’t need the labels so much any more but they are useful when Blake puts clothes away;0)
The left side of the closet has the easiest access to hanging clothes and shelves hold all of her other stuff. She has a miscellaneous basket, a basket for office/art supplies, one for spirit clothes, and another for collectibles.
The top shelf of the closet holds her suitcase and memory boxes.
I love this view from the hall! We moved Hazel’s bookshelf over by her chair. Seriously though, she still has piles of books under the window (ssshhhh … don’t tell anyone). We need a matching bookshelf for the other side of the window.
Do you recognize anything from Pier1?! The bed, tree pictures and a few throw pillows were purchased there. Hazel picked everything out herself, right down to the paint color. We felt it was important for her to make the decorating decisions for her own room. She did an awesome job making her room just the way she likes it!
We even came up with a nice sell pile!
One thing leads to another! Cleaning out and purging results in an office full of stuff to decide whether it’s ebay worthy or goes to the garage sale pile. It’s a never ending circle so we might as well enjoy the process!
We’ve learned how to pack a lot in Hazel’s closet and make her room super comfortable for her with the things she loves.
Hazel’s room should be good for at least another six months when we’ll get in there and purge again. In the meantime, she will enjoy her clean and organized space.