TeenLit: Where’s My Stuff? Is a Guide for De-stressing at Home and School
Remember the good old days when organization wasn’t a big deal? When kids didn’t agonize over where to put things, or that there wasn’t anywhere to keep their stuff. That was in the beautiful years PC (pre-computer). Also PMP3, PIPAD, and PCell. That was the golden non-electronic age.
Phones were attached to walls, transistor radios were the size of some modern boom boxes, and there were no computers. If you lost your phone, you followed the cord from the jack to its new location. Now that everything has been so beautifully miniaturized and wireless, it so much easier to lose important pieces of equipment. (Yes, boys and girls, there was actually a time when you had to “go to the phone” to make a call; it didn’t fit in your pocket, and if it did, you would be tethered to the wall by the cord.)
Disorganization equals stress. The more disorganized a person is, the more stressed out they become. So while organizational skills for teens forty years ago involved “How to Organize Your Term Paper,” much more sophisticated organizational problems plague kids today.
Think of how much junk you have because you have a computer. Disks, paper, printer, ink cartridges, mouse, flash drives...enough already! A 9x12 bedroom that could comfortably accommodate a kid like...say, Eddie Haskell back in the day, is woefully inadequate now. As a teen, I knew where everything was--in the bottom of my closet. But kids accumulate and require so much gear, that “storage” area is laughable.
This is where Where’s My Stuff? The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide (by Samantha Moss with Lesley Schwartz) comes in. With all the personal paraphernalia kids have and all the activities in which they are involved, one can quickly become disorganized, therefore stressed. One of the problems is that disorganization creeps up on you. One day all you worry about is getting the toys into the toy box; before you know it you can’t find the flash drive with the science paper that is due tomorrow.Continued on the next page