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Mom's Garbage Bag Trick to Get Kid to Keep Room Clean

Did This Mom Take Things Too Far With Her Punishment For Her Kid's Messy Room?

What do you do when you are DONE telling your teenage daughters to stop letting their room look like homeless people...

Posted by Alice Velásquez on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

When your kid refuses to clean his or her room, what do you do? Do you give them passive-aggressive reminders, do you simply ground them, or do you find yourself tidying up just because you can't handle the mess anymore?

Alice Velásquez grew tired of telling her teenage daughter the same thing over and over again, so this time, she did something completely different, and after posting about it on Facebook, this mom is being hailed as a "genius" with her novel idea being called nothing short of "brilliant"!

So, what did she do exactly?

You put everything (YES, EVERYTHING) into plastic bags and you sell it back to them for $25 a bag (and they have to earn the money doing chores). The best part? The bags were collected as they were found in the room – random! So their $25 could buy a bag of dirty clothes, it could buy a bag of trash, or it could buy their soccer gear.

Pretty clever indeed, but is it practical? Would the girl simply have to miss her next game if she didn't buy back her cleats in time? Did any of the bags contain important homework or her toothbrush?


Alice later wrote that her daughter earned back all her belongings — and that it didn't take long at all. "Her siblings all volunteered for extra chores to help her earn faster, too, so not only was it a lesson for my oldest daughter, but a great family building exercise as well."

What do you think — would you ever try this technique with your messy kids?

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