Inside: The best teenage bedroom cleaning checklists to get their space clean.
We all have heard how important it is to keep a clean room, but we don’t really know WHY it’s so important. For the most part, the statement makes it seem like it’s strictly for appearance’s sake but in reality, it goes much deeper than that.
Having a tidy space allows for your head to be clear. When your room is messy, it can trigger many feelings of stress, depression, and overall bad feelings.
In fact, I read that being in a cluttered mess of space actually triggers your inner fight or flight response. It may not be a bear coming at you, but a messy room is a silent killer.
Who would have thought that such a simple thing could actually have such a large impact on our brains! I know how annoying parents can seem when they are constantly nagging you to keep your room clean…but they are doing it out of love. They want what’s best for you, and clean space is definitely that!
Keeping Your Teens Space Clean
It is especially important to keep your teen’s space clean seeing as their constantly changing emotions make them much more sensitive to the effects of a clean space. With school, social pressures, and figuring out their own identity, they need a clean space to be able to function properly.
At the same time though, it is equally important that they are able to clean their space themselves so that as they go on through life, they will have the tools to do so.
So how do you keep your kids on a cleaning schedule without holding their hand through it the whole time?
Que teenage bedroom cleaning checklists!
The internet is full of these checklists that will help guide your teens to a clean space in a way that is fun, simple, and effective. I’m not even a teen anymore and I bought one of these to try. I made a list below of the best ones you can get to start implementing this. But first, let’s go over the best ways to clean to make it easier.
How to Clean
Cleaning is all about the routine of it all. If you clean your space just once a week, it won’t be a constant state of tidiness but rather it’ll be in a constant state of slowly accumulating mess. I know this from experience.
The best way to clean is to do a little bit every day. To make it a habit so it becomes like muscle memory. That way you never have to spend longer than an hour cleaning, unless it’s a deep cleaning day.
We will get more into the importance of deep cleaning shortly but for now, here are some tips for cleaning your bedroom.
Tip #1 Always Start with Your Bed
Starting with your bed makes a big difference. Since your bed is a large space in your bedroom, making it will instantly make you feel like you’ve already gotten a lot done. This also gives you a surface to sort things on, if needed. So start cleaning by making your bed.
Tip #2 Pick Things Up By Category
When your room is messy, it can feel overwhelming to start cleaning. There are just so many things to pick up! So my best advice here to simply pick a category of item to focus on organizing. I make a mini list right here:
By doing this, you will find that your room will be clean in no time at all.
Tip #3 Put Away Your Clothing
Clothing takes up so much space, that as soon as you put it away your room will feel infinitely cleaner. The best way to put away clothing is to start with the hangable items, then move on to socks and underwear, and then pants and shirts.
The three things that any mess consists of are clothing, trash, and papers. So knocking out one of these makes a huge difference.
Tip #4 Start In One Corner
If you are just starting to implement the lists included below, you may be dealing with a room that is an absolute wreck. So when this is the case, the best way to get started is to start in one area and move around the room. Use Tip # 1 and always start with the bed. Then as you work your way around the room, put away all of the things in tip #2. You can lay all your clean clothes on the freshly made bed and then follow it up with tip #4.
Then voila! You have yourself a clean room to start implementing your new routine. Your routine will help ensure that your room never falls into chaos(well sometimes a messy room is inevitable, we are human after all). But still, even with this, some deep cleaning is required every now and then. Let’s go over why.
The Importance of Deep Cleaning
Deep cleaning is something that is missed, more often than not. But it’s VERY important. Deep cleaning is when you go the extra mile and clean the things you normally don’t. Some of the chores on this list look like this:
- Cleaning the Windows
- Washing Bedding
- Going through your clothes
I would say that deep cleaning should be implemented every one to two weeks to ensure that your room stays as clean as you deserve it to be. You can add this to your cleaning checklists below(there are some that are customizable). Since we are on the subject, let’s go ahead and move into the reason why we are all here: the printable checklists!
Printable Teenage Bedroom Cleaning Checklists
These checklists are the best way to make cleaning your room a habit. They’re simple, understandable, and absolutely adorable. If you love checklists then these are going to be your ticket to a clean bedroom. Take a look and see which one is best suited for you. I made sure to include ones that are only for a bedroom, and then also a bundle of different spaces.
You may as well kill 2 birds with one stone.
1. Clean Room Checklist
2. Deep Cleaning Checklist
3. Cute Cleaning Schedule
4. Kids Cleaning Cards
5. Ultimate Cleaning Bundle
6. Checklists By Room
7. Chore Cards
8. A Clean Bedroom
9. Customizable Checklist
10. Pick Up Your Room List
11. Star Lists
So there you have it. We have gone over the importance of keeping a clean room, the effects that not cleaning will have on your brain, and how to get started. You have all the tools you could possibly need right now at your fingertips!
Remember though that you are human in the end. There may be times when you get stressed out and your room gets messy again, and that is completely okay. The important part is that you now have the tools to be able to get up, dust yourself off, and get to cleaning again.
Life is all about collecting tools to become a better version of yourself. These are some of these tools!
Once you have this down in your routine, you can start adding other healthy habits like journaling. It all starts with this, how exciting!