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When raising a teenager, sometimes rebellion may give off the impression that they do not take advice or appreciate their parents. However, I hope you know this is not true, and if you have an unorganized teen, odds are if you reach out to help (without being overbearing) they will gladly accept. Here are 10 Steps To Get your Teen Organized. 1. Have a family bulletin board with a schedule. Everyone’s activities go up on the board, so everyone knows “what’s up,” all the time. 2. Help your teen stay on top of their organization by helping them draft a weekly list of duties to stay organized (check homework, wash laundry, etc.) 3. Encourage your teen to stay focused near the end of the semester. Suggest a reward if they stay organized through finals, like an outing or activity done together. 4. Respect your teen’s organization schema. Their organization method may be different than yours, but if it works for them and they are still productive, and not causing anyone else in the household inconvenience, leave them be. 5. Encourage lists! It is easy to get motivated for an organization project and run out of steam halfway through. Help your teen make a list of how they want to organize their life, and then create a time-line. This way, the long to-do list is broken down into achievable tasks. 6. Lead by example. If you are an organization disaster, it is difficult to impress upon a teen the importance of organization. Make sure your life has order before you begin asking them to change theirs. 7. Or, make it a bonding experience or challenge, and organize together. 8. Encourage their motivation. When your teen begins to run out of organization steam, or you see them slipping back into chaos, remind them of how nice and pleasant their room feels when they have it clean and organized. 9. Bring in outside advice. It CAN be difficult for teens to take advice from parents. Bring in a family friend or professional organizer to help assess their organization and help them organize their lives. Be sure to make sure your teen is okay with this first! 10. Teach them! If your teen let’s their dirty clothes pile up for ages until you take it upon yourself to wash them think: have you taught them the proper way to run laundry? Organization is a life skill, and as parents, it falls into the realm of things that must be taught. Towanna B. Freeman is the creator of BlackLifeCoaches.net . She is also a mother of two, community mentor, inspirational speaker, and author of Purposeful Action, 7 Steps to Fulfillment .  

Purposeful Parents: 10 Steps To Get your Teen Organized

When raising a teenager, sometimes rebellion may give off the impression that they do not take advice or appreciate their parents. However, I hope you know this is not true, and if you have an unorganized teen, odds are if you reach out to help (without being overbearing) they will gladly accept. Here are 10 Steps To Get your Teen Organized.

1. Have a family bulletin board with a schedule. Everyone’s activities go up on the board, so everyone knows “what’s up,” all the time.

2. Help your teen stay on top of their organization by helping them draft a weekly list of duties to stay organized (check homework, wash laundry, etc.)

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