Messy Room to Homework Station: Bedroom Makeover

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As my son gets older, his bedroom seems to have got messier. He used to keep it very tidy but since turning ten years old, he puts things down and just leaves them. His Grandma and I have spent quite some time tidying his room over the past few months. It had got to the point where we had had quite enough of doing this for him though. We decided that he needed to take back the responsibility of keeping it tidy himself. We just had to figure out a way to motivate him to keep his room clean and clear.

Messy bedroom to homework station: An inspiring bedroom makeover. My son's bedroom was very messy so when we were given a desk from Kit Out My Office, we got to work tidying his bedroom. We re-arranaged the furniture in the bedroom and added the desk. Homework stations for kids and homework stations for teenagers are a great way to motivate children to do their homework and to keep the room tidy. Desk orginaisation is important too. We have made sure that my son has everything he needs within arms reach, to get his homework done quickly and painlessly. Less distractions are best. This bedroom idea for small rooms is perfect for my tween. This shows the bedroom makeover before and after pictures. This Aspire desk is great for any budget. My son chose a science themed desk space. He included his periodic table, robot stacking dolls, magnet fiddle toy, his science experiments book, a quote from Einstein to motivate him, his guitar picks, a stationary pot and of course, his Lego creation. #ad

Messy Room

Here are some of the pictures of my son’s room after his recent bout of not being bothered to keep his room tidy. This was one week after we had last tidied it. As you can see, it was a struggle getting his clean clothes into the wardrobe. His dirty clothes were under the bed and strewn all over the place. He insisted on keeping his wardrobe doors open for the simple reason (as he admitted later) that he could not get them shut. He loves reading but his books were getting tatty and damaged.

My ten year old son's room was very messy. We needed some motivation to get it tidied and to stay tidy. Clothes, Lego, science sets and all sorts of broken toys were all over the place.

Overall, the room was getting out of hand and he was starting to ask to sleep in the living room because he couldn’t get to his bed. Absolutely frustrating when it had been clean and clear only a few days previously. This messy room to homework station bedroom makeover was absolutely necessary.

Bedroom Makeover

My son’s bedroom has had the same layout the whole time he has been in that room. We decided to clear the room, leaving only the bed and the wardrobe in there. Sorting out everything from his room and throwing away anything that was broken or not needed any more.

We decided to give him a bedroom makeover after receiving an office desk from Kit Out My Office.

We soon realised that his bedroom mainly consisted of science sets, Lego, books as well as the clean and dirty clothes. It all needed sorting out. All of the Lego went into a large, sturdy box, every single last piece. My son was told that from now on, all Lego had to go in this box by the end of every day.

His books were sorted and his bookshelf was put into the hallway so that they could be accessed by the rest of the family. All clean clothes were put away in the wardrobe and dirty clothes were washed, dried and put away too.

Discussing How to Arrange His Room

We discussed the new layout of his room and my son was happy for us to arrange the room in anyway that we wanted. He did say that he wanted all of his posters back on the wall but that he had an idea about where he wanted each one of the to go. I gave him a small box to put things in that he wanted to keep near his bed. He put in the book that he was reading at the moment and some other nic knacks.

I think it is important to talk to children about how they want their own bedrooms arranged. After all, it is their own personal place that they should feel they have a choice in deciding what goes where. It also helps them to feel part of the process and automatically gives them the responsibility of  wanting to keep their room as they decided they wanted it to be.

We cleared my tween's bedroom and re-arranged the furniture. We talked to him about it first.

Making the Space into a Homework Station

As my ten year old is about to enter Year Six, he is slowly getting more and more homework. We looked around a local Secondary School the other day and realised that his attitude to homework needed a boost to get him prepared for the transition. Having an inviting space to work is always great motivation.

A Homework Station Needs and Office Desk

Luckily, we received an office desk from Kit Out My Office that was perfect for this messy room to homework station bedroom makeover. The desk really made his bedroom look much smarter.

Making space for the office desk between the bed and the wardrobe.

The position of the desk was just right for my son. He wanted to be able to sit on his bed sometimes to write notes if he thought of a story at night time. His post-its are wonderful for jotting notes down. It was also in the best place for having as much natural light as possible shining through the windows. I think natural light always helps with motivation levels.

A science themed homework station desk.

When arranging his precious items on his office desk, we discussed clutter. We decided that his desk was to stay as clear as possible and that his bedroom was to be kept exactly as it was when we spoke. After a quick talk, we decided that my son would spend five minutes before bedtime everyday just tidying everything up in his room.

Einstein quote with desk accessories. Post-it notes with an Albert Einstein quote, an alarm clock, guitar picks and a magnetic fiddle toy with a periodic table poster on the wall.

Messy Room to Homework Station: Feeling Motivated

He mentioned that he wanted to start by doing some artwork on there with big sheets of paper, as the desk is quite deep. The science notebook also found its way onto the desk, all ready to do some more experiments. By this point, he was feeling very inspired by all of the exciting projects he could get stuck into now that he had his own space to do them.

We decided that homework was to be done straight after school on Tuesdays and Fridays. Even if he had no homework, he would need to sit and read or write something at these times to keep in routine. This quiet time will be useful for when he starts secondary school and has more homework than he has now.

Russian dolls robots Lego and Stationary.

It was important to him to have everything he needed within reach. His fine tipped pens, biros and pencils were all put close by. As he finds that he can concentrate better if he has a fiddle thing, we arranged his magnetic toy, robot stacking dolls and one of his Lego creations so that he could just pick them up whenever he needed to. His 3D pen was put into the handy drawer ready for even more creations.

Healthy snacks are very important so we talked about taking a bowl of fruit or vegetable sticks with houmous or any other healthy snack into his room to do his work. Usually, he is not allowed snacks in his room. If he keeps it on his new desk and eats while doing his homework, I have said that having a snack may motivate him to keep working.

How This Bedroom Makeover Helped My Child

A great position for the desk. Messy Room to Homework Station: Bedroom Makeover.

The process of changing messy room to homework station had a big impact on my child. He felt really inspired to use his homework station to start some creative as well as some scientific projects. After realising that his messy bedroom had got out of hand, he promised that he’d never let it get like that again. He told me that it had helped him to think more clearly. Thinking about where to find his clothes was not a problem any more. They are all in the wardrobe. His Lego is all in the Lego box. He says that he now knows where to locate what he is looking for as everything has its own place.

Overall, this messy room to homework station bedroom makeover was a success!

Does your child have a messy bedroom? How did you encourage them to keep it tidy?

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Disclosure: This is a Collaborative Post with Kit Out My Office. We received the desk pictured in return for writing this post.

 

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