Clean Up Technique

My son has been driving me nuts since he doesn’t want to clean his room is working on cleaning messes that he makes. Last night at bedtime, I was fed up, the toys that he had played with earlier were scattered all over his floor. Keep in mind, it was a rainy day in Central Florida so…we were confined…inside our home…all day long…which means LOTS of toys…everywhere! You couldn’t even tell he had hardwood floors in his room!

I warned him that if he did not help clean up the mess, I was going to do it and he was not going to like my method. I told him he had a few minutes to start cleaning and then I was coming back to check.

The first inspection was a complete fail. I warned him again and walked out. I returned in a few minutes and he was still playing and not cleaning up. I asked him again and he said “no mommy”.

What did I do? I waltzed into the kitchen and grabbed a trash bag. I returned and started putting his favorite toys inside. I let him know they were all going in the trash!

How did he respond? Well, after the sobbing and screaming he finally got it! I explained that he could have his toys back ONLY if he helped clean up the mess. Guess what? IT WORKED! Everything was put away in the correct locations, he even lined his shoes up in his closet!

Mean tactic? Perhaps. But, he learned a valuable lesson…that his mommy doesn’t mess around! I bet clean-up tonight goes much smoother.


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7 Thoughts to “Clean Up Technique”

  1. I’ve done that a lot of times. There has been a few times where they have only put away a few things and said go ahead and throw the rest away! Which totally defeats the purpose of the threat when you are looking at expensive stuff you just bought lol.

  2. Oh my, I can see where this can backfire. LOL! Well, I guess when that happens I’ll start a Craigslist and/or yard sale pile. 🙂

  3. Making mental note to do this when my son is older. You think I could try it with my husband and his socks or clothes for that matter. The socks are all over the house ( I hear this is common among men) and the clothes they are 2 feet from the basket 2??? I just don’t understand. Good luck today if this weather does not clear up! Stay dry 🙂

  4. Hi Rebecca, yes tough love works. He willingly has been cleaning up now. I guess when he starts slacking again, I’ll try the trash bag technique yet again. 🙂

  5. LOL @Tara! You could try it with your husband but somehow I don’t think it would have the same impact. Thank goodness my husband does not do that because it would drive me insane! Good luck with that. Yes, this weather is crazy! Guess we will be confined inside again today, should be fun.

  6. My mom used to do this to us. Definitely effective! I imagine I will have to do this to Brayden in another year or two.

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