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By the time our kids hit the teen years, they’ve collected a lot of stuff! Tons of clothes (half of which don’t fit anymore), trophies, sports gear, collectibles, knick-knacks, papers, crafts, school artwork, jewelry, and the list goes on and on…
Their bedroom has become the catchall for everything they’ve accumulated throughout the last decade or longer and it shows.
Maybe it’s time to give your teen a fresh start. Clear out the clutter, get rid of everything they don’t need, use or want and create a new space that’s clean and organized, and makes them feel more relaxed and stress-free.
For cool storage solutions that will change the way your teen feels about their room, check out our 28 genius ideas to transform your teen’s bedroom.
An “Outfit Station” on a Closet Door
One of the coolest ideas around – especially for teen girls who love laying out their outfits with shoes and all the accessories. A simple over-the-door hook, a rod or dowel and plastic organizers attached to their closet door will make life so much easier!
DIY Union Jack Pegboard Headboard
Headboards are awesome, but let’s face it, they’re not very functional in terms of storage. What I love about this headboard is that it makes use of the typically unused space above the bed. A simple pegboard painted as you wish along with hooks, baskets and cool clip-on lights like the ones shown here and you’ll be maxing out space.
DIY Locker System
If you’re wondering what I’ll be doing this weekend, I’ll be making this awesome locker system for my son! It’s such a great way to store all his stuff and the doors keep everything out of sight – because we all know teenagers will never keep it organized. To make these super cool lockers, click HERE!
Clever Desk Organizer
It doesn’t get any easier than this! Keep their desk area organized and tidy with this simple organization hack that’s almost too simple!
Vanity Nook with Shelving
For the girl who needs her space to apply makeup, do her nails, primp and get ready in the morning, this simple, easy-to-replicate vanity nook with shelving will keep everything she needs right within arm’s reach.
DIY Storage Bench (Made from a Bookshelf)
This is one of those simple ideas that has you thinking, “why didn’t I think of that?” This DIY storage bench, which would look great at the foot of a bed or as a window seat, is actually made from a bookshelf. For the how-to, click HERE!
Image: Mommy Vignettes
Rolling Under-The-Bed Pullout Storage Drawers
Teenagers are notorious for collecting lots of stuff, which is exactly why it’s important to make use of every inch of space. These rolling under bed storage drawers will give them the extra space they need for shoes, clothes, accessories and more. Here is a great under bed storage unit that will free up a ton of space in your teen’s bedroom.
Creative Use of Cubes and Shelving
There is so much about this picture that I love! The simple modular cubicles, shelving and desk, the 3-tiered rolling cart and the stacked storage boxes are a great example of how easy it is to create a space that’s organized, functional and still very hip.
Max Out Space with Command Hooks
If your budget is tight and you don’t know where to begin, head to the store and buy Command Hooks. They’re great for hanging everything from wire baskets and baseball hats to jewelry and backpacks! My daughter in college hung string between two Command Hooks and hung all her favorite pictures to the string with clothespins – easy and adorable!
Floor-To-Ceiling Industrial Shelves
These awesome DIY rustic industrial shelves from Beneath My Heart are not only cool, but they’re also highly functional. Adding floor-to-ceiling shelving is a great way to make use of every ounce of space.
Corner Shelving for Extras
We often don’t think about hanging shelves close to the ceiling, but when your teen’s stuff is overflowing, you have to use every bit of space. I love these dark, heavy floating shelves because they add a ton of flair to the room and plenty of extra space to show off trophies, knick-knacks and decorative storage bins. Great for guys or girls!
Over-The-Door Closet Space with Ladder
Who needs a closet when you use vertical space to hang clothes? Bookcase shelving along with a rod to hang clothes and a sliding ladder transforms this tiny space into a functional bedroom that makes choosing an outfit to wear a total breeze.
DIY Folding Desk
When you’re on the hunt for teen storage ideas, you have to get creative, especially when you’re dealing with tight spaces. This clever DIY folding desk made out of a palette is easy to build and looks amazing – plus, it offers a functional space to study and do homework. For instructions, click HERE!
Over-The-Door Shoe Organizer for Small Items
Small ideas = big solutions! Use simple pocket organizers like this one to organize makeup, lotions, nail polishes, beauty supplies or anything else you can think of. Hang it on the back of a door or use a Command Hook to hang anywhere you like.
Image: Organization Junkie
Bookshelf Beneath the Bed
For the bookworm whose bedroom is bursting at the seams with books, this bookshelf beneath the bed is a brilliantly easy idea that’s easy enough to replicate. Plus, when your teen is lying in bed at night, all their books will be right at their fingertips.
Multifunctional Headboard/Bookcase Room Divider
Seriously, the most clever idea I’ve ever seen! What a fabulous idea to separate space in your teen’s bedroom and add extra storage space. The wheels make it easy to roll, too! For the tutorial, click HERE.
Behind-The-Door Hanging Baskets
Need extra space for purses, books, sunglasses or scarves? This behind-the-door hanging basket organizer is a simple fix that will free up a ton of space and tidy up the room.
DIY Full-Length Mirror with Handy Storage
What teenager wouldn’t absolutely love a full-length mirror to give themselves a glance before they head out the door? What I love about this mirror is that it has a hiding storage area that offers plenty of extra space for lipsticks, lotions, nail polish or other beauty accessories. For the how-to, click HERE!
When space is really tight, sometimes you have to step out of the norm and get really creative. This corner storage area is functional, adds plenty of extra hanging space and still looks adorable with a few fun accessories mounted on the shelf.
Vertical Shelving in Unused Space
Tapping into the best teen storage ideas sometimes means you have to go vertical. This cool corner shelving unit is great because it takes advantage of typically unused corner space, plus it adds a lot of character to the room.
Rustic Jewelry Organizer
Sometimes the simplest bedroom accessory can make life so much easier. This rustic jewelry organizer is easy to mount, looks stylish and fun, and will make grabbing their favorite jewelry a breeze before they dash out the door.
Acrylic Wall-Mounted Calendar
Ditch all the paper and sticky notes and use this fun acrylic wall-mounted calendar instead! Now your teen can keep track of all their homework due dates, vacation time, sports commitments and dates with friends all in one place. For a closer look, here’s the link for this Hobby Lobby acrylic calendar!
Tank Top/Cami Organizer
A simple hanger along with a few dollar store shower curtain hooks and they’ll have a great place to hang all their camis and tank tops. This idea would work great for scarves or belts, too!
Use “S” Hooks to Hang Jeans
I wish someone had told me about this clever hack years ago. As opposed to hanging jeans (which teens never do) or folding jeans (which teens also never do), these handy “S” hooks make it easy for them to hang their jeans from the belt loop. This 20-pack of S hooks from Amazon would work great!
DIY Pegboard for Desk Area
A trip to Home Depot for pegboard and some clips and you can totally change your teen’s desk area into an organized and cool space that’s actually enviable!
Stacked Wooden Crates
Who says organizing has to be expensive? The ones shown here are from Etsy (and they’re completely fab), but you can certainly recreate the idea and even paint crates to match your teen’s room decor. Check out the ones shown here available at Etsy.
Modular Shelving and Dressers Transform Closet Space
Teenagers aren’t the best at keeping their closet organized. Tap into the ton of available storage ideas including modular shelving and dressers to max out space in their closet and customize their organization needs.
DIY Storage Towers (Instead of a Traditional Headboard and Nightstand)
This easy-to-build double storage tower trumps any headboard and nightstand. It looks sleek, keeps everything organized and within arm’s reach and it offers a ton of extra storage space. Check out the tutorial by Two Make a Home HERE.