Being a tween is a hugely important developmental stage – their tastes and interests are constantly changing as their personalities really begin to shine, and they start to discover more about themselves and who they are.
To help make it a little less confusing, parents should encourage tweens to remove unnecessary clutter from their lives – while being sensitive that there will be childhood favorites they’ll want to hang on to (and that you might be a little nostalgic about too..!)
Here are four steps on how to help your tween declutter and give them a clean and fresh start as they get comfortable in this next stage of life:
Out with the old, in with the new
Set a goal with your tween to remove at least five items from their wardrobe that they haven’t used in the past year, or that they may have outgrown. If the clothes are still wearable, bundle them up and pass them down or choose a charity to donate them to. If they are no longer in wearable condition, don’t throw them in the trash – use them as rags. Did you know nylon cloth takes 30-40 years to decompose..? Get the most use out of it as possible!
Clean clothes vs. Dirty clothes
Encourage your tween to form a great new habit. Clean clothes are to be folded and put away immediately, and dirty clothes are to go straight to the laundry. No more piles of clean laundry on desks, chairs or beds…and say goodbye to dirty piles of clothing on the floor. It’s a quick and easy fix that will lead to a tidier bedroom that immediately becomes a nicer place to spend time.
Label and stack
Organizing different items and labeling them is a great way to sort out a closet or a bedroom that is full of clutter. It could be anything from sports equipment to hair accessories. Pop them in boxes, label and stack! Quick, easy and super effective!
Clear the clutter
If you’ve been keeping years of school and artwork, sit and go through it together to select a few great pieces to keep. Maybe there’s a funny story behind a certain drawing, or your tween wrote a meaningful piece in third grade – but I’m sure you’ll both agree, old math homework from 2011 can probably go in the recycling. Before you throw old notebooks in the recycling, remove blank pages and use them for notes, lists or just general scrap paper. You’ll be surprised how much life is left in a half-used notebook!
Hate to throw away all those precious drawings and artwork? Check out this fabulous idea for preserving those memories while clearing the clutter.
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About Shannon Tennyson
Shannon Tennyson is mom to a tween and young teen in North Carolina. Three years ago Shannon and her family packed their belongings, rented their home, and moved to Paris for a grand adventure, returning in late 2014. That experience later inspired the launch of tween brand CALZICO with her daughter. CALZICO is a globally-inspired, versatile clothing brand for tweens. To see what Shannon's up to, visit calzico.com or on FB, Twitter or Instagram @calzico.