Welcome to the next tour! This week I’ll be sharing each of my kids’ rooms. This is Michelle’s room, she is 14.5 years old and has an identical twin sister. (Look for her twin sister’s tour next.)
Important: I did NOT clean, organize, or tweak this bedroom at all before taking the video and photos. I took the pictures on a Saturday 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.
The Tour in Pictures
Michelle is such a joy to have around. She is so witty and clever. She has such a great perspective on the world around her. She is as good at art as she is at math and science, which makes her a unicorn in middle school. Her room is a reflection of her awesome personality.
She specifically has not put any art above her bed because she is waiting for “just the right idea.”
I think a key part of a teenage room should be space to hang out. I want her to enjoy hanging out in here with her sisters or friends. I want home to be a safe, peaceful, and comfortable place.
I want her to have a place to come and be to enjoy time to herself. Introverts especially love having a space of their own to go and just be.
And yes, that picture is crooked on purpose. She makes me laugh.
Her desk doubles as an art and crafts table. She gets to paint in her room. Life is too short to worry about every drop of paint. Plus, I trust her to be responsible in this space.
The used look of this desktop makes me so happy.
Michelle’s room has a lot of open space, or “negative space” as they say in organizing and interior design. Negative space makes artists happy. It gives her room to think!
Her dresser is in that closet to keep the room less cluttered, as you can see in the video tour.
Michelle does better in her own room. Since she has had her own room the past year and a half, she has done such a good job keeping it clean. The bed is made most days I come in here!
Yes, there are those busy weeks and her room gets messy, but Saturday comes and she cleans it up well. I’m very proud of her hard work and her beautiful room.
From my home to yours,
Wondering how with pre-teen girls how you got them to have less clothes, headbands, jewelry, scrunchies, rubberbands, etc….
Hey Liz – I’m not sure if there is any kind of trick, except for systematically I don’t encourage excess. Have enough shoes? We don’t buy more. Have enough clothes? We don’t buy more until they’re ruined or out-grown. And then besides that, we declutter their rooms annually with the challenge and then we declutter their clothes again at the start of the school year when all the clothes go on sale and I buy/replace a ton at one time.
If you’ve already got too much, just declutter normally and then watch the shopping habits. Unless your kids are buying their own, you’ve got a lot of power here. 🙂