Today I’ll be sharing my only boy bedroom tour. Brian is 7 years old and extremely strong-willed. If you think I placed things “just so” for these pictures, you’ll see the truth in the video.
Important: I did NOT clean, organize, or tweak this bedroom at all before taking the video and photos of any of my kids’ rooms. I took the pictures after the kids each cleaned their rooms as they do each Saturday. I want to contribute to content on the internet that is inspiring, but achievable. I allow my kids freedom to adjust their bedrooms and arrange things as they want, which means it’s not perfect, but it is better than perfect to me.
I enjoy the aspirational, magazine-worthy Pinterest home tours as much as anyone. BUT, I know from talking to many readers that only seeing those kinds of photos can be discouraging. I hope you’ll enjoy this realistic bedroom tour!
I’ve included a quick video tour to go along with the pictures. For me, videos make it easier to get a real feel of the room.
*Please remember that this room was cleaned and prepared for these photos by a 7 year old. 😂*
The Tour in Pictures
The reason each of my 4 kids can have their own room in this house is because Brian’s room isn’t technically a bedroom. It is slated as a media room, but we popped in a window and call it a bedroom.
He does have a lot of hanging clothes, like his school uniforms and Sunday clothes, so I’m grateful for this hand-me-down wardrobe from my parents.
He is constantly pulling things around and changing up where things are in his room. But, he is learning so much about decluttering and is starting to be the one to clean his own room!
Also, that LEGOS shelf is meant to store LEGOS he has put together, plus it doubles as a place to actually play with the LEGOS.
I don’t love the little blankets he keeps shoved under his mattress, which he says is because it is a fort. BUT, I pick my battles with kids’ rooms.
As far as the bed goes, he doesn’t use a top sheet, but uses blankets, which are folded at the bottom of the bed. We did this same thing with my girls when they were younger, and I can promise you, when he is old enough to make a bed with top sheets, we’ll add them and he’ll figure it out just like his sisters.
In the meantime, I like to avoid the messy drama and I certainly don’t want to be responsible for making his bed every day.
His room has a lot of furniture. These pictures are making that even more clear to me. It is a goal of mine to streamline things in the next few years, especially when he gets taller and some of the furniture can be a little taller too.
If you don’t know when your kid has too much toys, it is when they can no longer easily keep their room clean. Some of these buckets are fairly empty, which really makes it easier to clean (he isn’t having to shove things into tight places). And he can keep it clean on his own.
It does feel like a little too much to me, but I’m not trying to force my kids to be minimalists, just trying to help them form good habits with cleaning and clutter.
Next to his shelves are hooks for his bags and coats. I love having those at a level he can easily reach himself.
My number one goal this school year is to help Brian because a very good reader. He has a mix of fun books and classics, whatever it takes to reel him in to the world of reading.
This kid is so smart and funny. Maybe it’s because he is my baby, but it really feels like he is growing up too fast. The other day Matt and I were driving him somewhere and were having a conversation in the front seat. Then, we hear a voice speaking up from the back: “Can I be talking with you guys too?”
I know his room won’t always look like the LEGO catalog exploded, so I’ll keep working on teaching him good principles while I allow him some freedom in his own space. All these phases don’t last forever, I already know.
From my home to yours,