Get Out of My Room

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Fun siblings-geared renovation show requires reality check.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

While this show's focus is on the overall design process, viewers see some simple and handy skills at work along the way. Tweens and parents use power tools to cut shelving, apply stain and paint to finish surfaces, and assemble some furniture. The crew offers tips about operating tools and wearing protective gear for safety.

 

Positive Messages

A mixed bag. This lifestyle series celebrates individual expression and creative design concepts, and involves tweens in the construction process for the finished rooms. There's real joy in watching siblings help with the process of creating a personalized room for each other. That said, it's implied that shared bedrooms are somehow burdensome and problematic for siblings, especially as they get older. Assigning each his/her own space is seen as a remedy to a problem. In addition, the 22-minute episodes give an inaccurate impression of the actual time, expense, and mess involved in renovation projects like these.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The host and construction expert are enthusiastic directors of the projects, and they involve the tweens and their parents in some of the hands-on work. The tweens genuinely enjoy the process and take pride in the work they do for their siblings' new rooms.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Get Out of My Room is a makeover show in which family members team up with professional designers and contractors to renovate separate bedrooms for siblings who currently share one. The show's focus on involving the tweens and their parents is valuable in presenting some simple DIY projects, outlining basic safety knowledge, and showing families engaged in hands-on work together. Because the tweens help design and construct each other's rooms rather than their own, there's also an air of giving rather than receiving throughout, as well as a genuine appreciation for the work done at the end. That said, the show's basic premise -- identifying and solving the "problem" of shared bedroom space for siblings -- suggests that it's a necessity rather than a privilege for kids to have their own rooms, which might not be the reality (or desire) for all viewers.

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What's the story?

GET OUT OF MY ROOM is a lifestyle series where tweens who share a bedroom get to renovate and design separate spaces for each other. Each episode begins with an introduction to a family unit, then turns its focus to the siblings in need of room makeovers. Before the work begins, they must decide who will stay in the room they've shared and who will be ordered to "get out of my room!" Working closely with host Claire Zinnecker and carpenter Jerry Brown, Jr. ("JBJ"), each tween help design and stylize their sibling's room using themes and colors the new owner suggests.

Is it any good?

Renovation shows might not be a big draw for kids' screen time, but this one has a fighting chance because of its focus on tweens and the relatable issue of the challenges of shared living space. Given the chance for a dream room makeover, these siblings take full advantage and seem to really enjoy the process of helping design for each other. Herein lies a subtle bonus for the show; even though both siblings are beneficiaries of the renovations, each remains focused on the other's finished product until the big reveal at the end, keeping the spirit of giving rather than receiving at the forefront.

That said, Get Out of My Room requires a reality check for those who watch and might be inspired by the seemingly instantaneous transformations. These are projects with a sizable budget that's never mentioned, a full construction/design crew that's never seen, and a project timeline that's never defined, all of which makes the process seem a lot easier than it really is. Don't be surprised if your kids are inspired by the possibilities this series presents, but know that renovations on this scale aren't within every family's abilities.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how they might renovate a room in their house under similar parameters as those on Get Out of My Room. How would you incorporate color and décor to set a certain mood? What kinds of functional art would you use? How would you ensure your personality shone through?

  • How do our surroundings influence our self-image and our happiness? On the other hand, what intangible things make you happy?

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  • Do TV shows ever have a negative effect on how you view yourself or your situation? To what degree are shows like this one reality? How are they unrealistic? Do they suggest a definition of perfection that conflicts with your own? What effect does that have on you?

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