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A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: A Shared Bedroom for Teens & Preteens

Dinomite and Bulldozer have shared a room since Bulldozer was a baby.  Bulldozer does not like being alone.  

Sharing a room was a bit easier in our old home.  The boys had three times the space.  But over time they've gotten used to their room here in Virginia and love it.

I'm super excited to continue our Minimalist Montessori Home Tour with a look at a shared bedroom for teens and preteens.

The boys participated in every part of it's design, including the color scheme.

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: A Shared Bedroom for Teens and Preteens

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: A Shared Bedroom for Teens and Preteens

Beds

The boys have the same beds as their sisters, with shelving underneath for their clothing.  The only difference is that their beds are gray intead of white.  

We rotate the boys' clothing out each season as they don't have access to both sides of their bed at one time.

They have had the same quilts for eight years, not wanting to change them, but only replace them if they wear out.

Play Area

Though the boys are twelve and thirteen, they still enjoy building LEGO sets.  Bulldozer was very clear that no matter how small the space in their room, he needed a place to build.  

For that reason we made sure they have their awesome activity table.  I just love that the sides have a ridge to keep toys on the table.  We use a mat to protect the surface of the table from being scraped up and ruined during play.

Under the table the boys store their built LEGO sets.  It may look like they've thrown their creations in the storage bins, but they're actually placed very carefully.  We love that these bins have wheels.  They're very easy to move around.

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: Built LEGO Set Storage

LEGO Storage

The boys have been collecting LEGO sets for years.  

Bulldozer's last goal was to collect every character from the Marvel Avengers  In order to do that he needed to purchase almost every single set.  Between holidays and savings he actually did collect every character and stone.

Dinomite's last two goals were to collect all of they Harry Potter and Jurassic World sets.  Needless to say, the boys have A LOT of LEGO pieces.  Like his brother, he succeeded.

This summer the boys decided to finally sort through all of their LEGO sets and organize them. 

A Minimalist Montessori Shared Bedroom for Teens and Preteens: LEGO Storage

We used twelve-three drawer units stacked on top of each other.  The boys sorted their LEGO pieces by color and design.  

It took us weeks to sort through all that they had, but it was worth it.

A Minimalist Montessori Shared Bedroom for Teens and Preteens: LEGO Storage

The boys have kept their LEGO pieces sorted for over two months now.  It made such a difference to follow their lead and sort things they wanted them sorted.

But know, this is not the only place that the boys store LEGO pieces.

A Minimalist Montessori Shared Bedroom for Teens and Preteens: Storage Ideas

On the opposite side of their room on their turning bookshelves are six bins for each boy.  Bulldozer's bins are gray. Dinomite's bins are navy blue.  

In each of these bins the boys store their favorite LEGO minifigure and accessory collections.

Other Storage

Also stored on their turning shelves are the boys books and personal treasures.

The trunk in their room stores extra bedding and sheets.

Lights wrap around curtain rods to help Bulldozer with his fear of the dark.

Shoes are stored on the back of the boys' door.  

Hats are hung above their LEGO collection.

Toiletry bags and their towels for the bathroom are stored on the shelf above the hats.

I love how functional the boys' room is despite it being such a tiny space.  They spend so much time in their reading, building and so much more!

A Minimalist Montessori Home Tour: A Shared Bedroom for Teens and Preteens


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