Let’s be honest. It’s tough staying organized sometimes, and it’s even tougher for teens. They’ve got so much going on — activities, friends, school — that it’s sometimes tough for them to keep things straight. You may feel that you’ve gotta swoop in and help them keep stuff together, but that will only stress out the both of you. So what can you do?
Fret not. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend your days agonizing over your teens’ exploding closets. Here are some great products to help your teens stay organized, especially as back-to-school season is upon us. It’ll solve basic organizational problems, giving them time to focus on other, more important things — like school, and maybe even doing their own dishes (you can get your hopes up, it’s okay).
Homework, projects, extracurriculars and plans with friends mean your teen’s schedule is probably just as crazy as yours. Help her keep it all together with myHomework, an app to keep all her responsibilities and to-do lists within reach. (myhomeworkapp.com, prices vary)
We know, we know… the backpack has to look cool. But it also needs to be functional. This one from JanSport meets both requirements. It has a protective pocket for a laptop or tablet, special pockets for chargers, water bottle pockets and much more. Plus it comes in a variety of colors. (JanSport.com, $75)
Remember trying to fit all your books and notebooks on that one tiny shelf in your locker? Don’t make your teen go through that hassle. Get her some easy locker storage like these hanging shelves, to help keep her locker in order. (Organizeit.com, $24)
Closets are often a nightmare for teens, and they’re like the cave of doom for the parent who opens the door. Keep all those shiny and new school clothes where they belong with a built-in organizational system like this one, so your teen won’t be as inclined to haphazardly throw them wherever. (JCPenney, $12-20)
Hanging shoe organizer
Girls love their shoes, but where can they put them? A hanging shoe organizer gives shoes a home, and let’s face it — shoes deserve a home, and not to be strewn all over the ground. JCPenney, $27)
Make school mornings go smoother by keeping all her beloved accessories in one place for easy finding. Get her a jewelry box she loves so she’ll actually use it. (JCPenney, $45)
This might seem archaic, but keeping track of the date, appointments, various due dates, and obligations will help your teen stay mentally organized. Sure, your teen is plugging away on his or her iPhone, but there’s something to be said for a good old-fashioned calendar. (Calendars.com , prices vary)
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